The USF California Prize recognizes significant service in pursuit of the common good of society, and comes with a $10,000 purse and handcrafted California Prize medal.
The University of San
will award the third annual California Prize for Service and the Common Good to
OneCalifornia Bank and Foundation at a gala ceremony Oct. 21, with attendees
treated to dinner, live entertainment, and glittering views of St. Ignatius
Church from inside a transparent tent installed on campus.
The USF California Prize honors an organization or
individual who performs outstanding service in pursuit of the common good,
especially the poor or marginalized.
A for-profit bank owned by its nonprofit foundation,
OneCalifornia engages in charitable and educational activities, including programs
and grants to stimulate community development, encourage affordable housing,
alleviate economic distress, and increase financial literacy for disadvantaged
communities and organizations in California.
OneCalifornia Bank was chartered in June 2007 by Tom Steyer
and Kathryn Taylor. The couple donates 100 percent of their economic rights in
the bank to the OneCalifornia Foundation, which assists the bank with its
mission by performing research and development on products, creating social
outcome measures, and alliance building.
“OneCalifornia is a great example of an institution with a
bottom line that extends beyond dollars and cents,” said USF President Stephen
A. Privett, S.J., referring to OneCalifornia’s focus on measuring success
through the lens of the so-called triple bottom line – social, environmental,
and financial sustainability. “At a time when financial institutions are under
fire, it is important to hold up OneCalifornia to our students and the local
community as an organization that does it right. OneCalifornia shows us how
important values-based, socially responsible businesses are for the overall
health of civil society.”
Endowed by USF supporters Susan and Philip
Marineau, the USF California Prize not only shines a spotlight on outstanding
members of California’s civic community but also supports USF’s mission to
educate minds and hearts to change the world by recognizing and promoting the
achievements of USF’s students in community-based service-learning programs.
Proceeds from California Prize gala go to support student projects such as the
design, construction, and maintenance of the Bridgeview Learning Garden in
Bayview-Hunters Point in San Francisco, a library for HIV/AIDS orphans in
Zambia, and immersion alongside midwives in impoverished communities in Latin