College Futures Foundation: Grants for the Bay Area and California

OVERVIEW: The College Futures Foundation supports K-12 and higher education in California through higher education reform, student-centric practices, education leadership, and college affordability.

FUNDING AREAS: K-12 education in California, college education in California, higher education reform, student-centric practices, education leadership and governance, college affordability

IP TAKE: This foundation does not accept unsolicited requests, but it is part of some powerful funder collaborations worth learning about in California.

PROFILE: Established in 2005, the College Futures Foundation is a San Francisco-based foundation that focuses on education in California. The foundation aims to “partner with organizations and leaders across the state to catalyze systemic change and close equity gaps so that the vision of a seamless, student-centered educational path to opportunity becomes a reality—and one that’s available to every student, regardless of zip code, skin color, or income.” Grantmaking includes higher education reform, student-centric practices, education leadership and governance, and college affordability.

The College Futures Foundation focuses on helping low-income people of color attain higher education degrees and success in life. It provides support to connect local donors and students who need scholarships and reforms to the higher education system in the state. It also aims to bridge gaps between the K-12, community college, and four-year university systems to establish a pipeline for achieving college degrees. Past grantees include the American Institutes for Research, Community Coalition, and College Options.

Foundation grants are often between $100,000 and $5,000. Learn more about past grantees in the funder’s online grant database. Much of the funder’s support focuses on the San Francisco Bay Area, but it also awards grants throughout the state of California.

This foundation accepts grant applications on an invitation-only basis. The foundation staff conducts research to identify organizations that are doing work that aligns with its mission and to identify potential grantee partners. Direct general questions to the foundation at 415-287-1800 or


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