Gamble Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Gamble Foundation focuses on environmental and agricultural programs in the Bay Area.

FOCUS AREAS: Environment, agriculture, land stewardship, conservation, preservation

IP TAKE: In addition to providing general operating support, the Gamble Foundation looks to fund a nonprofit’s ability to expand organization’s capacity, long-term growth and fiscal health.

PROFILE: The Gamble Foundation is a family foundation that is based in San Francisco, California. It aims to “promote the holistic management of preserved lands through grants to organizations focused mainly in the San Francisco Bay Area.” Grantmaking areas of interest have narrowed in recent years and are now centered on sustainable working landscapes with a balance of conservation and preservation.

In the past, the Gamble Foundation supported youth and education causes. But now, it is solely focused on environmental and agricultural programs. Gamble looks to support local efforts that foster collaboration between management entities for land stewardship on public and private lands. The funder is also interested in helping nonprofits be more effective and sustainable on their own. Past support has gone to Connolly Ranch in Napa, Education Outside in San Francisco, and the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito. The funder has also been active in the rebuilding and recovery efforts following California wildfires.

The Gamble Foundation’s grants often range $10,000 to $25,000 and are one to four years in length. View past annual grants lists on the funder’s For Grantseekers page. Grantmaking is focused on groups that serve the residents of the San Francisco Bay Area counties.

Although the foundation used to accept unsolicited grant requests, it is now accepting proposals by invitation only. Direct general questions to the staff at 415-561-6540 or to the individual staff members by email.

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