OVERVIEW: The San Francisco Foundation awards grants to organizations working in the Bay Area.
IP TAKE: This funder does not award grants for capital improvements, event sponsorships, political campaign contributions, or to individuals.
PROFILE: In 1948 a group of forward thinking civic leaders established The San Francisco Foundation (TSFF). Led by Daniel Koshland and funded with a grant from the Columbia Foundation, TSFF aimed to serve as “a contemporary agency sensitive to current social needs and one which will help build the future which will magnify the opportunities of generations yet to be born.” TSFF organizes its grantmaking around three “[i]nterrelated pathways,” which include people, place, and power. The foundation awards grants to LGBTQ organizations through all three of its focus areas.
The foundation awards its “people” grants to organizations increasing access to job opportunities, promoting education equality, advocating for criminal justice reform, and improving transit and infrastructure. In contrast, the foundation’s “place” focus grants support nonprofits that work to prevent the displacement of low-income communities and communities of color with the goal of preserving “[t]he racial and cultural identity of Bay Area neighborhoods. Finally, TSFF awards its “power” grants to grassroots groups building equity movements in the Bay Area in an effort to advance racial and economic equality. The foundation prioritizes nonprofits that support those living in the Bay Area region, including Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties.
Grant amounts typically range from $25,000 to $100,000. Past LGBTQ grantees inlcude El/La Para TransLatinas, an advocacy organization for transgender Latinas and the Brown Boi Project, which received support for its work breaking down racial and gender barriers for LGBTQ leaders of color. To learn more about past grants awarded, explore the foundation’s grantee lists.
TSFFs announces its open grant opportunities on its website. During this timeframe, it accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry and requests for funding. Grantseekers should check the website regularly to stay abreast of those announcements.
- Fred Blackwell, Chief Executive Officer
- Judith Bell, Vice President of Programs
- Kay Fernandez Smith, Assistant Vice President of Programs
- Landon R. Williams, Senior Director, Anchoring Communities (Place)
- Jidan Terry-Koon, Acting Program Director, Expanding Access to Opportunity (Place)
- Myra Chow, Senior Directors, Nurturing Equity Movements (Power)