Nancy and Joachim Bechtle are key figures in San Francisco’s nonprofit world, with a long track record of supporting many of the city’s leading cultural institutions. We take a closer look at the couple’s priorities and recent grantmaking.
As philanthropists, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan have been best known for their big ambitions around biomedical research and education. But they’ve also been major donors in their home region, with CZI moving grants to dozens of local groups.
Philanthropy is a small but important part of major projects in Seattle and the Bay Area aimed at ensuring more affordable housing and providing aid to the homeless. Where can grant dollars have the most impact in taking on these daunting challenges?
This media giant’s corporate funding arm will soon award approximately $2.5 million in 11 regions to support promising local programs addressing community challenges.
A $15 million gift to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland by Marc and Lynne Benioff will address the acute shortage of mental health services for children and adolescents in Oakland and the East Bay.
The Battery is known as an exclusive hangout for San Francisco’s tech leaders. But it’s also serious about its social mission, with a philanthropic arm that has now galvanized $15 million in giving. We recently caught up with its leaders to get an update.
We take a look at the new charitable venture of Zach Ertz of the Philadelphia Eagles, and soccer player Julie Ertz, which is focused in Philadelphia, the Bay Area, and Haiti.
After many lucrative years in the tech industry, Keith Krach is leaving his executive job to focus on philanthropy. We talk with him about a recent $1 million gift and how his career shaped his interest in nurturing “transformational leaders.”
Salesforce.org, the philanthropic arm of the software company, is known for directly backing public school districts in the cities where its employees live and work. What behind its largest gift ever to a national education nonprofit?
Last month after a contentious campaign, San Francisoc voters approved a ballot measure to tax the city’s richest companies to help the homeless. Now one of the measure’s biggest supporters is putting millions of his own money where his mouth is.
Blue Shield of California Foundation is looking to step up its game, bringing “new kinds of solutions and approaches” to complex health and equity challenges. As part of that push, it’s created a new fellowship program.
The Horner Foundation is run by family members who focus their giving on causes for kids aged 10 to 19 in Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, and regions of Canada and England. Here’s what it’s up to.
With freshwater under threat across the West, foundations have stepped up work in this area in recent years. The S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, which is spending down by 2020, has been a key player on water issues.
As devastating wildfires have become the new normal in California, the state’s philanthropic community has stepped up in response, moving millions for relief. Who’s doing what with fires now burning at both ends of the state?
Lots of grant money has been flowing lately for movement building. The Akonadi Foundation is among those funders now looking to translate that energy into gains at the ballot box, as we explored in an article first published in May.
The Dorsey & Whitney Foundation, an international law firm based in Minnesota, supports the communities where its lawyers work—in a variety of ways. We take a quick look at its grantmaking, local employee engagement, and pro bono legal services.
Early childhood learning funders are focusing growing attention on helping parents get the information they need to encourage their child’s early cognitive development. A Bay Area initiative is getting a boost after a promising first run.
The San Francisco Foundation shifted to an equity grantmaking strategy over two years ago, an early adopter of a focus that’s become a driving force in philanthropy. How’s that been working out? And what are key takeaways for other funders?
Salesforce’s commitment to Bay Area schools now totals more than $50 million over the course of its five-year partnership with its local school districts. But grants aren’t the only way that the company helps.
Northern California Grantmakers recently released a report that explores the physical and economic health of North Bay arts groups in the wake of last year’s wildfires. We take a look at how donors can help and why they should.
It isn’t just national foundations that are wrestling with issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. Local funders are also engaging more deeply here. A case in point: a recent convening by San Diego Grantmakers.
This California-focused grantmaker was launched last September and has now completed its second round of local giving, with a focus on patient care, patient safety, and physician wellness.
As the most populous state, there’s a lot at stake when it comes to getting the 2020 Census right in California. Here’s a look at a funder stepping up to make sure everyone is counted.
Mini-grants, which are often in the range of $250 to $2,500, have an important place in institutional philanthropy, even though you don't hear much about them.
With artists all across the country facing rising rents and scarce financial support, a Bay Area foundation lays down the gauntlet, arguing that the sector “can no longer continue to persist on the unpaid labor of the workforce that is core to its existence."
EBCF has around since 1928 and gives away tens of millions each year. It’s in the midst of a transformation as it hits its 90th anniversary, looking to have more impact by driving social change.
With the one-year anniversary of the Sonoma County wildfires just around the corner, many local grantmakers have moved on to other pressing issues. However, other funders are still paying attention.
The philanthropic arm of the broadband provider offers modest grants, with a preference for small nonprofits where such money can go a long way.
The Bay Area remains a leading test case of how funders can support the arts in an era of urban gentrification. A key player in this struggle, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, recently shifted its strategy.
While this foundation is relatively new, its founder and his family have a long history of supporting Bay Area causes, including progressive groups. Here’s what nonprofits need to know.