Community Leadership Awards

The San Francisco Foundation Community Leadership Awards honor visionary and dedicated leaders who are doing extraordinary work and addressing critical issues in the Bay Area. Select one of the four categories below to nominate a game-changing individual or organization, and we’ll invite them to apply.

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The San Francisco Foundation Community Leadership Awards (CLA) recognize Bay Area individuals and organizations that have demonstrated excellence in leadership through deep local understanding and outstanding initiative. The awards are designed to advance community-driven, innovative and sustainable solutions to critical issues facing the Bay Area. We hope that the award finalists will serve as new models to inform best practices and affirm and advance robust policies in the field.

Nomination Process
Nominations are vetted by Foundation staff and the Awards Committee, a panel of community leaders from throughout the Bay Area, which reviews nominees and recommends finalists to the Board of Trustees, which selects the winners.

The Innovation Award is a community choice award. The winner is selected via an open online nominations and voting process. TSFF looks to you to identify organizations doing important work in your community. Tell us who is making a difference in your community, then vote to select a winner. More details to come!

Winners are notified in the fall.


Please see our FAQ or contact Tolu Lawrence at with additional questions.

Past Community Leadership Award Winners

Since 1963, The San Francisco Foundation has awarded Bay Area leaders through our Community Leadership Awards.

The 2014 Community Leadership Awardees

The 2013 Community Leadership Awardees

The 2012 Community Leadership Awardees

2011 & Earlier