Revolutionizing Our Economy For All Local People

About the REAL People’s Fund

Founded and democratically governed by six community organizing groups, the REAL People’s Fund is a community capital fund offering equitable access to finance for small businesses in the historically disinvested communities of the San Francisco East Bay. Our goal is to build economic power and expand opportunity for everyday people.

Launching in 2021, the REAL People’s Fund is part of a broader movement to build a restorative and inclusive economy, and presents an opportunity to invest in a collective vision of equity, care, accessibility, and power-building.

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What’s Unique About Us

We’re community driven

We’re democratically governed by six grassroots organizations, giving low-income people power over investment in their own communities.

We build community wealth

We focus on the least-served entrepreneurs and neighborhoods, building community wealth through business ownership and good jobs.

We address systemic failures

We directly address the systemic failures that prevent entrepreneurs in Black communities, Indigenous communities, and communities of color from accessing the financing their businesses need to thrive.

We support a restorative economy

We’re part of a broader movement to build a restorative and inclusive economy in the East Bay.

Community Governance

The REAL People’s Fund is democratically governed by the following founding organizations:

Restore Oakland
Communities for a Better Environment
Restaurant Opportunities Center United
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