Milagro Foundation: Grants for the Bay Area

OVERVIEW: The Milagro Foundation is a Bay Area funder that supports causes for vulnerable children and youth related to education and health.

FUNDING AREAS: Children and youth, education, health

IP TAKE: The best opportunities for Milagro funding in the Bay Area are in the field of education. Organizations that assist youth with college access and serve impoverished communities in the Bay Area see Milagro’s support.

PROFILE: Established in 1998, the Milagro Foundation is the foundation of Carlos Santana and his family. Santana’s goal is to support programs for underrepresented and vulnerable children and youth. Milagro means “miracle” in Spanish, and the foundation gets its funds from concert ticket donations, Santana-licensed products, and donations from philanthropic partners and individual donors. With goals of supporting children and youth, the foundation’s two current initiatives are education and health.

The foundation especially focuses on organizations that work with kids at risk for poor health, illiteracy, and who have insufficient educational and cultural opportunities. The foundation prioritizes programs that work with children for two or more years and that show collaboration among multiple agencies. The Milagro Foundation’s educational funding focuses on college access, closing the achievement gap, and breaking the cycle of poverty. Meanwhile, the health program is focused on mental health, addiction support, and disease eradication. The foundation used to support artistic efforts but is not funding new arts causes at this time.

Foundation grants tend to be approximately $10,000 each. Grantseekers can learn about past grantees on the funder’s website by searching by region, year, or name. This foundation funds many causes for children and youth in the San Francisco Bay Area and also nationally and internationally.

The foundation has not accepted unsolicited grant applications since 2006. This is due, in part, to the fact that the executive director received over 3,000 grant requests each year. Therefore, ninety-nine percent of applications had to be rejected because of funding restrictions. In the past, funding has occurred multiple times per year, with health grants awarded in the winter and education grants in the fall. Direct general questions to the San Rafael-based staff at 415-460-9939 or


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