‘Navigational Capital’

Veronica Toscano has overcome tremendous obstacles, regularly facing poverty and violence throughout her childhood in the South Bay. Her family […more…]

Students Rising Above

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(415) 333-4222
Interim Director of Development: Sarah Fahey


The Students Rising Above (SRA) community is dedicated to impacting the future through the cultivation of extraordinary youth. SRA invests in low-income, first generation college students who have demonstrated a deep commitment to education and strength of character in overcoming tremendous odds of poverty, homelessness and neglect. We help each student to realize his or her potential by guiding and supporting the student through college graduation, and into the workforce. Our graduates are breaking the cycle of poverty within their own families, serving their communities, providing a new generation of employees and leaders from diverse backgrounds, and accelerating positive change.

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We know you care about where your money goes and how it is used. Connect with this organization’s leadership in order to begin to build this important relationship. Your email will be sent directly to this organization’s Director of Development and/or Executive Director.

I am honored to be supporting the incredible students at SRA. Time and time again, I have seen firsthand the impact that SRA’s programming has on the lives of these incredible young individuals. It is truly amazing to see what the alumni of the program have accomplished. By affording them a life-changing opportunity, SRA unleashes the potential of these young people to achieve their dreams.
Susan Lowe
SRA Legacy Donor

Help Students Rise Above

There are two major ways to help support SRA and its students. The first is to consider a financial gift. A gift of $250, for instance, could provide access to emergency health services, while a more substantial gift of $5,000 could provide critical tuition coverage to allow a student to finish their program.

The second is by offering students career guidance, providing internship opportunities, or otherwise working with your company to help support an eager, committed student looking to learn and advance.

Key Supporters

Students Rising Above is committed to expanding and diversifying its revenue and funding streams. In a typical year, SRA collaborates with over 270 funders, community organizations, school systems, and corporations to support its array of programs and services. SRA relies on diverse funding streams — individual, foundation and corporate — and continually seeks opportunities to broaden its support base. Some of SRA’s top corporate and foundation funders from FY20-FY21 include:

Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation
Julia Burke Foundation
Koret Foundation
O’Shea Foundation
Quest Fund
Ross Stores Foundation
Shartsis Friese
Solid Rock Foundation
The Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation
Gap, Inc.
The Joseph and Mercedes McMicking Foundation
Union Bank
Warriors Community Foundation