• Pushed Out: Displacement Today and Lasting Impacts

    “Pushed Out” is a short explainer video that helps paint a clearer picture of displacement and its long-term impact. It was produced through the collaboration of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank, the Urban Displacement Project at UC-Berkeley, and The San Francisco Foundation’s Great Communities Collaborative. Displacement is often a a misunderstood crisis, and there are a few key […]

  • Grantee Highlight: The Unity Council

    Once a month, we highlight a grantee that we have recently funded through our Equity Grants Program, which advances racial and economic inclusion in the Bay Area. Founded in 1964, The Unity Council (officially known as the Spanish Speaking Unity Council) is a non-profit devoted providing economic and educational opportunities to low-income communities. Located in […]

  • Meeting the New Superintendents

    On Wednesday, September 13, our donors, professional advisors, and partners gathered for a conversation with Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell and Dr. Vincent Matthews, new superintendents from Oakland and San Francisco Unified School Districts, respectively. Both are heading up the two biggest school districts in the Bay Area and addressing existing and recent challenges, such as the […]

  • Providing “Know Your Rights” Trainings in Uncertain Times

    When Sandy Valenciano was four years old, she and her family made an arduous journey to the US from Zacatecas, Mexico. Now 24, Sandy is still undocumented due to a broken immigration system in the US. While she has had temporary protection from deportation since 2012, under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, […]

  • Supporting Undocumented Students

    After the 2016 presidential election, the UC Berkeley Undocumented Student Program (USP) was overwhelmed with students who were in acute need of legal, mental, and emotional support. “The rhetoric around immigration has spiked to new highs of hatred, xenophobia, and vitriol,” says Meng So, USP’s director. “Our students and families are fighting to live with […]

  • Philanthropy Stands with Immigrants in Contra Costa County

    At a time when immigrants are being targeted by increasingly hostile federal policies, we commend the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, which voted unanimously today to authorize the county’s first-ever immigrant legal defense program. The community-led program, which will be operated by the county’s public defender’s office, follows similar programs that have recently launched […]

  • Bay Area Foundations Issue Grant to Support No Hate SF

    Activist Cleve Jones Creates Fund in Response to Hate Groups’ Bay Area Demonstrations This Weekend For Immediate Release Contact: Scott Walton Horizons Foundation 415.398.2333×112 San Francisco, August 25, 2017—The San Francisco Bay Area is known the world over as a region that chooses diversity, justice and love over division and hate. But a planned demonstration of […]

  • Providing Self-Defense for Activists in the Digital Age

    It’s pretty difficult to get onto Thenmozhi Soundararajan’s calendar these days. One recent appointment had to be rescheduled twice because Thenmozhi (pronounced Ten-mory), was working non-stop to help a Muslim organization deal with yet another attempt to hack their website. Thenmozhi is the founder of Equality Labs, a South Asian American technology collective of women, […]