Ginnie and Peter Haas Jr. Fund

OVERVIEW: The Ginnie and Peter Haas Jr. Fund supports education, immigration, health, human services, and youth in the Bay Area of California.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, immigration, health, human services, youth

IP TAKE: The foundation most recently prioritizes education. Unfortunately, it lacks transparency limiting information about its grantmaking.

PROFILE: The Ginnie and Peter Haas Jr. Fund, which has also gone by the name of Peter E. Haas Jr. Fund, is part of the Haas legacy of giving in California. This particular Haas foundation is based in Novato, California. Peter Haas Jr. was born in 1947 to a Jewish family in San Francisco. He was appointed manager of the Levi Strauss Company in 1972 and held various roles at the family company. In addition to head of this philanthropic vehicle, he has also been involved with the Levi Strauss Foundation, the Red Tab Foundation, the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, the Novato Youth Center Honorary Board, and the San Francisco Foundation. Grantmaking areas of interest include education, immigration, health, human services, and youth.

The foundation does not have a website to guide grantseekers. However, it has been giving over $1 million in grants each year recently. Past support has gone to Leland Stanford Junior University, Friends of Stafford Lake Bike Park, Youth Leadership Institute Ritter House, and the Marin Child are Council. The fund awards grants through the Marin Community Foundation. It is also involved with funder collaborations, such as the California Campus Catalyst Fund that supports higher education for undocumented students.

Foundation grants tend to be between $25,000 and $125,000. Review the funder’s recent tax records to learn more about its local giving. The foundation’s giving is largely focused on the Bay Area of California and the northern part of the state. The foundation does not publicly share its grantmaking guidelines.

This foundation does not appear accept unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The foundation’s principal officer is Thomas Peters, PhD., who is the president and CEO of the Marin Community Foundation. The phone number to reach the foundation staff is 415-464-2500.


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