Why 3rd Grade is Important
Why is the 3rd grade such an important milestone? After 3rd grade, a child must transition from learning to read, to reading to learn. The 4th grade curriculum assumes children can read and expects children to use this skill to solve more complex problems. Children who read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade are much more likely to graduate from high school on time, attend college, and obtain higher-wage jobs.
We understand that multiple social determinants affect a child’s ability to become literate by the 3rd grade.
For example, children need:
Now is a unique moment in time for action in the San Joaquin Valley. We want to change what children living in poverty can expect from life. There are many bright spots such as promising new programs, heightened national attention on the San Joaquin Valley, and new school innovations.
We believe that the grant dollars in The Fund for the San Joaquin Valley can have a transformative effect on our community’s children if we focus our resources for the next several years on ensuring that:
If we work together in this way, we believe that the sum of all our efforts can be truly greater than the parts.
2013 High Impact Advisory Committee
If you want to make permanent and meaningful change to the San Joaquin Valley, The Fund is the place for your gifts. San Joaquin Valley donors, families, and businesses can provide the pipeline of support to build The Fund into
local support for local impact!
Creation of The Fund
The Fresno Regional Foundation created THE FUND for the San Joaquin Valley in the fall of 2011. It is a partnership between local donors, Fresno Regional Foundation, and The James Irvine Foundation. Irvine helped launch THE FUND with a $3 million, three-year grant.
Dollars from THE FUND will be invested in programs that produce high impact for our community. Nearly $1 million will be awarded in each of the next three years, using an approach that features large-scale, multi-year grants.
THE FUND is inspiring new givers while adding a meaningful opportunity for current donors. Through an endowment model, local giving can replace the initial $3 million donation and grow THE FUND to $20 million. Our goal is to sustain grantmaking at levels of one million dollars each year forever!
Photo: Dan DeSantis, Jim Canales and Dewey Slater announced the Fund for the San Joaquin Valley on October 26, 2011.