At the Central Valley Foundation we look beyond the gaps for opportunities to advance English Learner students, promote First Amendment awareness and improve life in California’s Central Valley.
English Learners Inspire Us
At CVF, our priority is to help Central Valley English Learners succeed in school, in college, in careers – and beyond.
Because we are pleased to share information about our journey, many website pages include downloadable PDFs that contain greater detail. (Below you can download a one-pager about why English Learners are our priority.)
We hope you will feel free to share what you may learn with others and that it will lead to even greater advancement for EL students in the Central Valley and everywhere.
One former English Learner’s own experiences have shaped the way she approaches life as Superintendent of Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District.
Yolanda Valdez encourages students to, “Tell your goals to everybody because they will hold you accountable.”
Her goal is to share their outstanding talents and abilities with others to demonstrate “what these ‘disadvantaged’ children can really do.”
Explore Our Grants
Some say there will always be gaps – achievement gaps, information gaps, socio-economic gaps. We believe the projects we fund can help bridge the gaps and strengthen our communities and our society.
Explore Our Findings
As with the school districts and organizations we support, CVF is also a “learning organization.” Here, we share a few of the lessons that are helping inform our thinking and our philanthropy.
Through data collection, documentation and analysis, CVF continues to explore the impact of our grants and their potential to drive innovation and improvements in EL education.
Based in Sacramento, the Central Valley Foundation (CVF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit philanthropic organization which was founded in 1994 by Susan and the late James B. McClatchy.
The foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, all of whom reside in California’s Central Valley.