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Bringing Hope to California Children

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President & CEO: Shimica Gaskins


GRACE (Gather, Respect, Advocate, Change, Engage) strives to address the vital needs of people living in poverty by responding in the Vincentian tradition to the call of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In fidelity to Catholic Social Teaching, GRACE especially seeks to make a positive difference in the lives of low-income families and their children through value-based collaborations and by formulating, implementing and expanding measures to reduce barriers to full personal development and economic stability. (Adopted March 2013)

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I am proud to support GRACE in pursuit of this funding opportunity. GRACE has been a true accelerant for equitable change in California, addressing childhood poverty. GRACE has led a collaborative of partner organizations in using fact-based advocacy to support programs which directly address the root causes of persistent and generational poverty. GRACE has used their End Child Poverty Coalition’s collective strength to push California to implement policy changes that are now pulling children and their families out of deep poverty.
Josh Davis
Vice President of Policy and Partnerships, Strive Together

Join the Movement to Lift California Children and Families Out of Poverty

California bears the social and racial injustice of having over 1.7 million children and their families live in poverty in California. Poverty has life-long and intergenerational impacts that cost individuals and the state billions in lost opportunities each year. 

GRACE and the End Child Poverty California education campaign is building a movement to lift California children and families out of poverty. GRACE has galvanized 174 partner organizations and thousands of individuals to advocate for investments in systemic reforms that provide more cash assistance, childcare, housing, cradle to career opportunities, and nutritious foods so children and communities can thrive, resulting in billions of state dollars invested in the past two years. 

The impacts on families due to the pandemic require us to double down on our efforts to advance public awareness and support for transformational policies that not only help families today but also create intergenerational change. Our goal is to raise $200,000 to enhance our digital communications to constituents, organize rallies and listening tours, and update groundbreaking research conducted in partnership with Stanford University that is tracking the progress of the dollars invested. “We built a cross-sector coalition that is breaking down the silos and we need to be able to communicate with them regularly to keep them informed, active, and engaged,” says CEO Shimica Gaskins.

Key Supporters

Casey Family Programs
Daughters of Charity Foundation
Liberty Hill Foundation
National Community Renaissance of CA
Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
Resnick Family Foundation
Ring-Miscikowski Foundation
Rosenberg Foundation
Sisters of the Holy Family
Spencer Foundation
Strive Together
Weingart Foundation