Seed Funding for
Our Community’s

Seed Funding for
Our Community’s

$340,000.00 of $1,000,000.00 raised

The East Palo Alto Community Archive is raising
$1 million to build our first full team and the
sustainable systems that will ensure East Palo
Alto’s stories are told to future generations.

By East Palo Altoans,
for East Palo Alto

Each time an East Palo Altoan is displaced from our community due to gentrification, East Palo Alto’s history goes with them. For many years, East Palo Alto residents have been worried that the gentrification and changing demographics of the community mean there will come a day when our history will be erased entirely. Future generations deserve to know our stories and the many positive impacts of our communities and their leaders in the Bay Area and beyond.

Created and led by community members, the Archive preserves East Palo Alto’s rich history and creates accessible ways for people to learn about and share our story for generations to come.

More About The Archive

Our Plan for Sustainability

After a highly successful, 2-year, privately funded pilot project period, we are launching this $1M campaign as a seed fund to get EPACA started with the abundance required to build a healthy team and organization. It will see us bring on our first Executive Director, retain our fantastic archival team, and launch many of the programs our community has been asking us for including community education, school partnerships, living cultural arts, and community-uplifting City celebrations.

$340,000.00 of $1,000,000.00 raised
Here is what this funding will support:
A full-time, professional staff
Our team to date comprises long-time community members and leaders working on a part-time basis and via short-term contracts. We hope to hire our first full-time Executive Director and to retain our renowned Archivist so we can expand our programs and increase our impact.
Celebrations and Festivals
Our city is historically one of the few places on the Peninsula where diverse BIPOC families could live affordably. Annual programming to celebrate our many heritage months and cultural festivals will serve to honor our presence and wonderful contributions to the region.
Physical and Digital Archive
The digital archive will consist of oral histories (video and audio recordings), digitized materials and exhibitions that are accessible on our website and social media. The physical archive will consist of tangible materials and artifacts located at sites throughout the community, exhibitions highlighting important stories and events, and historical markers to officially recognize places of importance to EPA residents.

Join our community of mission-driven donors

Interested in learning more about how you can be a leading funding partner to this campaign? Reach out to Joel Valencia by email or set up a time to meet with him.

Ready to make a contribution in support of preserving East Palo Alto’s unique history?

Emerson Collective

One East Palo Alto

Palo Alto Community Fund

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Excited about the vision of sharing East Palo Alto’s history with others?

Send a detailed email that includes an invitation to “Celebrating Us” as well as information about the impact and vision of the Archive.

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