Get To Know The San Francisco Foundation's Koshland Committee and the Neighborhoods It Funds

If you're familiar with the Bay Area, it should come as no surprise that the Jackson Triangle and Harder/Tennyson communities in the City of Hayward are getting a lot of public and private attention these days. The San Francisco Foundation's Koshland Committee recently announced a $300,000 grant to help improve the lives of people living in these Bay Area neighborhoods and to support the growth of neighborhood residents. (Read: The San Francisco Foundation: Bay Area Grants).

Both public and private funders are investing heavily in these two neighborhoods. To begin with, these areas have a long history of poor classroom attendance and graduation rates. “This average daily attendance for 2012 is 75 percent for 6th grade, 22 percent for 7th, 29 percent for 8th and 16 percent for 9th grade. How do you explain that?” questioned Mayor Michael Sweeney in a Hayward City Council meeting. The area of the Jackson Triangle and Harder/Tennyson neighborhoods is one of five recipients of a $25 million federal grant, the Promise Neighborhood Grant. The grant is intended to break the cycle of poverty in the region through better education. The money will also help develop the South Hayward BART Transit Village, which promises affordable housing for low-income residents, access to healthy foods, and public transit to jobs.

This recent $300,000 grant was decided upon by TSFF's Koshland Committee, which includes members of the Koshland family, a representative of TSFF's Board of Trustees, representatives of the University of California, Berkeley, and other Bay Area community leaders. Daniel E. Koshland, Sr., was a businessman, civic leader, and one of the founders of TSFF, and the foundation established the Daniel E. Koshland Civic Unity Awards in 1982 in his honor.

These two Hayward neighborhoods are the 2014 recipients of the Civic Unity Award, which is a five-year commitment. “There are multiple initiatives and attention... being placed in the Jackson Triangle and Harder Tennyson neighborhoods,” said Koshland Program Director Retha Robinson. “Our work with the community will help to make linkages between these initiatives and neighborhood leaders stronger.”

Other Koshland awards have gone to the Canal Welcome Center for low-income immigrants in Marin County, the North Fair Oaks Youth Initiative in San Mateo County, the Iron Triangle Legacy Neighborhood Project in Conta Costa County, and the Chinatown Technology for Disabilities Project in San Francisco. In a nutshell, the Koshland Program is all about improving neighborhoods, specifically, Bay Point, Excelsior, San Pablo, North Fair Oaks, Ashland and Cherryland throughout the five Bay Area counties served by The San Francisco Foundation.

But that's not all. The Koshland Committee also offers an Arts & Culture Mini-Grants Program, which provides $500 to $3,000 grants to community-based (and free) artistic and cultural activities that strengthen these particular neighborhoods. Grant applications are typically accepted in February and March for this program each year. To learn more about Koshland Program funding at TSFF, contact Program Director, Retha Robinson, at 415-733-8561 or via email at koshland@sff.org.