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Sharing Wealth: Leadership Partner Fund

Sharing Wealth: Leadership Partner Fund
Support community partnerships to increase impact!

RCF Connects (formerly the Richmond Community Foundation) is doing the crucial work of seeking out all champions of our community, including those community leaders that operate under the radar. Bendrick Foster (CEO and Founder of NewLife Movement) is the perfect example of the real-world leader we aim to learn from and support. Bendrick has spent years putting up community light fixtures, motivating kids to stay in school, ensuring safety to young girls crossing through dangerous areas, and disseminating violent arguments between young boys deep in our Richmond streets. Bendrick embodies the leader that RCF Connects aims to seek out.

When Jim Becker (President and CEO of RCF Connects) met Bendrick Foster at John F Kennedy Park in Richmond, CA a leadership spark ignited. Jim understood Bendrick’s personal dedication to being a change maker for his community and was inspired by Bendrick’s relentless determination to make his hometown a safer place-whether he had the systemic support or not. It is from this place of understanding where Jim and Bendrick realized their most valued shared principle: Equity.

From this shared value of equity, an authentic partnership between Bendrick Foster and Jim Becker has flourished and resulted in RCF Connects becoming NewLife Movement’s fiscal sponsor.

We are happy to partner with NewLife Movement.

NewLife Movement is a nonprofit in Richmond, California that provides violence prevention, education, and career training programs for high at-risk youth. Through initiatives that facilitate peer-to-peer project-based activities for criminalized Black and Brown youth, NewLife Movement leads the way in creating a safe, racially equitable space for healing and learning. Their programs create an atmosphere aimed at reducing truancy and unlearning negative behavioral patterns to relearn positive ones. In all its programs, NewLife Movement teaches communication tactics for rivaled street youth to effectively use to disseminate volatile tensions prevalent in their everyday lives.

In the spirit of fundraising collaboration, systemic culture shifting, and dismantling the scarcity mindset, please consider making a donation to our Sharing Wealth: Leadership Partner Fund. All donations will be equally split between RCF Connects and NewLife Movement for their unrestricted organizational needs. Every gift made is one more step towards mobilizing the power of connection to build a healthy thriving community for us all.


Richmond Community Foundation
In Support of Richmond Community Foundation
Richmond Community Foundation continues to strive for healthy, thriving communities that are safe and diverse: where families flourish and children are given new hope for a bright and abundant future through five key areas:  Community Growth, Health, Quality Education, Restoring Neighborhoods and Public Safety.

An example of one of the organizations that the Leadership Partnership Fund assists . . .

NewLife Movement, a California state-recognized non-profit organization serving our community by: "Engaging criminal and disadvantaged minds and helping them become successful law-abiding citizens.” We believe we can achieve our mission by meeting those in need in the very streets we mean to change. To continue to succeed in these goals, we must further build positive mentor relationships.  

(1) NewLife Movement staff engage youth through role play, coaching and powerful guest speakers who provoke positive thinking. Students will learn skills to help them make better decisions currently and are nurtured to use their new skills to build their futures. 

(2) NewLife Movement reaches out to local businesses and connects them to our students that are in search of work experience. The “Partner Up” program is designed to help members of NewLife and local businesses create a supportive job shadowing atmosphere. 

(3) Newlife Movement is committed to providing a positive presence and a safe passage throughout the city of Richmond. It is our mission to help ensure that our young people have a safe and resourceful park to play in, and positive role models encouraging their growth and well-being.

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    In honor of Dr. Cynthia LeBlanc and the great work of RCF!
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    RFC is making change!!!
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    We support the work of RCF Connects and the many organizations that you support. Keep up the good work!
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