Lasting Change is built on the momentum of generations of problem-solvers, bold leaders, & risk takers.
How We Work
As a trusted community leader and convener, we bring together the brightest minds, boldest leaders, and experts in their field to solve the challenges of our day.
For over six decades, strong community relationships and local expertise have been the very core of our approach.
We bring together the sharpest minds, with on-the-ground insights and expertise, to develop solutions to the biggest challenges facing Bay Area residents.
We are an incubator for creative problem-solvers, giving root to innovative approaches that ripple across the state and nation.
Every day we meet with partners, new and longstanding to roll up our sleeves and continue our mission to build a better Bay Area.
What We Can Do, Together
We leverage our resources, expertise, and our relationships to innovate and achieve shared prosperity and equity in the region.
66 Years of Bold Progress
$60M Into the Bay Area in 2013
$1.2B In Assets in 2013
$120M Return on Investments in 2013
& New Partners EverydayJoin Us
The Bay Area has an unmistakable energy and vitality. From vibrant culture and iconic landscapes, to world-class innovation and powerful social movements – it is unlike any other place. At TSFF, we strive to ensure equity and opportunity in the region so that everyone in the community can thrive.
In all focus areas we commit our resources, the expertise of our staff, and our relationships, to make a difference in the Bay Area today and sustain that impact in the future. Click on any of the five counties we serve to learn more.
Our expert program staff uses their intimate knowledge of the region to cut quickly to the essence of issues affecting the community.
We invest in organizations and grassroots leaders dedicated to ensuring equity and opportunity for everyone in the Bay Area.
We are an incubator for creative problem- solvers, giving root to innovative approaches that ripple across the state and nation. We seed pivotal institutions that make the Bay Area the unique place that we call home.
Arts & Culture$244,767
Civic & Community Engagement$406,858
Arts & Culture$9,230,259
Civic & Community Engagement$6,379,786
Arts & Culture$115,548
Civic & Community Engagement$1,782,494
Arts & Culture$103,821
Civic & Community Engagement$506,339
Arts & Culture$700,862
Civic & Community Engagement$8,252,754
Total Organizations Funded126
Total Organizations Funded798
Total Organizations Funded175
Total Organizations Funded98
Total Organizations Funded440
Setting New Roots
As the number of newly arrived immigrants in the Canal neighborhood grew, local leaders created the Canal Welcome Center to help new residents become fully engaged in civic life. Over the last 11 years it has become the go-to place for residents and nonprofits to engage with the Canal community.
In 1983 BRIDGE Housing was formed with a vision to address the shortage of affordable housing in the Bay Area by building thousands of high-quality affordable homes for working families and seniors. Today, BRIDGE is one of the most successful nonprofit housing providers in the nation.
A Connecting Point
Fifteen years ago Puente de la Costa Sur was founded to provide men working in agriculture with basic necessities. Today, Puente’s comprehensive programs reach one-third of the residents in the region and is the only organization in the county that focuses specifically on agricultural workers and their families.
RYSE Center was founded by youth and adult allies who united to create a safe place for teens in Richmond to have fun and find support to succeed. Now celebrating their five year anniversary, RYSE has served 3,000 youth, awarded 16 scholarships, and continues to grow as a hub for youth activities.
During a period of heightened violence in the community, Youth Radio was created as an outlet for youth to process their experiences and to broadcast alternative perspectives on issues facing the community. Today, the program has three news bureaus and boasts a 97% high school graduation rate.
Banding together with our partners, we leverage resources, bold ideas, and community expertise to develop solutions that build a better Bay Area. Read about a few of our partners and join us in our work.
An innovative collaborative of 22 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions, Living Cities is investing with us in HOPE SF. This landmark initiative harnesses the momentum and leadership for change, fundamentally reshaping systems, policies, and services to meet the needs of low-income residents in San Francisco's District 10 neighborhoods.
Vinitha and David Watson
Vinitha and David believe that if you can dream it, you can do it. They partnered with TSFF as a connector to bring their ideas to life. That's how they launched Zoo Labs, a creative incubator where music, entrepreneurship, and technology intersect so musicians have the tools they need to support themselves – to respect artistic work as a career choice, and make it a viable one.
Professional Advisors Council
Our Professional Advisors Council are leaders in the Bay Area financial world, committed to the community by working to advance philanthropy and encourage charitable giving across the Bay Area.
Dr. Mary H. Layman
A lifelong supporter of many Bay Area nonprofits during her lifetime, when she passed away, Dr. Layman established a trust at The San Francisco Foundation. Her original gift of $7M has since grown more than three times over and provides up to $850,000 annually to TSFF’s program teams to support youth in need in the San Francisco Bay area.
Supporting visionary leaders and organizations on the frontlines of social change worldwide, the Ford Foundation invests in our Great Communities Collaborative to promote equitable, transit-oriented development in the San Francisco Bay region.
Full Circle Fund
Full Circle Fund is a member-driven network of next gen philanthropists who give their time, money, skills, and connections to make an impact in the Bay Area. Our organizational partnership offers donors from both groups the chance to collaborate and learn from each other, discover new organizations, and building community.
We bring together partners, new and longstanding, from all corners of the community who strive to ensure equity and opportunity, so that everyone in the region can thrive. Join us, and let’s keep building.