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.
Philanthropic support for film remains scarce, and most support goes to documentaries. One major exception is SFFILM, the largest grant-giving body for narrative features in the U.S.
Salesforce’s new office tower in San Francisco looms as a symbol of tech omnipotence in a region with deepening stratification. The company and its CEO are also leaders in philanthropy. But are they bold enough?
While nonprofits have griped forever about a lack of unrestricted grants, many funders remain wary of providing such support. The Sobrato Family Foundation recently shared its take-aways from 10 years of offering GOS funding.
While the Bay Area's tech elite remain ambivalent about the arts, other funders in the region are a different story entirely. We dig into a historic brick-and-mortar gift out of San Francisco.
Women of color are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS and the harsh practices of the criminal justice system. Now, this group is getting new help around these issues from a top funder in California.
Warren Buffett has famously called philanthropy "society's risk capital." The best foundation leaders view their resources in exactly this way. Here’s an example from the Bay Area.
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation may be the most intriguing—and confusing—institution in philanthropy today. It also has a surprising number of critics. IP Editor David Callahan takes a deep dive.
The fight against homelessness in Silicon Valley keeps gaining momentum, most recently with what may be the largest-ever corporate contribution to address this issue, by Cisco. What's the game plan here?
The NORCAL Group Foundation was launched in September 2017 and just gave out its first round of grants. The funder is focused on patient care, patient safety, and physician wellness.