We recently pointed out an interesting collaboration between the Rosenberg Foundation and the Hellman Foundation, which brought the latter of these two funders onto our radar. To recap, this pair of San Francisco-based funders are working together on the $2 million, eight-year Leading Edge Fund to train the next generation of progressive leaders in California.
But this collaborative effort got us wondering what else the Hellman Foundation has been up to in the Bay Area lately, and what issues it cares most about.
To start, Hellman prioritizes education and youth development, health access, and basic needs on the local level. However, as a relatively new foundation, there are indications that it expects to expand its funding focus as the foundation grows and develops. Hellman’s collaboration with Rosenberg made us wonder if a priority on social justice issues might be next.
The Hellman Foundation has also recently supported the San Francisco’s Oral Health Collaborative, which involves the San Francisco Unified School District efforts to increase access to dental healthcare, especially among pregnant women and children. Dental health—and access to dental health in particular—is an issue often overlooked by funders, but this has emerged as an important one for Hellman.
Another health-related collaborative project Hellman supports is the EatSF Fruit and Vegetable Voucher Program. Like the oral health project, this program also received $400,000 from Hellman to improve the health of people in San Francisco. The goal of this local effort is to providing access for underserved communities to healthy produce. Hellman also supported the S.F. General Hospital Foundation with a million-plus dollar donation last year.
Hellman is all about collaborative efforts, and it even has an entire initiative devoted to boosting collaborative ventures to solve community problems. Six collaborations in San Francisco and Alameda Counties were awarded grants to pilot this program. Check the initiative’s Application Process page for the most up-to-date information on dates and deadlines.
Profiles about other recent Hellman grantees are available on the foundation website. In a recent year, the foundation committed over $5 million in grants to 70 organizations. Funding typically stays in the Bay Area region for all funding areas.
To learn more about this funder, check out IP’s profile, Hellman Foundation: Bay Area Grants.