GIVING BACK SINCE 2008

OUR HERSTORY
In 2008, Dr. Nyeisha DeWitt, Dee Dee Abdur-Rahim, and Tameka Raymond, all natives of Oakland, had a vision for their city and they created Oakland Natives Give Back Fund, Inc. (ONGB). Driven by their passion to serve, their dream was to give back to families in the community in which they were raised. The first ONGB initiative was the Attend and Achieve Back to School Rally at Oakland City Hall, which is a fun-filled expo that creates excitement and enthusiasm for the start of the school year. Families receive fully loaded backpacks, shoes, and school supplies at no cost. The success of the Back to School Rally deepened their desire to expand the reach and impact of ONGB.
While envisioning the expansion of ONGB initiatives, each of our founders realized that their lives had been touched by struggles with school disengagement and chronic absenteeism. This led to them dropping out of High School. Grounded in the experiences of our founders, in 2015 ONGB launched year-round initiatives to address chronic absenteeism to encourage all Oakland students to graduate from high school.

OUR MISSION

 

We address the most pressing social ills of the day by funding, creating, and incubating innovative programs, experiences and partnerships that empower the next generation of high-achieving citizens, locally and globally.

OUR VALUES

Racial and Social Justice

Lifelong Learning

Common Sense

Collaboration

Zeal

Authentic Relationships

Innovation

OUR VISION
A world where the people who are closest to the problems are trusted, empowered and equipped with the tools and resources they need to solve them.
OUR FOUNDATION

We strive to inspire and enable current and former Oaklanders to serve our beloved community. We see service as a means of connecting one’s own wellbeing to that of the people living around us.

As such, ONGB’s foundation is built on the notion that the world is interconnected and interdependent. The suffering of one inevitably impacts all of us. An act of kindness for one benefits all of us.

OUR TEAM

Dr. Nyeisha DeWitt – CEO
Lany Sullivan – COO
Agnes Uboma – Chief of Staff
Dyese Hunt – Program Director
Ruqayyah Abdul-Rahim – Executive Assistant to the CEO
Kassidy Zirkle – Operations Assistant
Eric Gant – Senior Program Coordinator
Shaina Ford – Program Coordinator
Wanda Cherry – Office Coordinator

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President: Dr. Kimberly Mayfield-Lynch
Secretary: Dr. Nyeisha DeWitt
Treasurer: DeLisa Rose
Members: James Ivey, Julie Waters and Ay’Anna Moody