Awards Programs

Through our Awards Programs, we shine a light on extraordinary individuals and organizations that are diving in and doing the hard work that inspires us all, and together are improving the community we all live in.

Each year, thanks to the vision and generosity of our donors who created and endowed these awards with us, we honor people who are a testament to the incredible impact of strong leadership.

We invest in change in people and organizations because seeding new ideas that have the potential to break through seemingly intractable problems is crucial to making a greater impact. Our awardees represent a cross-section of Bay Area geographies, cultures, and innovations in service to social justice and change.

Art Awards

The San Francisco Foundation is proud to bestow artistic awards in literature, visual arts, and playwriting each year to artists who exemplify a commitment to the ever expanding notion of the essential role of art and artists in our world.

Community Leadership Awards

The San Francisco Foundation Community Leadership Awards celebrate visionary leaders doing extraordinary work to strengthen Bay Area communities. We honor leaders who, with courage, vision, compassion, discipline, and sheer love of community, devote themselves to turning obstacles into opportunities.

Koshland Young Leader Awards

The Koshland Young Leader Awards recognize the next generation of leadership in our community, providing a two-year award of $7,000 to outstanding San Francisco public high school juniors who balance extraordinary family, economic, and societal pressures with the discipline required for academic excellence, and the drive to succeed at community leadership.