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For over 60 years, The San Francisco Foundation has recognized inspiring Bay Area leaders through our Community Leadership Awards. Past winners have included Michael Franti, Van Jones, Malcolm MargolinCarlos Santana, Alice Waters, and a slew of other local leaders.

Past CLA Awardees

We publicly affirm present achievements, seek to encourage further work on the part of the recipients, and hope to motivate others to follow their lead in service to Bay Area communities. Watch videos about the incredible lives and impact that our Community Leadership Awardees are having throughout our region.

Our nomination process has closed and all awardees, including the winner of our inaugural Community Choice Award, will be announced in September.

Award Package
Awards are $10,000 for individuals and $20,000 awards for organizations.

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. Winners are notified in the fall.


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Past Community Leadership Award Winners

The 2013 Community Leadership Awardees

The 2012 Community Leadership Awardees

The 2011 Community Leadership Awardees

The 2010 Community Leadership Awardees

The 2009 Community Leadership Awardees

The 2008 Community Leadership Awardees

2007 & Earlier Awardees