The Tomberg Family Philanthropies is pleased to announce our 2017 grants. In late February, our Advisory Board held its annual funding meeting in San Mateo, California. The grants recommended by the Advisory Board and listed below were then approved by the Tomberg Family Board.

We are happy to be able to support a number of truly excellent projects and organizations working to improve the world in our four primary funding areas of poverty alleviation, the environment, health and education. We would like to congratulate the following organizations on their successful grant requests. We would like to invite you to help support these organizations by donating along with us or helping in other ways. Click the like below for more details about these organizations and information on how you can help.

Here are our 2017 grantees.

Bainbridge Youth Services

Bainbridge Youth Services (BYS) is a 62 year old nonprofit dedicated to promoting the social and emotional well-being of adolescents in Kitsap County, WA through counseling and diverse outreach programs and services. BYS is the only no-cost provider of mental health counseling, education and employment services for youth and their families in Kitsap County, WA. The organization strengthens the safety net for teens who are struggling with depression, anxiety, abuse, eating disorders, or other mental health issues.

Coastside Land Trust

The Coastside Land Trust is dedicated to the preservation, protection and enhancement of the open space environment, including the natural, scenic, recreational, cultural, historical, and agricultural resources of half moon bay and the San Mateo county coast for present and future generations.

Edge of Seven

Since 2010, Edge of Seven (Eo7), a Denver, Colorado, USA based 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has been committed to empowering girls and women abroad in Nepal, Rwanda and Kenya with educational and economic opportunities. Our seven principles — build capacity, transfer power, play on strengths, leverage, focus on generations, collaborate, and learn — give us direction and drive our work on the ground and the outcomes and impact they yield.

Foundation Communities

At Foundation Communities, we create housing where individuals and families succeed. By combining affordable housing and social services, we empower low-income residents by teaching them the tools, or providing the support, they need to stabilize and increase their economic standing. Our model is based upon favorable acquisition or construction costs, high rates of reinvestment for operations and maintenance, and on-site programs within our communities.

Grameen Foundation

Grameen Foundation’s mission is to empower the world’s poorest people to lift themselves out of poverty with dignity through access to financial services and to information. With tiny loans, financial services and technology, we help the poor, mostly women, start self-sustaining businesses to escape poverty. Founded in 1997 by a group of friends who were inspired by the work of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, our global network of microfinance partners reaches 2.7 million families in 22 countries.

Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

The IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is globally recognized as the first of its kind. School faculty and staff train and empower students and practitioners to innovate and lead—and to create positive and lasting change in the world.

Marion-Polk Food Share

Marion-Polk Food Share is the regional food bank leading the fight to end hunger in Marion and Polk counties. More than 44,000 people, including 16,000 children, receive emergency food each month through the Food Share partner network.

Rainforest Partnership

Rainforest Partnership is an international non-profit social enterprise focused on protecting tropical rainforests. We partner with communities in Latin America to develop sustainable economic alternatives to deforestation, making it more valuable for them to keep their forests standing. By creating a global network—linking people to people, community to community—we act as a catalyst to create long-term economic and environmental sustainability.

Reach Out and Read Carolinas

Reach Out and Read Carolinas is the regional coalition supporting over 400 clinical programs reaching over 300,000 young children across North and South Carolina. The medically based literacy intervention spread from its founding in Boston in 1989 and was replicated by grassroots healthcare volunteers in communities across the country. In 2016, Reach Out and Read’s 29,000 volunteer medical providers gave 6.9 million new books to 4.7 million children at more than 5,800 healthcare locations in all 50 states.

Reach Out and Read has a two-generational impact; it builds children’s home libraries in low-income households, and most importantly, positively impacts parental behaviors affecting healthy language and literacy development for their child. The mission in the Carolinas is to provide a medically-based literacy intervention for all children birth to 5 years of age, beginning with families living in poverty. Reach Out and Read is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the program has one of the strongest records of research support of any primary care intervention.

Texas Loves Children

Texas Loves Children, Inc. (TLC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve case outcomes for abused and neglected children by enhancing the quality of legal services they receive. The most important decisions about an abused or neglected child’s future are made in court. TLC exists to help ensure that those decisions are the best possible for the child.

UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health

The UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, now in its 15th year, promotes worldwide reproductive health with a focus on contraceptive development, family planning, abortion, adolescent reproductive health, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV, and maternal health. The Center has more than 100 active research and training projects with an annual budget of about $50 million. The Center’s primary tools are research, training, and policy analysis.

West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation

To help residents throughout our communities obtain the mental health services they need to heal, grow and thrive, the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation raises awareness and funds to support a number of the programs offered by the Clinic. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit West Yavapai Guidance Clinic is the largest non-profit in the County providing quality mental health, crisis intervention, and substance use treatment services to community members in need, and meets the needs of clients in a geographically large service area, stretching from Seligman in the north, Black Canyon City in the south, Cordes Lakes in the east and Bagdad in the west.


We would also like to thank all of the organizations that participated in this funding round by submitting Letters of Inquiry and / or full grant requests. This year we were able to make grants to approximately 7.4% of the organizations that applied for our assistance. To those organizations that we were unable to help this year, our decision not to offer support should not be considered an opinion on the merits of your project. We wish you success in obtaining funding from other sources, and hope that you will be successful in your endeavors.


Advisory Board members pictured in the above photo from left to right, front to back are Gordon Landis, Carolyn Woolf, Charlie Tomberg, Dave Lyon, Hazel Barbour and Jennifer Yore.

Photo Copyright © 2017 by The Tomberg Family Philanthropies. All Rights Reserved.

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