We Need Jobs

Too many of our neighbors are out of work. It’s a problem we hear about everyday—and it’s a problem small businesses can fix. If 1 in 3 American small businesses hired one person, the nation would be at full employment.* At Opportunity Fund, we lend to local businesses that employ thousands of Bay Area workers.

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Opportunity Fund Helps Create Jobs

Too often, small business owners can’t access the funding they need to grow. Opportunity Fund makes loans to these small business owners so they can create jobs for themselves and their neighbors. Each Opportunity Fund loan helps businesses owners keep or create 2.4 jobs, on average. Small business growth = job growth. It’s that simple.

  • Your Gift to Opportunity Fund
  • Helps Fund
    a Loan
  • Small
    Business
  • Hires
    Employees
  • Lives
    Changed
  • Loan Repaid
    and Repeat!

The 1,000 Jobs Challenge

  • Curtis

    Curtis
    Owner, Nelson Printing

    “I love my job! As my own boss, I can create my own hours and spend time with my family.” Read his story.

  • Mamta

    Mamta
    Manager, Threads Beauty Bar

    “This job makes me feel hopeful.” Read her story.

  • Corey

    Corey
    Owner, Basic Green Cleaning

    “With the help of Opportunity Fund, I knew we could do it, even though it would be hard.” Read his story.

  • Lupe

    Lupe
    Owner, Day Dreams Massage

    Lupe built a business that provides for her family - and she employs 5 people from her community! Read her story.

At Opportunity Fund, we lend to local businesses that employ Bay Area workers. As California’s largest nonprofit microlender, we invest in neighborhood businesses—like dry cleaners, auto mechanics, and hair salons—that create jobs. Last year, we lent $5 million to these neighborhood businesses (up 112% over 2010), and—with your help—the sky is the limit.

Through our 1,000 Jobs Challenge, we’re giving you a chance to support job creation in your community. Your investment will generate income, stability, and hope for your neighbors. We can do this. You can help create 1,000 jobs.

How to Help

Make a gift to Opportunity Fund to help create the first 1,000 jobs that will put people from the Bay Area to work in 2012. Every new $1 you give will be matched, doubling your impact and helping reach our goal twice as fast.

Being an entrepreneur myself, I love the idea of helping other entrepreneurs. I am a big fan of Opportunity Fund. I have been back every year to contribute.
Opportunity Fund's philosophy is a wonderful blend of community compassion with individual industry.
Not all nonprofits are created equal. Opportunity Fund is a stand-out.
I believe in supporting the small local entrepreneur.

Job Angels

$1,000 and up
  • Bob & Nancy Althoff
  • Goldman Sachs Gives, recommended by Ken Hirsh & Becky Long
  • Janet Stull Baumgartner Foundation, advised fund of SVCF
  • Oliver & Melanie Miao
  • Mark & Diane Parnes
  • Goldman Sachs Gives, recommended by George & Renate Lee
  • Joe & Nancy Ragey
  • George & Cherry Snelling
  • The San Francisco Foundation
  • Public Welfare Foundation (recommended by Tom & Ellen Ehrlich)
  • Clarinda Merripen
  • Dave Krimm & Peter Bradley
  • Stearns Charitable Trust
  • Kathleen McShane & Bill Desmond
  • Y & H Soda Foundation
  • Chevron Corporation
  • Aaron Cooperband
  • Friedman Family Foundation
  • The James Irvine Foundation (Recommended by Greg Avis)
  • Bud & Rebecca Colligan
  • Bank of America
  • Ash McNeely
  • Eric Weaver & Sarah Jane Holcombe

Job Creator

$500 - $999
  • Susan Lowenberg & Joyce Newstat Fund
  • Anne Wakefield Atkinson Philanthropic Fund
  • E. Venessa Henlon
  • Anonymous Donor (2)
  • Connie & Bob Lurie Foundation
  • Scott Montgomery
  • Evelyn Huang
  • Susan Harper
  • Tom & Ellen Ehrlich
  • The Nachtsheim Family Foundation
  • Nick Augustinos & Curt Kirschner
  • A. Terry & Claudia Speizer
  • John Yee

Job Provider

$200 - $499
  • David & Joni Cropper
  • David Ai
  • Noreen Beiro
  • John & Liz Givens
  • Molly Morse
  • Sergio Garcia
  • William Cummings
  • Jeff Merkowitz & Molly Savitz
  • Robert Garza & Jennifer Andaluz
  • Veronica Tincher
  • Kelly Gaynor
  • James & Mary Weaver
  • Anonymous Donor (1)
  • Pat Krackov
  • Yolanda Ruiz
  • Gary & Virginia Brown
  • Joe & Christine Stafford
  • Stephen Huntington
  • Charles Chew & Patricia Ann Bossert
  • Connie & Alice George
  • Williams Eugene Yunt
  • Linda E. Speizer
  • Fredrick Lee
  • Diane Shields
  • Kevin Zwick

Job Investor

up to $199
  • Kristin Renansky
  • Myra Melford
  • Amber Randolph
  • Abby Wilder
  • Larry Cretan
  • Erin & Chuck Guest
  • Abby Wilder
  • Amber Randolph
  • Ana Asensio
  • Jane Randolph
  • Scott Morse
  • Sophie Heiken
  • Patrick Soricone
  • Althea & Bob Meade, in honor of Karen Sumi & Andrew Meade
  • Peter & Elizabeth Dumanian
  • Michael & Ann Mahoney
  • Nicholas Wagner
  • Catherine Gowen
  • Brooks Shumway
  • Barbara Altman
  • Dan & Tessie Boado
  • Matt Glickman & Susan Hwang
  • Mara Blitzer
  • Marc Weinberger
  • Lisa Carrona-Perley
  • Steve & Valerie Nagle
  • Elizabeth Eastwood
  • Elizabeth Liebert
  • Sean & Susan Gallagher
  • Richard Darchi
  • M Jean Johnston
  • Lynne McClure
  • Amelia Holmes
  • Eric Foster
  • Nick Arlas
  • Roberta Krackov
  • Arti Patel
  • Allan Zisser
  • Kate DeYoe
  • Scott Callard & Shaolee Sen
  • Mark & Gwyneth Galbraith
  • Anna Leavitt
  • Leila Adell
  • Kenneth J. Paige
  • Isaiah & Jenna Boyer
  • Robert Stein
  • Kirby Sack & Pamela Merchant
  • Senthil Sivaraj
  • Roland Pinto
  • Anonymous Donors (7)
  • Christopher Beaudoin
  • Michael Brennan
  • Benjamin & Jenna Storey
  • Perry & Barbara Winegrad
  • David Okazaki
  • Johnny Price
  • Jeff Fassnacht