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49ers Partner with Learning by Giving Foundation to Help Local Students

49ers Partner with Learning by Giving Foundation

The San Francisco 49ers Foundation announced a new partnership with the Learning by Giving Foundation. A non-profit started by Doris Buffet, Learning by Giving’s mission is to educate the next generation of philanthropists.

Locally, that next generation is made up of students from Cabrillo Middle School and Santa Clara High School, who are involved in the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute (SLI).  The 2019 school year will be an exclusive pilot program that will teach them the business of philanthropic giving.

According to the Learning by Giving website, “Doris, with the help of her little brother, Warren, has given over $150 million worth of charitable investments in people and communities across the country.”  Beyond that, “Doris partnered with colleges and universities to offer an accredited course in philanthropy.”


Upon completion of the program, Learning by Giving high school students will be able to apply for a Learn.Lead.Give scholarship. One student per year over the next three years will be awarded a full-ride academic scholarship to either Stanford University or UC Berekely, local universities participating in the Learning by Giving program.

John York, Co-Chair of the 49ers stated, “What we try to do as an organization is try to be one of the best business citizens and the best community citizens that we can be and one of those arms with regard to the community is the 49ers Foundation.  And a lot of what we do through the 49ers foundation is with education.”

Anjali Mathi, a Santa Clara High School student who was been in the 49ers SLI since 7th grade stated, “Compared to where I was in 7th grade…to now, I now know how to advocate for myself and those around me… I know how to engage with my community in a way that is relevant and applicable.”

For more information on the Learning by Giving Foundation, visit their website: For more information on the 49ers SLI, visit


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