The Y and H Soda Foundation is a left-of-center grantmaking foundation that supports liberal expansionist immigration, left-progressive social policy, and liberal social welfare organizations located in California. Originally founded to improve education in the East Bay region of northern California, the organization’s focus has shifted to promoting statewide and nationwide immigration expansion activism efforts and left-progressive social policy.
The Y and H Soda Foundation was founded by East Bay residents Y. Charles and Helen Soda in 1964 for the purpose of supporting charitable work in their neighborhood, and more specifically for the purpose of advancing education. The Organization’s co-founder Y. Charles (Chet) Soda was co-owner of the Oakland Raiders and a Vatican Appointee to The Knights of Malta, a Catholic sovereign order now under investigation due to political and financial scandal.  Y. Charles Soda passed away in 1989, leaving the foundation to its Board of Directors. Under new leadership, the Y&H Soda Foundation has expanded the scope of its grantmaking agenda, focusing much of its efforts on immigration activism.
In 2018, Louis Arteaga, who previously oversaw grant-making for the Levi Strauss Foundation, a multi-million dollar left-of-center corporate foundation, was added as a program officer to the Y and H foundation. 
The Y and H Soda foundation prioritizes the East Bay area of northern California, specifically organizations working in Contra Costa and Alameda counties. In 2017, the Y and H Soda Foundation spent its entire income on overhead, liquidating its assets to support its grantmaking mission. Of the $10,379,080 spent, $5,121,345 was spent on operational and administrative expenses, including $873,484 spent on salaries, and $1,714,857 spent on Portfolio Expenses.  As such the organization only spent $5,257,735 on grantmaking.
Assets and Investments
The Y and H Soda Foundation does not solicit contributions, relying almost entirely investment income and principal assets. The Foundation earned $4,892,518 investment income in 2017 and supported its grantmaking efforts for the year by liquidating $30,470,352 in assets from the principal of the foundation. 
Robert Uyeki, the CEO of The Y and H Soda Foundation, received an annual salary of $295,000 in the 2015 fiscal year, and has received a raise every year since, with his salary currently at $316,000.  Uyeki is also a board member of the Regional Anti-poverty Coalition “Rise Together,” along with leaders of other regional funders such as the San Francisco Foundation and the Marin Community Foundation.
Robert Uyeki was also a signer of a Philanthropy California Letter opposing the addition of a new question to the 2020 U.S. Census regarding citizenship status. 
As of 2018, Luis Artega is the Chief Program Officer for the Y and H Soda Foundation. Before coming on to the senior staff of the foundation, Luis Artega was a program officer for The Levi Strauss Foundation, focusing on issues of social justice activism and expanding immigration. 
Immigration advocacy groups received substantial sums from the Foundation. It provided Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees with $30,500 in grants for immigration initiatives.  The Foundation awarded $35,000 in operating support to the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).  The Y and H Soda Foundation has provided $30,000 in 2018, and $32,500 in 2017 to the San Francisco-based lobbying firm and immigration activist group OneJustice. 
Y and H Soda Foundation funded Oakland Based non-profit focused on immigration law, Freedom for Immigrants, providing a $75,000 donation.  In 2018, Freedom for Immigrants supported the controversial Non-Profit “Pueblo Sin Fronteras,” a far-left group which lobbies in favor or illegal immigration and organizes “migrant caravans” as a way to facilitate and increase illegal immigration. Pueblo Sin Fronteras claims that Freedom for Immigrants has directly funded the group, while Freedom for Immigrants denies this, claiming that it only raised funds for Pueblo Sin Fronteras. 
A $25,000 grant was given to the Oakland-based LGBT activism organization Brown Boi Project.  The organization promotes itself as a “community that supports the lives of masculine of center womyn (meaning gender non-confirming), queer, transmen, trans people of color and their allies committed to changing the way that communities of color talk about gender.” 
A $10,000 grant was issued in 2017 to left leaning Peace Development Fund for “Rapid Response Planning.” 
The Y and H Soda foundation made a $2,000 grant in both 2018 and 2017 to the Regents of the University of California for the Berkeley-based Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. 
In 2018, The Tides Center was given a $50,000 grant for its LeaderSpring initiative. During the 2017 fiscal year, the Y and H Soda foundation provided the Tides Center with $82,000 in grants for a “Civic Engagement table,” among other purposes.