Initiatives

The following initiatives support the three interrelated pathways:

PEOPLE

Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative
The Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative (BAWFC), an Initiative of The San Francisco Foundation, is a nationally recognized collaborative led by local and national foundations to address the skills gap that leaves too many job-seekers and workers in poverty while employers are unable to meet needs for a skilled workforce. Launched in 2004, the BAWFC seeks to enhance economic competitiveness and reduce poverty by strengthening the ability of the workforce development system to meet the needs of employers and low-skilled adults.

Great Communities Collaborative
The Great Communities Collaborative (GCC), an Initiative of The San Francisco Foundation, works toward a future where mixed-income transit-oriented communities are central to a strong Bay Area. The San Francisco Foundation is proud to be a core partner of the Great Communities Collaborative, to ensure that the San Francisco Bay Area is made up of healthy, thriving neighborhoods that are affordable to all and linked to regional opportunities by a premier transit network.

Youth Access to Nature
Through the Robert and Kathryn Riddell Fund at The San Francisco Foundation, the Riddell family has provided hundreds of children in the Bay Area with the opportunity to engage in environmental education programs, explore natural areas across the region and become future stewards of our natural heritage. The family has enabled low-income children from underserved areas to see the ocean for the first time, visit the awe-inspiring redwoods, and get their hands dirty in the soil, thereby giving countless youth the life-changing experiences in nature that all children deserve.

PLACE

The Partnership for HOPE SF
Led by The San Francisco Foundation, Enterprise Community Partners, and the City and County of San Francisco, The Partnership for HOPE SF is a public-private partnership that takes an integrated approach to address generational poverty that has yet to be broken in the most distressed public housing in the Bayview, Potrero Hill, and Visitacion Valley neighborhoods of San Francisco.

POWER

FAITHS Program
The FAITHS (Foundation Alliance with Interfaith to Heal Society) program was founded in 1993 on the premise that congregations and other faith-based organizations are among philanthropy’s strongest partners in the effort to build strong, healthy, and equitable communities. Since its inception, FAITHS has built an interfaith network of more than 600 congregations, faith-based agencies, and community organizations that address critical community issues in the five Bay Area counties that The San Francisco Foundation serves (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo).

Koshland Program
In the spirit of Daniel Koshland’s life and works, the Koshland Civic Unity Program recognizes Bay Area grassroots risk-takers – those social innovators of bold spirit who accept the most stubborn neighborhood problems as a personal challenge and who work collaboratively to overcome them. In recognizing these individuals, the Koshland Committee of The San Francisco Foundation seeks to promote civic unity by building mutual respect among diverse people in the community and encouraging small, voluntary efforts to address neighborhood problems.

Multicultural Fellowship Program
It is essential to cultivate the next generation of community leaders to reflect the diversity of our region. In our Multicultural Fellowship Program, we select young professionals of color with the promise and passion to create significant social change. By working in our grantmaking teams and contributing to numerous projects across the Foundation, fellows gain dynamic hands-on leadership experience. Former fellows now serve as executive directors and development directors in nonprofits, as program officers in foundations, as government officials, and as professionals and academics who serve or work with nonprofits.

Rapid Response Fund for Movement Building
To build the political power and voice of low-income and people of color by providing resources to respond in a timely manner to unanticipated, but critical opportunities or challenges to advance racial and economic equity in the Bay Area.