Our Impact

In partnership with various schools, organizations and companies, the 5 Buckets 4 Shovels Foundation has distributed hundreds of books and facilitated dozens of presentations, impacting the lives of young adults throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, expanding nationally.

By The Numbers

With your help and the help of our corporate sponsors, our impact is significant and life changing.

Received Free Financial Literacy Guides
People Felt Financially Empowered After Our Programming
Would Recommend Us to Others

In Our Community

The 5 Buckets 4 Shovels Foundation is committed to making an impact in financial literacy by partnering with educational and corporate institutions. From large to small, each partner helps us doing the important work of improving financial literacy in America. Here are a few of our partnerships.

Menlo School

Menlo Park, CA


Menlo School is committed to being a heterogeneous and inclusive community. We believe students are better educated and prepared to succeed when the School community—students, families, faculty, administration and staff—is diverse and inclusive. Diversity benefits the entire community by providing a wide range of perspectives and experiences.

Cal Poly

San Luis Obispo, CA


Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive public university located in San Luis Obispo, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California’s Central Coast. It is a distinctive learning community offering academically focused students a hands-on educational experience that prepares them for today’s scientific and technical world.

Henry M. Gunn High School

Palo Alto, CA


Gunn High School is a top rated, public school located in Palo Alto, CA. It has 1,896 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 72% of students are at least proficient in math and 82% in reading.

Presidio Bank

San Mateo, CA


Businesses and their owners, professional service firms and their partners, real estate investors, and not-for-profit organizations trust their banking needs to the Bank’s talented local relationship managers. Responsive client service is supported by quick decision-making and an accessible management team.

Orphan Compassion

San Francisco, CA


Orphan Compassion is raising funds to sustain 214 orphaned children in Cameroon.  These funds provide school tuition, textbooks, backpacks, uniforms, nutritional/medical needs, post-high school scholarship funding and foster care.

ICA Cristo Rey Academy

San Francisco, CA


ICA Cristo Rey Academy is a Dominican Catholic college preparatory that empowers girls from underserved communities to become confident young women able to realize their full potential. By providing an excellent academic curriculum, a unique corporate work study experience and the support of our spiritual community, we prepare students for a life of faith, purpose, and service.

Alaska Airlines

San Francisco, CA


For over 85 years, Alaska Airlines and the people who make us who we are, have been guided by integrity, caring, ingenuity, professionalism, and a unique spirit—a spirit that has grown out of our geographical roots.

With more than 44+ million customers a year, our route system spans over 115+ destinations and 4 countries.


Boston, MA


Edmit helps families make smarter college financial decisions so they’re better off after college. Founded by former university leaders, Edmit’s tools and resources for saving, planning, and paying for college have saved families millions of dollars on tuition and loan payments. Edmit’s software provides families with personalized reports on how to afford college, including cost estimates, and financial fit scores based on projected ability to repay student debt.

Our Impact Up Close & Personal

Gaining a little financial literacy goes a long way in terms of long-term impact. The people we visit have great things to say about the hour we spend with them.

“They gave the right amount of information so we were not overwhelmed, but also, were able to cover important topics that are applicable to us as college students.”

Cal Poly SLO Students, November 2019

“[The presentation] was engaging, easy to understand, and detailed. Throughout, you were empathetic to our feelings and current situation, and I think we were all grateful for that.”

Cal Poly SLO Students, November 2019

“At the end of their presentation I felt that my financial literacy had went up and appreciated the book that they gave for all of us to take home.”

Cal Poly SLO Students, November 2019

“The foundation is absolutely wonderful and I find it very helpful for young adults to gain knowledge on financial literacy because schools don’t teach us this”

Cal Poly SLO Students, November 2019


Your contribution or sponsorship will help us to provide free books and literacy resources to young adults and those in transition across the nation.