Tully and Elise Friedman Fund

OVERVIEW: The Tully and Elise Friedman Fund supports human services, health, education, youth, and arts and culture in the Bay Area of California.

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

FUNDING AREAS: Human services, health, education, youth, arts and culture

PROFILE: Established in 1997, the Tully and Elise Friedman Fund is the private foundation of Tully Friedman and his wife, Elise. Tully Friedman co-founded Hellman & Friedman and went on to found FFL Partners, a private equity firm in San Francisco. Friedman and his wife, Elise, move charitable contributions through their Tully and Elise Friedman Fund, which gave away around $1 million in a recent year. Grantmaking areas of interest include human services, health, education, youth, and arts and culture.

The foundation does not have a website to guide grantseekers. However, the couple supports causes broadly in its home region. In general, human services, health, education, and the arts, in particular, are priorities for this funder’s Bay Area grantmaking. Bay Area grantees have included Friends of the San Francisco Symphony, California Shakespeare Theatre, Junior League of San Francisco, and Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco.

Foundation grants can range anywhere from $250 to $1 million each. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Many foundation grants go to groups in San Francisco. However, the funder has also supported the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals from nonprofits and only funds pre-selected organizations. The phone number for the foundation is 415-402-2101.


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