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Your donations provide essential support, without which we would not be able to:

Build lasting, life-changing relationships between volunteers and students like Brett and Peter.

Support refugee youth like Richard in beating the odds and doing the impossible.

Empower refugees to lead change in their own communities through our Refugee Community Navigator Intern Program.

Enable families like the Copes to feel the pride of becoming U.S. citizens.

Provide refugee youth with a multicultural camp experience, where they gain leadership skills and have a blast in San Francisco's Presidio Park.

Offer critical family support to our highest need clients--recently resettled refugees--like Lah Doh.


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Refugee Transitions shows heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to our various supporters who allow us to fulfill our mission to help the community and change the world. Undoubtedly, our supporters have shown their faith and trust in Refugee Transitions by giving back to the community through their generous contributions used to sponsor our various programs and services.  Below is a list of all our supporters, categorized by sector.


* denotes three-year donor

President - $15,000+
Victor Smallberg

Dean - $5,000+
Samira Rahmatullah & Munir Alam*
Stephen Roberts
Yaacov Silberman & Yenhoa Ching
Vijay Venugopal 

Chair - $2500+
Gabe Brosbe
Melissa & John Kreisa
Barbara Malina & Scott Wachter
Nilima Patel & Mark Lynch
Kimberly Sambrook & David Fetterman

Professor - $1000+
Nicole Black*
Charles & Rebecca Conradi*
Kostis Hatzitaskos*
Will Horn & Shiying Lee
Dr. Philip Laird
Sharon Landwehr* 
Kim Le
Suzanne Melllard and Laurence O'Neil* 
David Nicoll
Nathan Rhodes
Wendy Storch 
Dominique Walterspiel

Teacher - $750+
Nabeel Ahmed 
Diana Scearce and Benjamin Cook

Mentor - $500+
Paul and Deborah Baker
Elizabeth Clark
Michael & Elizabeth Flatbush
Dean Hu and Pauline Huang*
Martina & Michael Knee*
Mari Loria & Alden Mudge*
Michael & Judith Meyers
Claire Mills & Tom Kenny*
Jim Morgan*
Sandy Naing
Kerry Philp
Gregory Spydell

Counselor - $250+
Anonymous (3)
Elsa Amboy & Paul Wilcox*
Mimi Aung & Patrick Naing
Sarah Arnquist
Kristin Belshaw
Christopher Boyd
Tony Canini and Isa Howard
Katherine Chou
Rhonda Clark
Chrysty Esperanza
Mary-Lynn Garrett
Ella Hirst
David Kimport
Jean Kocienda 
Kate Ligler & Janelle Kellman*
Merritt Maduke
Mimi Nomura-Weingrow
Dr. Brenna Powell & Mark Perutz
Claudia A. Quiroz 
Julie Robinson & Michael Thornton*
Laura Vaudreuil & John Pedigo
Bianca Walterspiel*
Brad Young 

Coach - $100+
Anonymous (5)
Aman Alexander
Emily Arnold-Fernandez*
Karen Boncher 
Susan Eres
Deborah Goldberg & Rafe McBride*
Veronica & Robert Harris
Roslyn Kleinsinger 
Grace & Burt Lau
Dr. Anna Lazo*
Helena Leiner
Joanna Lowry
Katherine Meyer
Michael Moradzadeh
Vijendrakumar Patel
Edward Pease
Travis Pfeifer
Judith Pogue
Henry Reutenauer
Barbara & Tim Reynolds
Gail Roberts
Flayana Rogers* 
Alan Ryter
Deborah & Stephan Shefler
Deborah & Jerry Van Atta*
James & Christine Vaudreuil
Joe & Becky Vaudreuil 
Cathy Worner 

Monthly Donors
Reverend Irene Pak


American Endowment Foundation
Cal Humanities 
Commonweal Foundation
Philp Charitable Fund
The San Francisco Foundation
Silicon Valley Community Foundation (through partnership with Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County)
The Three Graces Foundation
Zellerbach Family Foundation (through partnership with Oakland International High School)


Aetna Foundation 
Clorox Company 
Nossaman LLP
Roll Global
Schwab Charitable Fund
Silicon Valley Bank Foundation
Watershed Asset Management LLC 


Paragon Real Estate Group
Rainbow Grocery Cooperative: A Worker Owned Collective  


Applied Materials
Charles Schawb
David and Lucile Packard Foundation
PG & E


AmeriCorps VISTA
California Department of Education
County of Alameda
Mission Economic Development Agency
Oakland Fund for Children and Youth
Oakland Unified School District Refugee/Asylee Student Assistance Program
San Francisco Unified School District 


Presbytery of San Jose 
St. Luke's Korean Presbyterian Church
Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church


Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
Good Samaritan Family Resource Center
Oakland International High School
San Francisco International High School 

*We endeavor to create an accurate and up-to-date record of our supporters.  If you notice an error, please kindly let us know and we will correct it.*   

View our supporters from previous years:

Supporters: 2012
Supporters: 2011
Supporters: 2010
Supporters: 2009