Resources to guide your giving

As an agent of philanthropy in the Bay Area, we aim to empower those who want to give back with resources to learn more and get involved in the issues you care about. Below you will find a range of contacts, resources and information to help you determine next steps for your giving.

Our Development and Donor Services team is here to help answer questions, share advice, and talk about your interests. We can conduct research and provide information on services and programs to support your charitable goals. Reach us at or call 415.733.8590.

Learning: Online Resources and Books

Equity-related Resources

  • Bay Area Equity Profile, produced by PolicyLink and USC’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, adds to the growing body of research that finds that greater economic and racial inclusion fosters stronger economic growth. Includes maps, charts and graphs.
  • Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.
  • The Weingart Foundation has published a list of equity-related resources and materials.
  • Social Justice Giving – white paper from National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy analyzes social justice philanthropy. “Families Funding Change” explores the trends in social justice grantmaking and makes the case that family funders are uniquely equipped to fund equitable, long-term systems change work.

Online Resources

From The San Francisco Foundation

General Information about Nonprofits


  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy is the newspaper of the nonprofit world. It covers virtually all the issues of the philanthropic sector on a biweekly basis. The website includes a searchable database.
  • NonProfit Times Online features the web version of major news and information resources on the nonprofit sector.
  • Philanthropy, a publication of the Philanthropy Roundtable, is an online publication The Philanthropy Roundtable, which happen across the country.
  • GOOD Magazine, the mission of which is to “stimulate the culture of good by creating dialogue around things that matter.”
  • Alliance magazine is the leading magazine for philanthropy and social investment worldwide. It provides news and analysis of what’s happening in the philanthropy and social investment sectors across the world.
  • Stanford Social Innovation Review is an award-winning magazine covering best strategies for nonprofits, foundations, and socially responsible businesses.


  • Foreign Policy Association was founded in 1918 by a group of concerned journalists and citizens. It serves as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding of, and providing informed opinions on global issues.
  • Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy is a national forum of business CEOs and chairpersons focused on encouraging corporate philanthropy.

Learning about Giving

  • Philanthropy University provides free online education to social change-makers working to make the world a better place.
  • Learning to Give is an educational initiative seeking to maintain and enhance a civil society by educating youth about philanthropy.


Overview of Giving  

Philanthropic Planning

Engaging Children in Philanthropy

Money and the Culture of Money

  • The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist
  • Money and the Meaning of Life by Jacob Needleman
  • Robin Hood Was Right, A Guide to Giving Your Money for Social Change by Chuck Collins, Pam Rogers & Joan P. Garne

Nonprofit Finance

Joining: Groups and Membership Organizations

Groups and Membership Organizations

  • Full Circle Fund is an active network of professionals who leverage their time, talent and connections to help nonprofit organizations launch new initiatives, make a greater impact and accelerate positive change in our community.
  • Northern California Grantmakers. NCG brings together the philanthropic community to learn about and act on issues they care about.
  • Environmental Grantmakers Association is a membership group of private foundations, community foundations, and individual philanthropists who promote effective environmental philanthropy by sharing knowledge, fostering debate, cultivating leadership, facilitating collaboration, and catalyzing action.
  • Bay Area Democracy Funders is a network of experts, funders and friends who identify and amplify the most valuable funding strategies and opportunities in the money in politics arena. The group is co-sponsored by the Funders Committee on Civic Participation Money in Politics Working Group.
  • Changemakers helps individuals connect their values to their giving in order to maximize community benefit. Through education, advocacy and public policy, Changemakers promotes engaged and effective strategies for giving that strengthen civil society.
  • Resource Generation offers a variety of programs for young people with wealth to explore how their financial resources relate to social justice and provide tools for them to take action.
  • Women’s Foundation of California offers six giving circles that focus on increasing the economic security of low-income women and families.
  • Council on Foundations is the professional association of community, corporate, family and private foundations across North America. Not every foundation belongs to it, but many do.
  • The Bay Area Justice Funders Network (BAJFN) is an alliance of funders working to help advance a justice agenda and strengthen grant making for social justice movements in the Bay Area and beyond.

Doing: Volunteer Organizations and Board Service

Volunteer Organizations

  • Hands On Bay Area is a nonprofit that connects you to “done in a day” volunteer projects for all of the wonderful causes in our community. All you have to do is sign-up and show up
  • Taproot partners with over 2,500 professionals to deliver pro bono services to over 500 nonprofits.
  • The Volunteer Center, serving San Francisco and San Mateo Counties, connects individuals, nonprofits and businesses with opportunities and resources needed to support local communities. The Volunteer Center is home to and, providing volunteer information and listings, and nonprofit board membership opportunities in your local community.
  • Catchafire makes it easy for talented professionals to give their skills to mission driven organizations in need.

Board Service

2017 Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

Please contact the organization directly to sign up. Activity is at organization’s office location unless otherwise indicated.

San Francisco

Homeless Prenatal Program
2500 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

  • Activity 1: Annual Thanksgiving grocery give-away. Pack turkeys, groceries, desserts for families. Children 12 years and older accompanied by an adult are welcome.
    Dates/Times: Monday, November 20, 2017 (anytime between 12:00 – 4:00 PM) or Tuesday, November 21, 2016 (anytime between 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Activity 2: Holiday Party for Families. Help set-up, serve a meal and assist with art projects. Children 15 years and older accompanied by an adult are welcome.
    Date/Time: Saturday, December 9, 2017, anytime between 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Location for this Activity: Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento St. (at Van Ness)
    Contact: Sharon Bechtol, ; (415) 546-6756 x 381

Hamilton Families
979 Bryant Street, San Francisco

  • Activity 1: Help organize Santa’s Workshop by sorting toys and preparing wrapping tables
    Date/Time: Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Activity 2: Help wrap holiday gifts for families the Hamilton Families participant wishlists
    Date/Time: Wednesday, December 7, 2017 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Activity 3: Help set-up and run the Shelter Program’s Holiday Party
    Date/Time: Friday, December 18, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Contact: Christina Alton ; (510)499-1378

Compass Family Services
Location: 1475 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (SOMA storage warehouse)

  • Activity: Help the Adopt-A-Family program. The program matches individuals with a family who is homeless or at risk of homelessness. Accept and process donations, like toys and gift cards and help distribute them to families. (Children ages 14 and up are welcome to volunteer)

Donor Drop-Off Days:
Thursday, December 14, 2017 — 9:00-12:00; 12:00-3:00; 2:00-5:00
Friday, December 15, 2017, — 9:00-12:00; 12:00-3:00; 3:00-6:00
Saturday, December 16, 2017 — 9:00-12:00; 12:00-3:00; 3:00-6:00

Family Pick-Up Days:
Monday, December 18, 2017 – 12:00-5:00
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 — 9:00-12:00; 12:00-3:00; 2:00-5:00
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 — 9:00-12:00; 12:00-3:00; 2:00-5:00
Thursday, December 21, 2017 – 10:00-1:00

Contact: Nancy Nguyen, ; (415) 644-0504 x 1112

Mission Neighborhood Health Center
240 Shotwell St., San Francisco, CA 94110

  • Activity: Annual children’s Christmas party. Help distribute toys and food to children in need.
    Date/Time: Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
    Contact: Soraya Urrutia, ; (415) 552-1013 x 2534

San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center
1757 Waller St., San Francisco, CA 94117

Activity: “Holiday Toy Store.” The Holiday Toy Store provides free toys, books and clothing to approximately 400 children each year. Help give San Francisco families a holiday season to remember by hosting a donation drive or volunteering at the store.’’

Donations Needed:
Monday, October 2, 2017 through Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Volunteers Needed:
Friday, December 15, 2017 through Saturday, December 16, 2017

Contact: Volunteer & Community Engagement Manager, (415) 213-7416

YWCA San Francisco
940 Powell St., San Francisco, CA 94108

  • Activity 1: Annual Residents Thanksgiving Dinner Service. Serve dinner and distribute gifts to the seniors who live in the YWCA Apartment building.
    Dates/Times: Friday, November 17, 2017, 4:30 – 6:00 PM
  • Activity 2: Annual Residents Christmas Dinner Service. Serve dinner and distribute gifts to the seniors who live in the YWCA Apartment building.
    Dates/Times: Thursday, December 21, 2017, 4:30 – 6:00 PM
    Contact: Lindsy Carpenter, ; (415) 531-5594

SF-Marin Food Bank
900 Pennsylvania Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94107

  • Activity: Working a shift in the food bank warehouse
    Date/Time: November 18, 2017, 9:00 am-12:00 pm, 12:30 pm- 3:30 pm; Dec. 2, 2017, 9:00 am- 12:00 pm; 12:30 pm- 3:30 pm
    Contact: Pete Dragon, 415-282-1907, x 274 or email


Alternative Family Services

401 Roland Way, Oakland, CA 94621

  • Activity 1: “Holiday Funtastics” – help foster youth enjoy a fun filled holiday event with their foster families and staff.
    Dates/Times: Friday, December 15, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. OR 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (set-up) and/or Saturday, December 16, 2017, 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. OR 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (event itself)
    Contact: Jennifer Harper, ; (510) 759-1271 

Girls Inc. of the Island City
1724 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501

  • Activity 1: Set-up for 41st Annual Children’s Holiday Sale
    Date/Time: Wednesday, November 29, 2017, set-up from 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Activity 2: 41st Annual Children’s Holiday Sale
    Date/Time: Thursday, November 30, 2017, set-up at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    The event is from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Contact: Marianne Sharon, ; 510-521-1743 x 225

SHELTER, Inc. of Contra Costa County
1333 Willow Pass Road Ste. 206 Concord CA 94520

  • Activity 1: Thanksgiving Food Box Assembly
    Date/Time: Saturday, November 18, 2017, 9am-12noon- sort food, assemble and fill boxes (limited to 10 volunteer spots)
    Contact: Theresita Gonzalez,


Homeward Bound of Marin
1385 N. Hamilton Parkway, Novato, CA 94949

  • Activity: Support low-income and formerly homeless residents in Marin
    Date/Time: Ongoing opportunities to help prep and serve meals, teach ESL and how to drive, childcare and organize a diaper drive.
    Contact: Andrea Rey, ; (415) 382-3363 x 212


Puente de la Costa Sur
620 North Street, Pescadero, CA 94060

  • Activity 1: Distributing cold weather items to farm workers, organizing items & serving food
    Date/Time: Sunday December 3, 2017 from 3:00PM to 7:00PM
  • Activity 2: The annual community holiday celebration!  Process with us between churches through the streets of Pescadero with the holy family, then stay for a celebration with food, toys and a visit from Santa!
    Date/Time: Friday, December 15, 2017 from 4:00PM to 10:00PM.
  • Activity 3: Enjoy a Christmas Eve meal with local farmworkers.
    Date/Time: Sunday, December 24, 2017 from 3:30PM to 7:00PM
    Location: Pescadero Community Church, 363 Stage Rd 94060

Contact: Lina Mira, Program Director, ; (650) 262-7080


The following organizations offer done-in-a-day volunteer opportunities with local nonprofits – connecting people and causes.

HandsOn Bay Area

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Volunteer Match

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