STOCKTON – Three nonprofit organizations that serve various segments of San Joaquin County – charity, education and business – have co-located into a common headquarters and are collaborating to make space available as a hub and meeting place for other community-based nonprofits.
Community Foundation of San Joaquin, San Joaquin A+ and the Business Council San Joaquin County are all operating out of offices at 6731 Herndon Place in northwest Stockton, west of Interstate 5 and north of West Benjamin Holt Drive.
“We are excited about this partnership, because we believe we are a better philanthropic organization when we are engaged with organizations directly serving our community,” said Moses Zapien, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of San Joaquin.
“With San Joaquin A+’s focus on working with local organizations to improve education, and the Business Council’s focus on supporting business and innovation, we believe this space will create organic collaborative opportunities that enhance philanthropic support and investments across our region,” Zapien said.
The hub that the three organizations are creating will be available for use by other nonprofits to conduct meetings and strategic planning when restrictions for COVID-19 are removed. The organizations hope to create a place where professionals, philanthropy, community members and business leaders can come together for a “brighter future” in San Joaquin County.
“I’m most excited about the common space available at this location,” said Don Shalvey, a veteran education leader and the new CEO of San Joaquin A+.
“At San Joaquin A+, our work to improve education in Stockton and San Joaquin County is significantly strengthened by bringing together parents, educators and community leaders. This space will provide us with the opportunity to convene these groups, to listen to them and to use what we learn to identify better solutions for our young people,” Shalvey said.
Betty Wilson, executive director of the Business Council, said her group is focused on some key areas including public safety, homelessness, education and infrastructure with the goal of improving the business environment.
“This collaborative hub will be a perfect place for us to continue our work to improve life, particularly at this challenging and unique time,” Wilson said.
The three leaders said they look forward to hosting community organizations when it is safe to do so. Those groups interested in information on the facilities available and other resources may contact Reyna DeKasha at RDeKasha@cfosj.org.
To learn more about each organization, visit:
- Community Foundation of San Joaquin at cfosj.org.
- San Joaquin A+ at sjaplus.org.
- Business Council San Joaquin County at bci-sjc.org.
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