Stephen M. Silberstein Foundation

OVERVIEW: Stephen M. Silberstein Foundation focuses on education, the environment, policy, human rights, libraries, and arts and culture in the Bay Area and beyond.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, policy, human rights, libraries, environment, arts and culture

IP TAKE: This funder does not have a strong web presence or provide a clear way to get in touch about grants.

PROFILE: Established in 1997, the Stephen M. Silberstein Foundation a foundation based in Belvedere, California. In 1978, Stephen Silberstein co-founded Innovative Interfaces, which develops automated systems for libraries. Today the company has more than 2,400 library systems installed in 9,500+ libraries, spanning the globe in at least 66 countries. Silberstein is now retired and has engaged in philanthropy through the Stephen M. Silberstein Foundation.

This foundation does not have a website to guide grantseekers. However, Silberstein focuses a lot of his philanthropy on education. Silberstein has been a trustee of U.C. Berkeley Foundation and U.C. Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy. Past support has gone to the U.C. Berkeley Foundation and the Berkeley Public Education Foundation. The founder has also supported libraries in the Bay Area. Silberstein has served on the board of the Belvedere-Tiburon Library Foundation, and past support has gone to the Berkeley Public Library and Alameda Free Library Association. Silberstein also has a big interest in policy and human rights. Past support has gone to Ella Baker Center for Human Rights Impact Fund and the Movement Strategy Center in Oakland. Silberstein also has funded environmental and arts and culture organizations in the Bay Area, including San Francisco Baykeeper and the Berkeley Repertory Theater.

Foundation grants are often between $50,000 and $1 million each. Review the funder’s recent tax records to learn more about its local giving. Funding is largely focused on the Bay Area of California and the city of Berkeley.

It does not appear that this foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. Direct general questions to the foundation at 415-435-1692.

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