Yahoo Employee Foundation
Founded by Yahoo employees in 1999, the Yahoo Employee Foundation (YEF) is a grassroots, philanthropic group that brings together the talents, time, and financial resources of Yahoo employees to serve the needs of communities around the globe. YEF is a unique foundation, as it is employee run, employee driven and employee funded.
As a separate entity from Yahoo Inc., YEF is supported, led and managed by Yahoo employees, who volunteer their time to serve on the 17 member Advisory Board and committees to organize an annual fundraising drive, volunteer events and employee championed community grant program. Donations to YEF are driven by employee contributions, which can be matched through Yahoo’s Matching Gifts program. Funds raised support YEF’s community grants program, which provides an opportunity for an employee to champion a grant for an organization they are passionate about. Focus areas include family and community building, youth and education, environment and animal welfare. Since 2000, YEF has donated over $15 million in cash grants to over 700 non-profit organizations locally, nationally and globally through the employee championed community grant making program.
Check out our spotlights on a few recent YEF Grant Recipients:
YEF Grant Recipient: Family Supportive Housing (FSH), Inc., San Jose, CA
Organization’ mission: To provide shelter and supportive services to homeless families in Santa Clara County, and to empower them to move from homelessness to self-sufficiency in our community.
YEF Funding Supports: YEF funding is supporting FSH onsite child development center, Voyager Child Development Center. The Center provides reliable, quality childcare for infants and pre-school children at the same site where they are housed. Many of the children served by the Center have special needs, and 10% of the children are diagnosed with developmental challenges. The Center’s goal is to provide childcare and a safe environment for children while their parents are in job training, attending case management, drug/alcohol and other on-site programs. The Center serves approximately 100 children annually.
YEF Grant Recipient: Boys Town, Boys Town, NE
Organization Purpose: Boys Town is dedicated to saving children and healing families across the country by providing an integrated continuum of care that instills values to strengthen body, mind and spirit.
YEF Funding Supports: YEF funding will help implement a new text messaging service to supplement existing services of Boys Town National Hotline, which is a free resource and counseling service providing crisis, resource and referral services to children and parents in times of crisis. Text-based counseling services give teens experiencing feelings of distress and despair a new method of communication to receive emotional support. When teens feel at ease communicating, counselors are able to quickly identify the core issues and provide the best assistance.
YEF Grant Recipient: Level Playing Field
Organization Purpose: Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI) is committed to eliminating the barriers faced by underrepresented people of color in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and fostering their untapped talent for the advancement of our nation.
YEF Funding supports: YEF funding supports LPFI’s Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH). SMASH is a three-year STEM enrichment program for high-potential students of color enrolled in under-resourced high schools. As part of SMASH, students spend five weeks every summer participating in rigorous STEM classes and reside on a college campus (SMASH Academy). Initially only located at UC Berkeley, additional SMASH sites have been added at Stanford University (launched 2011), USC and UCLA (both launched 2012). Through SMASH, LPFI has consistently focused on STEM education and has a track record of success in preparing scholars not only for college, but also graduate studies and, ultimately, careers in STEM. YEF funding will reach all four of our SMASH sites and allow LPFI to continue this life-changing program that in turn helps us to improve the pipeline of diverse talent pursuing STEM fields.