Hope Initiative

Join Us in Reaching our Hope Initiative Goal:  

In December 2023, an anonymous donor pledged a $1 million match toward our foundation’s Hope Initiative. The Hope Initiative, launched in the fall of 2021, has a goal of raising $3 million to support students’ basic needs, including food, housing, and mental health. To date, thanks to our community of donors, we have raised more than $1 million towards that goal. Now with this incredible pledge of a $1M match, we are within reach of our fundraising goal 

We can only do this with the help and support of the community.  

The ability for students to meet their most basic needs connects directly to their ability to achieve educational and career goals. The Community College League of California recently published a report, “Real College California: Basic Needs Among California Community Colleges,” that validated what we have experienced on our own campuses – students in our region need support. In fact, the study found that two of every three California community college students face at least one basic needs insecurity, including lack of food and housing. In addition, the report showed a clear connection between basic needs and academic performance — the lower the grades students reported receiving, the greater the likelihood they reported basic needs insecurities.

In addition, the cost-of-living challenges in Silicon Valley, have put immense pressure on our students and their families, particularly those whose circumstances make them the most vulnerable.  Therefore, securing additional support for our students’ basic needs remains an urgent cause for our foundation.  

Foothill and De Anza colleges continue to be among the leading community colleges in the nation because of the incredible investments made by our community, the hard work of our students, and the commitment of our staff, faculty, and administrators.  

The Foundation’s Hope Initiative is helping to bridge the gap by providing the colleges with private support to supply students with food vouchers, emergency grants, and mental health tools that give our students the best opportunities to achieve success, no matter the obstacles they face. 

We are looking to you – our donors, our community, our corporate partners, our friends, and our alumni – to meet the goals of this campaign and to continue your support for educational excellence at Foothill and De Anza colleges. We hope that you will personally join our efforts by making a contribution.    

Now with this incredible $1 million match, each gift can be doubled!  Please consider giving a gift and help us give hope to students who are trying so hard to reach their educational and career goals.


The funds raised for the Hope Initiative have an immediate, direct effect on the lives and educational success of Foothill and De Anza students. 

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Did you know that students surveyed by the colleges responded that they ate less or went hungry because they didn’t have enough money for food? Each college has a food pantry where students can access e-gift cards for food purchases. Funds from the Hope Initiative support food pantries at both Foothill and De Anza, helping students and their families keep healthy food on their tables.   

Listen to Carlos, a Foothill student majoring in psychology explain the struggles of providing food for himself and his family while trying to finish his education.

Small Mental Health LogoMental health has become a serious issue among college students and can be a barrier to student success. The Hope Initiative is using funds to help the colleges bridge the gap in state funding to purchase the TimelyCare smartphone app, which provides free mental health support and other online resources to all Foothill and De Anza students. Students can speak right away with a mental health professional at any time of night or day, schedule an appointment for a one-on-one online session with a licensed counselor, and find online resources and referrals for a variety of basic needs

Housing Hope Initiative Tile

Did you know that many of our students moved often, shared a room, or struggled to pay for housing or utilities? According to a recent De Anza College survey, nearly one in six respondents said they had been homeless during the previous year. Hope funds are providing emergency grants for students who are struggling with housing issues. Covering the cost of a utility bill or a rent gap can be a lifesaver for students.

The Foothill-De Anza Foundation's tax identification number is 94-3258220


Your gifts to the Hope Initiative will help with the resources the colleges offer.  

Join us today! Every gift counts!