Indelibly Changing the Lives of Silicon Valley Foster Youth

When the pandemic forced the world to go virtual, the team at Pivotal – a nonprofit offering long-term coaching, scholarships, […more…]


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Double the Impact: Help Foster Youth Go to College

Pivotal provides over $450,000 in scholarships for foster youth each year. Pivotal’s education and career coaching help scholars succeed.

Pivotal awards annual scholarships of up to $5,000 and $25,000 over the course of a scholar’s college journey.

Thanks to the generosity of Lisa and Matthew Sonsini, all donations up to $50,000 will be matched dollar-for-dollar. Give now at


As a population, foster youth struggle to succeed in school and the workplace. In fact, 89% want to go to college but only 3% will earn their bachelor’s degree. No matter how you look at it, being in foster care is a tough road. Pivotal helps their dreams become a reality.

Pivotal specializes in guiding foster youth towards academic and employment success.
(408) 484-6201
CEO: Elise Cutini

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Like many other foster kids, I have been forced to live in what I call survival mode… We are so focused on trying to survive today that we forget about surviving tomorrow. And that is why my story without the help of Pivotal would be nothing but just a story. I know – to you – Pivotal may be just an organization. But to me and hundreds of kids, this is a family, a blessing. Here I found love, attention, someone to listen to me, someone that is there to guide me.
Victor Pineda
Pivotal Scholar and UC Davis senior

Key Supporters

Bette & Dave Loomis
Dianne & Regis McKenna
Epic Foundation
George G. & Jeanette A. Stuart Charitable Fund
Jeanne & Louis Hanover
John & Marcia Goldman Foundation
Laura & Gary Lauder Family Venture Philanthropy Fund
Lisa & Matthew Sonsini
Mark & Mary Stevens
May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust
Paul & Debbie Baker
Ranae DeSantis
Resonance Foundation for Children’s Health
Sanders Dickinson Foundation
Sobrato Family Foundation
Tammy & Bill Crown
The David & Lucile Packard Foundation
Tipping Point Community
Voorhis Foundation
Warmenhoven Family Foundation