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The San Francisco Foundation (California)

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    Funder Type

    Private Foundation

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    The San Francisco Foundation


    The San Francisco Foundation mobilizes resources and acts as a catalyst for change to build strong communities, foster civic leadership, and promote philanthropy. Grants principally in six categories: the arts and culture, community health, education, environment, neighborhood and community development, and social justice.

    The San Francisco Foundation has identified the following area(s) of interest:
    • Art Awards: The foundation bestows artistic awards in literature, visual arts, and play writing each year to artists.
    • Arts and Culture: The foundation invests in change through arts and culture because artistic expression is a human right. 
    • Community Development: The foundations invests in change through community development because everyone should have a chance to share in the prosperity the Bay Area has to offer. We invest in housing stability and economic security to help families save and build assets to move up the economic ladder and create opportunity for generations of Bay Area families. The foundation focuses on: 1) financial resiliency and asset building; 2) quality affordable housing; 3) job training and creation; and 4) foreclosure prevention.
    • Community Health: The foundation invests in change through community health because as a community, we rely on each other to enjoy longer and healthier lives. While working to prevent unnecessary illness and harm and protecting each persons access to medically and linguistically competent care, we can help everyone in the Bay Area to enjoy great health at all stages of life.
    • Community Leadership Awards: This award celebrate visionary leaders doing extraordinary work to strengthen Bay Area communities. The work may confront societal or civic issues, address health or environmental concerns, or promote arts and humanities.
    • Disaster Preparedness: The foundation launched a Disaster Preparedness Project to strengthen both the Bay Area communities that would be disproportionately affected by disaster and the organizations that serve them. Because nonprofits play a critical role in disasters, we strengthen the capacity of key nonprofit service providers to meet the needs of Bay Area communities in the aftermath of a catastrophic disaster.
    • Education: The foundation invests in change through education because every child deserves every opportunity to reach his or her potential.
    • Environment: The foundation invests in change through the environment because we all need clean water, healthy food, access to nature, and a fossil fuel free future.
    • FAITHS Program: The foundation aims to enhance the work of faith-based organizations that deliver services or advocate for their communities.
    • Grants to Individuals Program: Scholarships to residents of CA for upper level or graduate study at specific institutions. Awards to artists and community leaders in the San Francisco, CA, area.
    • Immigrant Integration Fund: The foundation promotes the full integration and incorporation of immigrants in the civic and economic life of the regions neighborhoods and communities. The Immigrant Integration Fund aims to ensure that all Bay Area residents have civic, economic, and educational opportunities, as well as access to health and human services. The Fund supports legal services, citizenship, advocacy, and civic engagement programs that serve the Bay Areas diverse immigrant community.
    • Koshland Civic Unity Awards: The foundation seeks to: 1) build the self-awareness and confidence needed for individuals to be creative and effective leaders in their neighborhoods; 2) stimulate personal and professional growth among neighborhood leaders; 3) increase understanding among different types of people within neighborhoods; and 4) promote the concept that nurturing these differences is a crucial element in solving neighborhood problems.
    • Koshland Young Leader Awards: This award recognizes the next generation of leadership in the community, providing a two-year award of $7,000 to outstanding San Francisco public high school juniors who balance extraordinary family, economic and societal pressures with the discipline required for academic excellence, and the drive to succeed at community leadership.
    • Multicultural Fellowship Program: The program provides young professionals of color with challenging work experiences and leadership opportunities in the areas of grantmaking and community building.
    • Program-Related Investment: Historically, the foundation has made PRIs in the form of loan guarantees that are limited to no more than 75% of the total loan amount. The foundation has made PRIs occasionally to nonprofit organizations in the areas of the environment, community improvement, employment, housing, the arts, education, health, and immigrant services. 
    • Public Policy and Civic Engagement: The foundation makes grants to community-based organizations who effectively educate, organize, and engage low-income communities and communities of color in policy change and reform. 
    • Recession Recovery: In the face of the economic downturn, the foundation has been taking the needed steps to fund recession recovery throughout the Bay Area, supporting partners in safety net, job training and creation, and foreclosure response and neighborhood preservation. 
    For more information about these programs please visit the foundation website

    History of Funding

    Previously funded projects may be viewed at:

    Additional Information

    Typically, the foundation will not fund:
    • Projects outside the program areas
    • Medical, academic or scientific research
    • Religious activities
    • Direct assistance to individuals
    • Conferences or one-time events


    San Francisco Foundation Staff

    San Francisco Foundation Staff
    One Embarcadero Center, Suite 1400
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    (415) 733-8500

    Colin Richardson

    Colin Richardson
    One Embarcadero Center, Suite 1400
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    (415) 733-8504

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Projects must benefit residents in at least one of the five Bay Area counties we serve: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo.

    Deadline Details

    Deadlines vary based on program area. Letters of Intent should be emailed to:

    Award Details

    Award amounts vary. Grants range from $25,000 to $100,000.

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