California Foundation Fund (CAFF) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, independent, corporation that supports reinvestment, economic and financial self-sufficiency initiatives to help break the cycle of poverty.
The organization was established in response to the chaos caused to low income families, especially minorities, by the financial meltdown. The underpinning cause of the financial failure within under-resourced communities was their lack of knowledge about the banking system and financial planning. Within a short period of time, CAFF conducted financial capacity research, developed financial literacy curriculum standards, published training curriculum, introduced culturally competent financial literacy instructor training courses, published and coordinated multiple entrepreneurial university mini-courses and high school scholarship competitions, and coordinated financial education collaboratives with multiple agencies.
These initiatives often assist residents of lower-income neighborhoods to build wealth and participate in the American financial system. Implemented successfully, these steps help break the cycle of generational poverty.