History, Future & Funders

BOTR launched in May 2008 at Oakland’s Edna Brewer Middle School where founding Executive Director Jon Gilgoff first provided boys services in 2006-07 with the Girls Justice Institute and then in 2007-08 as an Independent Contractor. Now established as a stand alone 501(c)(3), BOTR has broadened its impact with a growing team of staff, interns, board members, volunteers, community partners and funders. With over eight years experience, BOTR is now well established as a leader in the field of boys and young men’s empowerment work.

Within the framework of BOTR’s 2013-16 business plan, created in partnership with CEO Jeanne Bell of CompassPoint, we will continue to hone strong program models in youth development, education, mental health, and employment while building capacity of adult allies, schools and agencies to effectively and equitably serve boys and young men of color.

Core funding partners for BOTR since founding have included: Shinnyo-en Foundation, Justice Outside, Outdoor Equity Grants Program, East Bay Community Foundation, Clorox Company Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, The Callison Foundation, Save the Redwoods League, Oakland Fund for Children and Youth, Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services, Oakland Unified School District, Fred Finch Youth Center, West Contra Cost Unified School District, Bay Area Community Resources, The Jonas Family Fund, The Barrios Trust, Thomas J. Long Foundation, Miranda Lux Foundation, Morris Stulsaft Foundation, The California Endowment, Kapor Center for Social Impact and Y&H Soda Foundation.

Finally, we thank our many generous individual donors, corporations making matching gifts, and volunteers from inside and outside of our Advisory Groups that have contributed their time and financial resources to our cause.


Clue circle, with yellow text "California State Parks", with another yellow circle in original circle's center and a brown bear with text line under it "since 1864"
This program is funded by the Outdoor Equity Grants Program,
created through AB 209, and administered by California State Parks,
Office of Grants and Local Services.