Dsea Wong Foundation: Grants for the Bay Area

OVERVIEW: The Dsea Wong Foundation invests in health, education, and other causes in the Bay Area of California.

IP TAKE:  The foundation keeps a low profile and does not accept unsolicited proposals.

FUNDING AREAS: Health, education, youth, arts and culture, human services

PROFILE: Established in 2007, the Dsea Wong Foundation is an independent foundation based in San Francisco, California. Harvard graduate Dennis J. Wong co-founded San Francisco-based developer SPI Holdings, now Verbena Road Holdings. He is also part owner of the Golden State Warriors. Wong and his wife, Shannon, engage in philanthropy and move charitable contributions through the Dsea Wong Foundation, which gave away close to $2 million in a recent year. Grantmaking includes health, education, youth, arts and culture, and human services.

The foundation keeps a low public profile and does not have a website. As a result, it is unclear exactly what the Wongs seek in their grantees. But in the Bay Area, it is clear that this funder prioritizes health. Past grantees include the Chinese Hospital. The foundation has also directed funds to the Lucile Packard Foundation and Asian Community Mental Health Services (ACMHS). The Wongs also invest in Bay Area schools like Garfield Elementary, KIPP Bay Area Schools, Menlo School, Moreau Catholic High School, The Nueva School (Wong is a former board chair), and Oakland Military Institute. The foundation’s grantmaking has also supported arts and cultural institutions in the Bay Area, such as SF MOMA (Wong is on the board) and the San Francisco Symphony. In human services, grantees include San Francisco Food Bank and Tipping Point Community.

Foundation grants tend to range from $2,000 to $400,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its tax records. San Francisco and the Bay Area of California are the major geographic focuses of this foundation.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals from nonprofits. The phone number for the foundation is 415-288-7900.


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