Three Things to Know About Isabel Allende Foundation's Bay Area Philanthropy

The Isabel Allende Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of writer Isabel Allende. Born to Chilean parents in Peru, Allende eventually relocated to the United States and has spent a good part of her life in the San Francisco Bay Area, where much of the foundation's grantmaking is targeted. The foundation has been laser-focused on supporting and empowering women around the world and makes grants in education, reproductive rights, healthcare, and more.

In the 2014 fiscal year, the Isabel Allende Foundation held over $10 million in assets and gave away around $811,000. While the foundation does have a website, it is not open to unsolicited proposals as of this writing. Here are a few must knows about this funder:

1. The Foundation Has Supported Women's Rights and Reproductive Rights in the Bay Area

Past money has gone to Centro Legal De La Raza in Oakland, which provides "provides free or low-cost, bilingual, culturally-sensitive legal aid, community education and advocacy for low-income residents of the Bay Area, including monolingual Spanish speaking immigrants. In the 2014 fiscal year, an $85,000 grant went to Global Fund for Women. Past support also includes Homeless Prenatal Program, NARAL Pro-Choice California Foundation, and MISSSEY (Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting & Serving Sexually Exploited Youth) which has the aim of "ending child exploitation and helping victims regain the joy and confidence of life."

2. Education And Youth Outfits in the Bay Area Have Also Seen Support

In the 2014 fiscal year, almost $30,000 went to 10,000 Degrees, whose mission is to "achieve educational equity, and support students with need to access and complete higher education to positively impact their communities and the world." Past support has also gone to outfits such as 826 Valencia, which helps youth with their writing, Fairfax Anselmo Children's Center, Hannah Project, whose goal is to "boost the academic performance and college graduation rates of African American and other low-income of color in Marin County," San Jose State University, and La Cocina, which supports low-income food entrepreneurs.

3. Healthcare Is Another Interest of This Funder

Past support has gone to outfits such as Center for Early Intervention on Deafness, Project Open Hand, which "provides home delivered meals, groceries and nutrition counseling to people living with HIV/AIDS," and Shanti Project, a "community of volunteers and staff which provides emotional and practical support to San Francisco's most vulnerable individuals living with life-threatening illness."

Given Allende's background, it's no surprise that a component of the foundation's grantmaking also involves outfits that work on a global level. Some of this philanthropy does involve outfits in the Bay Area, and in the 2014 fiscal year a $5,000 grant went to Survivors International which "provides essential psychological, social service and medical services to help heal the wounds of torture for those who have survived persecution and have fled to the United States seeking safety and freedom." Past support has also gone to Soroptimist International of Marin County. Soroptimist is an "international organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world." Finally, money has gone to Museum of the African Diaspora, KQED, and SF-Marin Food Bank.

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