Richmond residents Steve and Susan Chamberlin, both 70, took a look around when they were ready to retire to decide what they really wanted to do with their money.

Although they had made education-related donations in the past, they saw a crying need in public education in low-income neighborhoods in their community. Children in need of a quality education were being shortchanged by cash-strapped schools and a shortage of new ideas for helping them learn.

Through the Chamberlin Family Foundation, they are intent on bringing more effective school leadership and better instruction to the West Contra Costa school district, which includes Richmond, with an emphasis on programs that they believe are getting results.

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