Community Fund

Leaders of Tomorrow

Despite talent & motivation many young people lack access to higher education.

Soleio Cuervo
Share ALMA on Twitter
Share ALMA on Facebook
Share ALMA on LinkedIn
Share ALMA on Email
The reason why

The challenge

Despite talent and motivation, millions of young adults in this country, particularly from underrepresented background, lack opportunities and access to higher education. Many attend schools that are unable to nurture their excellence and provide them with quality instruction, access to technology and exposure to STEM professionals.

In California, for example, nearly 75% of high schools with the highest percentage of underrepresented students offer no computer science courses. Less than 3% of these schools offer the AP Computer Science course, despite the fact that computer science proficiency is among one of the most important job skills in Silicon Valley and beyond. Promising students with the fewest resources need the most support.

The approach

The solution

There are nonprofits that help public schools identify high-performing kids from low-income homes and place them at the top schools around the country. These programs provide a combination of financial aid, academic enrichment, and social support to set these students up for long term success.

Someone last supported this fund 1 week ago
Meet the creator

Soleio Cuervo

Soleio is a software designer and founding partner at Combine, a new venture fund and studio in San Francisco, CA. Prior to Combine, he led early design efforts at Facebook and Dropbox and was an investor in technology startups such as Figma, Framer, and ZEIT.

Soleio personally benefited from one such nonprofit featured in this fund (SEEDS) and graduated in 1995 as one of the program's earliest scholars. He believes nonprofits like SEEDS can have a transformative effect on ambitious students from modest upbringings and the communities that surround them.

recommended by Soleio Cuervo

The nonprofits

These nonprofits are providing opportunities for underrepresented children across the country.

  • Nonprofit

    Hidden Genius Project

    The Hidden Genius Project trains and mentors black male youth in technology creation, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills to transform their lives and communities.

    • Location:


    • Focus:

      Educational opportunities for underserved youth

  • Nonprofit

    Inneract Project

    Founded in 2004 as a grassroots effort to teach design to youth of color, Inneract Project focuses on providing free design education and advocacy programs to underserved youth.

    • Location:

      San Francisco

    • Focus:

      Design education for underrepresented youth

  • Nonprofit

    New Jersey SEEDS

    New Jersey SEEDS changes the lives of motivated, high-achieving students from low-income families by transforming their educational opportunities. Soleio is both an early SEEDS alum (Class of 1995) and a member of the board of trustees since 2015.

    • Location:

      New Jersey

    • Focus:

      Changing lives through education

Latest from the featured nonprofits


Your Donation

Your journey starts here

Get started by setting up a small monthly donation to Leaders of Tomorrow. These are more effective than one-time donations as they allow nonprofits to focus on solutions rather than fundraising.

Next Steps

What happens after I donate?

Step 1

Distributing your donation

Sharing is caring

Thanks to your incredible generosity we'll be able to split your pooled donations equally between all the nonprofits in your fund every month.

Step 2

Following the progress

Staying informed

We'll take the hassle out of staying on top of the issues by sending you progress updates. Each month, you'll receive a report about the impact of your donation.

Step 3

Sharing with friends

Maximize your impact

Sharing with friends can be a great way to create a local network of philanthropists. It's an easy way for you to increase your impact!