Greater Sacramento Urban League

Reviewed in 2022 by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$14,607 raised by 50 donors

58% complete

$25,000 Goal

Since 1968, the Greater Sacramento Urban League (GSUL) has been the urban solution to Sacramento residents to attain economic self-sufficiency. We continue to innovate methods of advancing economic equity and social justice empowering individuals and families to succeed and communities to thrive. As a movement for social change, we are committed to supporting policies and practices which eliminate barriers of access to the social mainstream, good jobs, fair housing and home ownership, education equity, and the building of healthy environments.

GSUL is strategically located in the Del Paso Heights community of the City of Sacramento, with satellite offices in Oak Park and Marina Vista-Seavey Circle. We own and operate a 28,000 square foot custom designed training center (circa 2000) which offers multi-purpose community space, Job Center, and a HUD certified housing counseling services agency. We know that a healthy, educated, well-trained workforce is vital to igniting Sacramento's regional prosperity plan and essential to financial sustainability and the capacity to care for self, family and community.

Our mission is carried out by a 21-member staff, 15-member governing Board of Directors along with countless local public and private partnerships, philanthropic individual donors and donor-directed funds.

For 54 years, we've enabled residents of historically diverse, low-income communities to secure economic self-reliance. With an established history of working with at-risk populations, GSUL understands that economic insecurity is exacerbated by factors like child abuse and neglect, domestic and sexual violence, substance abuse, incarceration, homelessness, and mental illness. We implement responsive methodologies of advocacy, civic engagement and community mobilization; workforce development thru basic education completion; job readiness via career identification, skills training and job placement; housing and home-ownership counseling, consumer and community education to effect positive outcomes.

Education, Empowerment and Employment are the transformational pillars to GSUL client achievement and community enrichment. Resources and services support family, youth and adult populations. Core service delivery programs are designed to engage youths and adults from all walks of life, challenged communities, and the under-served. Outcomes are focused on attainment and increasing the numbers of adults with high school diplomas, adult and out-of-school youth career pathway opportunities, regional workforce development, job readiness and skills development in demand occupations, reducing African American child deaths, and at-risk youth engagement in low-income communities along with first-time home buying, neighborhood gentrification prevention, foreclosure reduction and financial counseling.


The Greater Sacramento Urban League provides under-served youth and adults with education, job training and placement opportunities to achieve economic self-reliance.


Core Operating expenses that help realize GSUL's internal and external building maintenance and beautification, technology upgrades, operations staffing needs, and those for strong individualized support of clients and students, and outreach and engagement efforts in order to expand programs.

**Housing and Counseling

A HUD-certified sub-affiliate housing agency offers counseling and programs in money and credit management, forestalling mortgage default, delinquency and foreclosure, home ownership and first-time home buying, housing referrals.

**Youth Empowered for Success (YES) provides educational, job readiness, job development and placement resources to out-of-school and in-school youth ages 16 to 24 that enable them to become self-sufficient and economically stable adults. YES funding needs include:

- Incentives for benchmarks

- Transportation stipends

- Clothing for professional settings, such as, job interviews, recruitment fairs, etc.

- Workshop supplies

- Food vouchers

- Laptops

**Sacramento Works Job Center

Provides job seekers and employers with access to all recruitment, engagement, training, and job placement products and services in the Sacramento region. Offers career counseling, employment referrals, and scholarships for vocational training. Also provides support services like bus passes, food, work clothing and tools, rental/childcare assistance and unemployment filing.

**Higher Heights Adult High School

Support for Higher Heights enables GSUL to offer program at no cost to students and along with relevant curriculum and wraparound services that include job assistance and career training. Students are not just leaving with their high school diplomas--they are leaving with the skills and strategies necessary to excel at their next great opportunity. Beyond the high school diploma, Higher Heights creates opportunities for students to make a difference in their own lives and in the community.

**Black Child Legacy Campaign-Oak Park

Support for the BCLC ensures the success of reducing the disparity in Black child deaths throughout Sacramento County by 20 to 30 percent by the year 2020. BCLC-Oak Park program needs increased technological and physical resources. The program would also greatly benefit from increased opportunities to engage the community through various outreach and intervention efforts.

**Career Technical Education

Prepares students for careers in skilled trades, applied arts and sciences, and modern technologies. Current course offerings include Custodial and Facility maintenance, Microsoft Office, Community Healthcare Worker.

- Staffing of the Digital Assistance Resource Center.

Industry diversification to the Board to include legal, land-use and commercial real estate management and development.

Building Restoration and Beautification:

- 1st and 2nd Floor Bathroom Upgrades and Repair including replacing toilets.

- Carpet Replacement in 1st Floor Welcome/Intake Center, 2nd Floor Hallways and Classrooms, 3rd Floor

Hallways/Executive Suite/Executive Boardroom

- Building Painting and Power-wash

- Grounds repair of patios and Building Fencing

- Parking lot illuminated corner sign

- Leveler blind replacements offices and classrooms 1st, 2nd, 3rd floors

- Retrofit parking lot lights for solar powering by SMUD Solar Shade Trees

Organization Data


Organization name

Greater Sacramento Urban League

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Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Operating Budget

$1,000,001-$5 million

Organization Need

Funding: Unrestricted, Funding: Program, Technology, Board Members, Other


3725 Marysville Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95838

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