About

Award-winning and innovative, Opportunity Fund is tackling economic inequality so that hard work and perseverance means a shot at getting ahead, not just struggling to get by.

Opportunity Fund believes that small amounts of money and financial advice can help people make permanent and lasting change in their own lives, driving economic mobility and building stronger communities.

Our core values - dignity, responsibility, and opportunity - guide our effort to build a more inclusive financial system.

Our strategy combines microloans for small business owners and microsavings accounts to help students pay for college and families save for a rainy day.

Our community of donors and investors helps to fund small businesses, support college students, and build vibrant neighborhoods. Since 1994, our team has deployed $600 million and helped 20,000 families earn, save and invest in their own futures.

 

Opportunity Fund has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity evaluator, for our commitment to accountability and transparency.

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Mission
To advance the economic well-being of working people by helping them earn, save and invest in their future.

Vision
Opportunity Fund believes that everyone should have the chance to build a dignified life, regardless of their economic background. Our role is to help working families realize their dreams and move beyond worrying about how to live day to day. By investing in those who don’t have ready access to financial resources, we strive to break the cycle of poverty for good.

Core Values
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Message from Founder, Eric Weaver

Eric Weaver-OpportunityFund CEOAt the beginning - when Opportunity Fund was just an idea - we didn’t know if small amounts of money and financial advice could be enough to enable people to make big changes for the better. But I believed there was a way for working people to achieve life goals that once seemed out of reach, simply because they didn’t have the financial means or know-how. Over the last 20 years, we have seen individuals graduate from higher education programs, purchase homes, save at a higher rate than the average American, start small businesses that provide sustainable income and create jobs, and build assets for their families. Most tell us that they could not have done it without the help Opportunity Fund provided. But to me, it’s clear: all our clients needed was your belief in them and a chance to succeed.

I am proud that Opportunity Fund’s investors and staff recognize that entrepreneurship, hard work, and ideas—the pillars of Silicon Valley businesses—are also the pillars of its lower income communities. Together, we are building a diverse, vibrant community where opportunity, knowledge, and access to capital are within reach for everyone living in California and beyond.