Elfenworks Foundation: Grants for the Bay Area

OVERVIEW: The Elfenworks Foundation is a Silicon Valley organization that supports social justice and social entrepreneurship in the Bay Area and beyond. Other areas of interest are equity, poverty, film, and mindfulness.  

FUNDING AREAS: Social justice, peace, mindfulness, poverty, equity  

IP TAKE: This is not a standard foundation with grantmaking cycles. But it does not hurt to introduce a nonprofit and a social justice cause in the Bay Area.

PROFILE: Established in 2006, the Elfenworks Foundation is affiliated with Elfenworks Productions, LLC, a multimedia production company dedicated to awareness-raising projects in-house and for nonprofits. It aims to help hope grow by encouraging changemakers and supporting innovative solutions. The organization is based in San Mateo, California. Interests are social justice, peace, mindfulness, poverty, and equity.

It has supported partners in education, law, media, policy, and grassroots organizations. Helping people cope with stress and social justice filmmaking are also of importance to this group. Elfenworks has adopted a Seven Pillar methodology: “follow your vision, use your special skills, address a chasm, work in partnership, share the credit, measure for feedback, and stay the course.”

This is not a traditional grantmaker, but still a good organization to know in the Bay Area. Past grants have established a social justice film award, various social entrepreneurship efforts, employment justice, and vulnerable populations, and poverty law. Although this organization supports groups nationwide, it is based in the Bay Area and much of its grantmaking stays here. In the Bay Area, Elfenworks has funded the efforts of visionary local women working in the fields of youth entrepreneurship, minorities in the technology industry, and hygiene for the homeless.

Elfenworks does not accept unsolicited requests for support. Direct general questions to the staff at 650-581-4100 or via online form.


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