John A. Sobrato Makes $5.2 Million Grant to Seed New Immigrant Relief Fund
John A. Sobrato announced a $5.2 million grant to seed a new Immigrant Relief Fund for San Mateo County. The fund will launch with $8.9 million total in public and private investments. The County of San Mateo has generously committed $2 million in initial funding and will consider matching Sobrato’s gift through additional monthly investments when the board of supervisors meets again in early August. Sobrato and his family foundation are among the region’s leading philanthropists, and the Bay Area Council was proud to honor him last year with induction into the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame.
The new Immigrant Relief Fund for San Mateo County is unique in that it brings together a partnership of nonprofits to distribute grant funds and provide services to support recipients’ long term resilience – including: Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, Samaritan House, Faith in Action Bay Area, and Mission Asset Fund (MAF). Working together, these nonprofits are partnering to provide undocumented families with $1,000 unrestricted cash grants and wraparound services to help them weather the COVID-19 crisis.