We proudly support the following organizations:
The Oakland East Bay Symphony
Business & the Arts Networking Circle (BANC)
Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir
The MUSE Program (Music Excellence in the Oakland Public Schools)
Cazadero Music Camp
The Oaktown Jazz Workshop
Festival Opera of Walnut Creek
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Rebuilding Together Oakland
The Oakland YMCA After-School Programs
The Ann Martin Center
Super Stars Literacy Program
Youth Empowerment and Housing (YEAH!) of Alameda County
Court Appointed Special Advocates of Alameda County (CASA)
University of California, Berkeley
Giving Back to Our Community
As we continue to celebrate our 20th year in business, we also celebrate 20 years of meaningful engagement and financial contribution to the communities in which we live and work. We believe that part of making a good life happen for ourselves includes making a good life happen for others. We are privileged to be in a position to contribute both time and money to organizations we believe inspire, enliven, improve and uplift the world in which we find ourselves. We are deeply enriched by this engagement and giving. We look forward to a future in which we continue to build positive momentum in our communities through personal engagement, volunteerism, financial contribution, and leadership.
2013 Bell Youth-in-the-Arts Grant - Application Now Available
We believe that the arts enrich the community and contribute to its vitality, as well as being essential to a well-rounded education for youth.
As ongoing cuts in public education typically result in the elimination of the arts programs from schools, we want to be part of the solution to the problem by supporting arts for youth in our community and encouraging other businesses to follow suit.
– Jim Bell CFP®, President and Founder
We are pleased to offer the Bell Youth-in-the-Arts Grant for a second year. A $5,000 grant will be awarded to an Oakland organization or program that helps further arts education for young people, especially in underserved communities. The program might involve visual or performing arts, including music, drama, dance, painting, sculpture, poetry, collage, film, photography, conceptual art, or printmaking, as examples. Organizations are only eligible to win this grant once, and past applicants who did not receive the award are encouraged to apply.
The 2012 Bell Youth-in-the-Arts Grant - Finalists
34 Deserving Organizations
Cal Performances’ Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp was chosen to receive the 2012 Bell Youth-in-the-Arts Grant from a group of 34 local organization applicants, all of which are outstanding and worthy. The decision was more difficult than we had anticipated. We found AileyCamp to fully reflect the mission of the Bell Youth-in-the Arts Grant program as well as Bell Investment Advisors’ belief that the arts enrich the community, contribute to its vitality, and are essential to a well-rounded education for youth. In response to on-going cuts in public education arts programs, the firm has established this annual grant to help fill in at least some of the gaps left by these budget cuts, as well as to encourage other local businesses to step up to the plate.
Please check out the entire list of the 34 applicant organizations below, all deserving! We encourage you to offer them your financial and volunteer support. In addition to providing this list, we are featuring the top ten finalists, one per month, with more detailed information about their programs, including current activities and wish lists.
We so often hear about the problems in our communities, but here are some viable solutions. We hope you, too, will become part of the solution. Let us know if you do!
Click here to learn more about this month's featured finalist:
Destiny Arts Center.
510akland Alameda Children's Musical Theatre The Attitudinal Healing Connection of Oakland
AYPAL Oakland Bay Area Children's Theatre Cal Performances’ Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp
California State Summer School Arts Foundation California Symphony Orchestra-Sound Minds
Cantare Con Vivo Cazadero Music Camp Destiny Arts Center
Girls Incorporated of Alameda Co., Girls Speak Series Girls Incorporated of the Island City
Gritty City Repertory Youth Theatre Home of United String Ensembles John Swett Musical Theatre
Kala Art Institute: Artists-in-Schools Marcus Foster Education Fund Museum of Children's Art
Music for Excellence(MUSE) - Oakland East Bay Symphony (OEBS)
Music is Extraordinary (MIX) dba Oakland Public Conservatory of Music
Oakland Ballet Company Oakland Tech High School PTSA Oakland Youth Orchestra
Oaktown Jazz Workshops OCCUR Eastmont Technology Center: Computer Clubhouse Program
Project Bandaloop Rhythmix Cultural Works - Performance Arts and Learning (PAL) Program
San Francisco Girls Chorus Sequoia Elementary School - Telling Our Stories
"Taking it to the Streets: Youth Spirit Artwork'sUrban Art Sales Capacity Building Project" New "ART CART"
The Shawl-Anderson Youth Ensemble West Contra Costa YMCA - YMCA of the East Bay What Now America