The Bay Area is a hub of philanthropy for the state of California. Just over a third of the state’s grantmaking foundations are located in the Bay Area, and more than half of the state’s total giving came from local philanthropic organizations. A wide range of funders is active in the region, from major legacy foundations with billions in assets to smaller family foundations and new foundations created by tech winners. Some of these funders are more accessible than others, but overall, there are many opportunities for Bay Area nonprofits seeking support. All the profiles of funders in this guide are updated regularly.
This funder is solely focused on racial justice in Oakland, California. Unsolicited applications are accepted for some programs, but not for others.
The philanthropic vehicle of writer Isabel Allende advocates for women and youth, funding grants for education, reproductive rights, healthcare, and more.
The foundation of Silicon Valley real estate mogul John Arrillaga. The foundation’s annual giving is modest, with funds often going to local health and human services.
Most grants are awarded to science-based nonprofits in the Bay Area. A majority go to STEM education programs, followed by environmental water management and character development.
This active but low-profile foundation awards grants for museums, higher education, healthcare, cancer research, medical research, and youth programs.
The foundation of Google co-founder Sergey Brin and his wife Anne Wojcicki (although the couple is now separated). Much of their grantmaking takes place in the Bay Area, heavily prioritizing health, education and poverty.
The Ayrshire Foundation split into two foundations in 2015. The Northern California directors adopted a new name, the Caldera Foundation. Caldera focuses on environmental issues locally and globally.
This corporate funder supports health and education in the Greater Philadelphia area and beyond. Unsolicited grant applications do not appear to be accepted at this time.
CalWellness focuses its grant making efforts on the health and well-being of Californians, low income individuals and young people. The foundation funds widely ranging health issues including violence, teen pregnancy and poverty.
The Bay Area is one of the largest regional beneficiaries of the bank's charitable arm, which supports community programs serving at-risk and low/middle-income populations.
The Chamberlin Family Foundation's Bay Area grantmaking focuses on Richmond and West Contra Costa County. The foundation has a particular interest in improving education systems.
Christensen’s San Francisco Bay Area Program supports the area's native people, land, diaspora communities and cultural diversity programs.
This funder provides matching grants in these fields: agricultural preservation, environment, arts & culture, community enhancement, economic development, education & youth, health & social services. Grants for women and girls are available too.
The charitable outfit of the venture capitalist Michael Mortiz and his wife Harriet. The couple's philanthropy in the Bay Area is mainly focused on education and arts and culture, but they also support parks and human services.
This funder supports education, science, and the arts largely in the Bay Area, but also in Israel. Jewish causes are very important to this foundation, and today, it’s best known for the teen fellows program.
This funder is the philanthropic arm of a corporate law firm. It supports cultural, civic, educational and general welfare organizations and programs.
East Bay is focused almost exclusively on economic development and early childhood education. Other kinds of nonprofits in Alameda and Contra Costa have a shot if work touches on these concerns.
This Silicon Valley funder supports social justice and social entrepreneurship in the Bay Area and beyond. Other areas of interest include equity, poverty, film and mindfulness.
Almost all grants are made in the Bay Area, focusing in on the mid-Peninsula area. The couple focuses on educational issues and social support.
In the Bay Area, this funder supports community development/entrepreneurship, immigrant issues/human rights. It also funds environmental conservation and traumatic brain injury support here.
This focused funder gives to visual and performing arts nonprofits and education groups focused on K-5 literacy in the Bay Area.
This funder supports underserved youth in the Greater Bay Area to keep kids safe and in school. Grants are made on an invitation-only basis.
This is a single-issue funder that aims to end the cycle of poverty in the nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area. It supports economic development programs that create systemic change.
Bay Area giving from the fund established by financier Tully Friedman and his wife Elise has given to human services and health, education and youth, and particularly to arts and culture.
This funding network of Bay Area professionals supports local nonprofits working in health, education, economic opportunity, and environment and energy.
The foundation focuses on K-12 and environmental education, and youth development for underserved kids in the Bay Area. Notable for its willingness to fund general operations and to support grantees' capacity, long-term growth and fiscal health.
This funder supports local social services, homelessness, affordable, low-income housing, and religious/public/private education in the nine-county Bay Area region. Grant applications are welcomed in August.
This funder began reorganizing in March 2016. Assets were split to allow the next generation to pursue their funding interests. Half of the Gerbode funds are creating three separate private foundations.
Foundation interests include anthropology, sociology, museums and the performing arts. All California-based organizations are welcome to submit an LOI, but those doing work in the Bay Area are favored.
The Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund supports a variety of causes in the San Francisco Bay Area. Grant applications are accepted throughout the year and grants are made for many different types of support.
Bay Area grantmaking by the foundation of former Intel Chairman Andrew Grove and his family involves support of education, health, human services, and more.
The Gruber Family Foundation’s Bay Area grantmaking includes support of progressive and investigative journalism, education, the arts and women’s issues.
The Walter and Elise Haas Fund was established by the president and founder of Levi Strauss and Co. in 1952, and support arts, education, economic security, and Jewish life in the Bay Area.
Haas funds organizations working in the areas of immigration, LGBT rights, education, nonprofit leadership development and community partnerships.
This funder supports many local causes in the areas of environment, human health, education, and music. Letters of inquiry are accepted at any time, and California nonprofits are given priority.
This funder supports local Bay Area organizations in the areas of education and youth development, health access, and basic needs. Music and dance were passions of the founders and still receive support today.
Hewlett’s local program centers on awarding grants to the Bay Area and Central Valley’s disadvantaged communities. Hewlett writes most of its local checks to performing arts groups, and a few to environmental groups each year.
Many of Irvine’s Bay Area grants go to arts organizations. Democracy and youth causes also receive Irvine support.
This funder supports Jewish learning, educator training, and research with special focus on the Bay Area. Nonprofits that benefit Jewish communities nationwide are considered for grants.
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This foundation is now focused on cancer research and is a non-staffed supporting organization of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
The Bay Area is one of Knight's focus communities. Foundation grants in the region are limited, but can be pretty substantial.
The Koret Foundation engages in grantmaking in areas such as education, arts and culture, and Jewish causes. Most of its funding stays in the Bay Area.
The Krause Foundation supports organizations that seek to create systemic change in education and youth development.
This San Francisco-based funder oversees over a dozen giving circles composed of Latinos who support Latino-led organizations. LCF awards grants to grassroots groups for community and civic engagement.
Grantmaking focuses on health, education, and other select causes. A key component for this funder is bankrolling Lyme disease research, a personal cause.
This philanthropic vehicle of real estate investor George M. Marcus and his wife Judith. Support has gone to education, health, human services, and the arts.
Marin County may be best known for its wealth and luxury, but there are plenty of low-income residents here, too. MCF pays attention to the underprivileged, focusing most of its grantmaking in this area.
This is the philanthropic vehicle of veteran venture capitalist Burt McMurtry and family. Grantmaking touches local schools, arts and culture organizations, and more.
This Bay Area funder supports causes for vulnerable children and youth related to education, arts, and health.
This foundation awards grants in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties. Areas of interest are arts and culture, community and environment, education, health and human services, and youth.
The Moore Foundation’s Bay Area grantmaking is pretty narrowly focused on land conservation and grants to science and tech museums.
This funder supports causes for youth, education, the environment, and stewardship. Most funding stays in Santa Clara County and San Mateo County.
This funder promotes social and environmental justice through arts and education. Giving is mostly in the Bay Area, Southern California, and New York.
Much of the Oberndorfs' philanthropy is focused in on the Bay Area, where the couple has interests in education reform, health, policy, and more
This funder provides scholarships and grants for integrative medicine, continuing education for people over 50, and local arts and education groups. San Francisco and Alameda Counties are local focus areas.
Packard has been an important Bay Area funder for four decades. Health and early education are big priorities lately for this accessible funder.
The Peery Foundation's local portfolio is guided by local schools and the school district. Peery's sweet spot is Pre-K to grade 12 education in East Palo Alto. There's also a regional portfolio that includes Silicon Valley and the Bay Area.
This branch of the Pritzker family of philanthropies mainly gives in the Bay Area, but also supports causes in Israel. Funding goes to children's health and education, Israel and Jewish affairs, the arts and civic life.
Grantmaking provides support education, medical research, science and technology, social justice, the environment and the arts.
This increasingly active funder supports early education in Oakland, as well as small- and mid-sized dance/theater/film organizations and Inflammatory Bowel Disease research in the Bay Area.
This funder supports nonprofits that serve the Richmond community through grants for public safety, health, jobs and economic development, physical environment, and education.
The foundation of billionaire George Roberts focuses its grantmaking on education and poverty. It also supports a venture philanthropy effort to alleviate poverty by backing social enterprises.
The philanthropic vehicle of venture capitalist Arthur Rock and his wife Toni. Grantmaking involves education reform, legal rights, arts and culture, and more.
This Bay Area funder focuses on supporting public education in Oakland, California. It also supports local community institutions and universities on a limited basis.
This Oakland-based funder supports causes of the environment, consumer health, public health, youth leadership, and environmental justice through many different funds.
The Rosenberg Foundation awards grants to organizations working to improve social and environmental conditions for Californians. It has a big focus on immigrant and worker rights.
This funder is headquartered in the Bay Area and gives local and corporate sponsor grants here. Focus areas are health & human services, hunger relief, education, and people with disabilities.
This major player in Bay Area philanthropy has an array of interests, with racial and economic equality at the heart of it all.
Based in San Francisco, the foundation is primarily focused on education, both nationally and locally. However, it does also fund locally in the area of health and human services.
This is the biggest community foundation in America. Education, human services, and immigration are top priorities, but funding goes to a range of causes.
The Smith trust funds programs in four areas: foster youth, elders, veterans and people with disabilities. It focuses on 14 states in the Western U.S., including California, and the Canadian province of British Columbia.
The foundation of the Silicon Valley real estate family is dedicated to Santa Clara, San Mateo and Southern Alameda counties. Grants are awarded mostly for human services, education, and health causes.
This funder gives to a wide variety of field-of-interest funds, primarily funds regarding education and public and society issues. There are donor funds with established grant programs accepting applications as well.
The charitable vehicle of an early tech pioneer focuses on education, the environment, and more. As well, policy and human rights outfits in the Bay Area and beyond receive support.
This funder prioritizes youth development through sports and the arts. It has given extensively to the Bay Area, and also in the areas of economic security, English as second language, and out-of-classroom education.
The Stuart Foundation was established from the fortune of Carnation evaporated milk; it awards education and child welfare grants throughout California and Washington.
Morris Stulsaft Foundation has a strict focus on children and youth causes in the Bay Area. Funding is split between four interest areas, but early childhood education receives the most support lately.
Swig mostly funds art, education, youth organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Other interests are health, human Services, and the environment.
Taproot's in-kind service grants present a unique opportunity for nonprofits to work with top consulting professionals in the field on a pro bono basis.
The philanthropic vehicle of Ted Taube, the foundation is a steady supporter of Jewish causes in the Bay Area. Public policy, higher education, and health are other priorities.
The foundation of investor Peter Thiel supports scientific innovation and promotes freedom. Its Bay Area grantmaking mainly involves supporting science and technology.
An approachable funder, but with a narrow mission to promote social justice in Northern California by means of legal services and advocacy.
This foundation only awards grants to East Bay communities, mainly to education and Catholic organizations. All grantmaking will cease in September 2018.
This funder supports human services organizations in the Bay Area. Another interest is education, and Charmaine spent three decades in this field.
This funder was created when two health organizations merged. It's largely concerned with mental health in California. Unsolicited grant applications are not accepted.
Wells Fargo considers proposals from education, housing, job training, and human services organizations in the Bay Area. Grant applications, especially for program support, are considered on a rolling basis throughout the year.
The philanthropic vehicle of Twitter billionaire Evan Williams and his wife Sara. The foundation has focused so far on environmental issues, education, and youth, with a Northern California focus.
The San Francisco-based company assists the local community and beyond through corporate giving and its philanthropic foundation. They don't appear to accept unsolicited grant requests.
The Zellerbach family has deep roots in the Bay Area. Grantmaking involves areas such as community arts, education and supporting immigrants and refugees.