Chavez Family Foundation: Grants for the Bay Area

OVERVIEW: The Chavez Family Foundation supports immigration, education, entrepreneurship in the Bay Area and elsewhere in California.

FUNDING AREAS: Immigration, education, entrepreneurship

IP TAKE: This funder is interested in collaborative efforts with other Bay Area groups benefitting the education needs of immigrant students.

PROFILE: The Chavez Family Foundation is the foundation of Tom Chavez, who is a serial technology entrepreneur in San Francisco. Chavez is a second-generation Mexican-American who grew up in Albuquerque. He co-started Rapt in 1999 and Krux in 2010. He has served on the boards of San Francisco education nonprofits over the past decade. The foundation aims to “to maximize human potential and promote equal opportunity by investing in programs at the intersection of immigration, education, and entrepreneurship.”

Foundation grants center on equal opportunity among all people and education as a great equalizer. It’s giving is also driven by a desire to maximize human potential, give back to local communities, and achieve an inclusive civic society. Chavez prefers to support organizations that are led by entrepreneurial pathfinders. Past support has gone to the Latino Business Action Network, Merit US, and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. The funder is also involved in a collaborative partnership to assist undocumented college students pursue their education through the California Campus Catalyst Fund.

Foundation grants are often over $100,000. Learn more about past grantees on the funder’s highlights page. The foundation prioritizes giving in the nine-county Bay Area of California. However, it occasionally supports efforts that benefit the state of California as a whole and also an occasional national cause.

The Chavez Family Foundation welcomes the opportunity to learn about organizations and programs that align with its mission. Grantseekers can submit an initial inquiry on the funder’s website and expect a response within 30 days. If interested, the foundation will conduct meetings or site visits, follow up with email and phone correspondence, and request additional documentation. Direct general questions to the foundation staff at or 415-990-7278.


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