In 2011, in an effort to better serve its diverse population, Alameda County piloted the Fund Development Office (FDO). The FDO was created to coordinate development efforts among three major public agencies: the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, Alameda County Social Services Agency, and the Alameda County Probation Department.
The FDO pilot established a shared infrastructure to support information sharing and coordination among the three agencies. Doing so has created a dynamic environment that facilitates strategic fundraising, program design, competitive grant seeking; and partnership opportunities—all of which are better integrated or aligned across county systems as a result.
Since its inception three years ago, the FDO has raised more than $35 million to support programs and services in Alameda County. Those programs and services have benefited a number of public systems and community-based collaborators who focus on improving the health and socioeconomic well-being of communities facing persistent opportunity gaps, specifically Boys and Men of Color (BMoc).
Despite the fact that many community-based organizations, philanthropy and government have championed a variety of workforce development innovations, outreach, education, and programs to reduce health disparities for BMoC, there is still much work to be done. For example, we are still grappling with how these types of programs help those with “lived experience” move from employment “ready” into good jobs with family sustaining wages in high demand industries or into stable self-employment.
Learn From Alameda County
At the upcoming NCG program Innovations in Local Government: Addressing Health Inequity you can learn all about Alameda County’s FDO. The program will showcase how local government is working with private and philanthropic partners to increase the flow of capital in disinvested communities through four emerging innovations.
If your organization is passionate about social justice, you’ll be excited to learn about these efforts—Join us!
Curious to know how these innovations are leveraging public and private dollars in new ways such as making capital available for small businesses—Join us!
Want to learn how to enable asset building through credit improvement for BMoC—Join us!
Interested in hearing about how residents are launching social enterprises and overcoming the challenges of former incarceration—Join us!
Join us on March 4th at Innovations in Local Government: Addressing Health Inequity to learn how Alameda County is leveraging the power of the public sector to create new opportunities that result in wonderfully productive and healthier lives for boys and men of color.