Aspire Education

Aspire is the Bay Area’s leader in providing effective supplemental education programming, having served over 16,000 students over the last 16 years. Through our transformative tutoring program, we empower our students with the skills to become independent, active learners. We work with individual students on a sliding scale and have partnered with dozens of fellow nonprofits to design custom programs for underserved students, from math courses that empower low-income young adults to begin a career in construction to test prep courses that propel high school juniors to become the first in their families to attend college. Perhaps our best-known program is Community Reading Buddies, in which teen volunteers are trained in social-emotional skills to be able to mentor a young reader over the course of an 8-week cycle — leading to an average of four months of reading growth per student.


Age Groups Served
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School
Geographical Area Served
  • County Alameda
  • County Contra Costa
  • County Marin
  • County San Francisco
  • County San Mateo
  • County Santa Clara
  • County Solano
Services Offered
  • Academic Support

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A Note from our Board Chair

With great sadness, we regret to inform you that the Board of Directors has decided to wind down and dissolve OnePercent for Education; and the organization has initiated the dissolution process. One of our primary goals was to galvanize members of the business community who had not participated or had not fully participated in social engagement. Another goal was to engage individuals and families in our work for educational equity.

We continue to believe that there are people who care deeply about the issue and that there are significant financial resources that can be generated to support this movement. Despite our efforts, OnePercent for Education was unsuccessful in generating enough funding to achieve financial sustainability at this difficult time.

Every decision made was through the lens of how we can best bring support for the kids who need it the most. This is the work that our Nonprofit Partners deliver every day and will continue to do. Our Board of Directors will individually continue to promote their efforts and encourage support of their work. As we wind down, we are distributing as much of our remaining assets as possible to our Nonprofit Partners. While each Nonprofit Partner has received modest funding, this is far less than we had hoped, given the importance of their activities.

We urge each of you to support our Nonprofit Partners in the fulfillment of their missions as it so deeply impacts the communities they serve.

Finally, we thank you for your support of OnePercent for Education.