SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, October 6, 2023 – Life Science Cares Bay Area, an organization partnering with the life sciences industry and nonprofits to disrupt the cycle of poverty and inequality in the Bay Area community, announced today that it has been selected as a Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) Community Fund grant partner. Community Fund partners are chosen for their work increasing access to the building blocks of social and economic well-being, including housing, healthcare, education, job and career skills and other social supports.
LSC is one of 39 organizations CZI chose to support through the Community Fund in the upcoming year. The Community Fund pairs grants with capacity building to support leadership and organizational development so local groups have the resources and tools they need to further their missions and work. Learn more about CZI Community Fund Partners here.
Andrea Jones, Director of Bay Area Giving at CZI believes that, “These organizations are part of the foundation of San Mateo County and help families thrive by offering vital social support, including access to healthcare, education, career development and housing,” says Jones. “We’re thrilled to partner with these vibrant, important nonprofits in the coming year to further our mission of creating a more equitable, inclusive and just San Mateo County.”
“Like CZI, Life Science Cares believes that building lasting, valuable impact starts in the communities in which we live and work. We are honored and humbled to be recognized alongside our colleagues building a more equitable, inclusive, and just San Mateo County,” said LSC Bay Area Executive Director Aisha Baro.
CZI’s support will fuel growth in LSC Bay Area programs including Project Onramp, a program that helps underserved students explore careers in the life sciences through paid summer internships in the industry. This past summer, 50 students worked in a variety of roles across 19 companies and participated in additional mentoring and professional development workshops.
About Life Science Cares Bay Area
Life Science Cares Bay Area is a collective effort to activate the financial and human capital of the region’s life sciences industry – and partner with nonprofits – to disrupt the cycle of poverty and inequality in our communities. The organization helps solve societal problems through active caring, combining grants with supportive services such as volunteerism, thought leadership, and industry expertise. Since 2021, the organization has generated substantial grants, gifts, education, leadership interaction, and community engagement. For more information, please visit https://lifesciencecares.org/bay-area/
About the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative was founded in 2015 to help solve some of society’s toughest challenges — from eradicating disease and improving education, to addressing the needs of our communities. Through collaboration, providing resources and building technology, our mission is to help build a more inclusive, just and healthy future for everyone. For more information, please visit chanzuckerberg.com.
Aisha Baro, Executive Director
Life Science Cares Bay Area