The Power of Partnerships

10,000 Degrees collaborates with a vast network of partners who share our commitment to educational equity and our belief in the limitless potential of our students. By collaborating with foundations, scholarship funders, corporations, and schools, together we are helping students surmount the growing obstacles they face from college classroom to career.  

"10,000 Degrees work is more important than ever because we’ve been challenged as a country—by a pandemic, by an economic downturn, by social issues, and by racial issues. Donors and partners should support the work that 10,000 Degrees is doing because they are looking at systemic change and moving the needle on who has the opportunity in our country, who goes to college, and who will ultimately succeed. A degree changes everything for a student, their family, and their community."
Kim Cook
Chief Executive Officer, National College Attainment Network

Thank You to Our Foundation Partners

Thank you to our institutional partners who have invested in 10,000 Degrees to support our programs and our goal of serving over 12,000 students from low-income backgrounds annually.

Allensby Charity Fund

American Eagle Outfitters Foundation

Bank of America Foundation

Barinaga Goodman Fund of West Marin Fund

Bothin Foundation

City of Santa Rosa

College Futures Foundation

Comerica Charitable Foundation

Community Foundation Sonoma County

Consul General of Mexico, San Francisco

County of Marin

Crescent Porter Hale

ECMC Foundation

Edna Wardlaw Charitable Trust

Family Help Fund

Fenwick Foundation

Fleishhacker Foundation

Fullerton Family Foundation

George H. Sandy Foundation

Ginnie and Peter Haas Jr. Fund

Gruber Family Foundation

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

Hearst Foundations

Heffernan Foundation

Isabel Allende Foundation

John Jordan Foundation

The Joseph Pedott Perpetual Endowment Trust

JP Conte Family Foundation

JP Morgan Chase Foundation

Justice, Justice Foundation

Kaiser Permanente Foundation

Kimball Foundation

Larry L. Hillblom Foundation

Marin Community Foundation

Marin Charitable Foundation

Mellam Family Foundation

Medtronic Foundation*

The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation

Milagro Foundation

Napa Valley Community Foundation

Napa Valley Vintners

The Peter A. & Vernice H. Gasser Foundation

Quest Fund

Robert and Shirley Harris Family Foundation

Roger Trinchero Family Foundation*

S. H. Cowell Foundation

Sand Hill Foundation

Sharks Foundation*

Sobrato Foundation*

Solano Community Foundation

Sonoma County Board of Supervisors

Sonoma County Office of Education

Speedway Children’s Charities

The Stanley S. Langendorf Foundation

Stupski Foundation

Taube Philanthropies

Union Bank Foundation

Wellington Management Foundation

West Marin Fund

The William H. Donner Foundation, Inc.

Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation

*New Foundation Partner

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Gracie Francisco
Director, Institutional Advancement


Corporate Partners

As a 10,000 Degrees partner, your corporation can play a critical role in educating the next generation of professionals, in building a diverse talent pool, and in strengthening the economic vitality and social health of our communities. We are grateful for our many corporate partners that share a common goal with 10,000 Degrees to provide students from low-income backgrounds with greater access to career opportunities and resources.

There are many ways to partner with 10,000 Degrees,
from volunteering, to internships, to mentoring, to providing grants and scholarships.

Megan Topping
Director, Corporate Engagement



"Equitable access to high-quality education and employment opportunities are two of the most powerful predictors of success. 10,000 Degrees consistently works to break down the barriers that stand between students and those opportunities, and Bank of America supports this work because we see the positive impacts it has in our community and want to foster their continued strategic growth so they can have an even greater impact in the future."
Amy Loflin
Senior Vice President - Napa, Marin, Sonoma Market Executive
"The partnership between 10,000 Degrees and Sonoma State University is a win-win because we both want to help students to attend college and to succeed together. We are able to help more first-generation and low-income students to reach their goals and dreams. By providing additional information, support, and connections together, we help make college dreams come true. If another school were interested in partnering with 10,000 Degrees, I say, do it, don’t hesitate. You will change the lives of many promising students.”
Dr. Judy Sakaki
President, Sonoma State University

School Partners

We have the privilege of working directly with teachers, counselors, administrators, and volunteers in over 42 Bay Area high schools and 166 community colleges and universities across the Bay Area and nationwide.

Traci Lanier
Vice President

Christopher Gonzales

Director Of Strategic
Growth & School Partnerships

10,000 Degrees Scholarships for Equity

Scholarships by the Numbers

70 %
of our scholarships
are focused on equity
70 %
of recipients are from
low-income backgrounds
65 %
of recipients are Black,
Indigenous, Latinx
& People of Color
$ 3 M
in scholarships awarded*
50 %
of recipients are first
in family to college

* as of Nov 2021

Scholarship Partners

Utah Jazz Scholarship

For students from low-income backgrounds pursuing a 4-year degree at a Utah university.

“We believe strongly in the power of education to change lives. The Utah Jazz Scholars Program reflects our desire to help students from underrepresented groups who have historically received fewer resources and less support.”
Ryan and Ashley Smith
Owners of the Utah Jazz

La Cheve American Dream Scholarship

For undocumented students pursuing a degree in business or science at a 4-year college.

“When I got accepted to colleges but rejected for financial aid, I knew what it meant to be undocumented. 10,000 Degrees provided a scholarship and mentor who believed in me. I thought that my dream to open a business and provide scholarships to undocumented students was so far-fetched. But the day I figured out I could, I was crying. Knowing that every meal or drink my customers buy supports students makes me proud.”
Cinthya Cisneros
10,000 Degrees Alumna
Founder of the La Cheve American Dream Scholarship for 10,000 Degrees students
Owner of La Cheve Bakery & Brews, Napa Sonoma State University, 2012

Amyris Scholarship

For Black and African American students in STEM, business, and marketing.

“Access to education for all requires a steadfast commitment to bring funding, community, and opportunity directly to students. It’s an honor to partner with the United Negro College Fund and 10,0000 Degrees and play a role in helping students achieve their higher education goals and also help foster diversity and inclusion in the biotech industry.”
John Melo
CEO and President of Amyris

Legacy Society

10,000 Degrees mission is very important.

It’s exciting to see people who come from different backgrounds come together to serve a common goal. We believe that a college education is an absolute must, and realize there are a lot of people in our community who cannot avail themselves of any education. That’s why it’s so important to give back.

We give to 10,000 Degrees because we feel that if you truly believe in something, that it’s the right thing, and you have the ability, you’re obligated to give. And you have to build it in as a legacy too.

By putting 10,000 Degrees as a beneficiary into our estate plans, we’re setting an example for our children. We didn’t just say something was important, we showed that 10,000 Degrees is important even after our deaths and we feel strongly that 10,000 Degrees should continue even when we are gone.

When you join the 10,000 Degrees Legacy society, you’re not pledging a specific amount. You’re just pledging that you will do it. This is our future and it’s all part of what we can do today.

Marty & Marlene Stein
10,000 Degrees Sonoma Advisory Board Member & Legacy Society Members
Sonoma County Founding Members, 2009