East Bay Foundation on Aging

East Bay Foundation on Aging

The East Bay Foundation on Aging (EBFA), a supporting organization at The San Francisco Foundation, is a grantmaking partner committed to improving the lives of vulnerable seniors in Oakland. Founded in 2009 with the proceeds from the sale of the historic Matilda Brown Home for Elderly Women in Oakland, the East Bay Foundation on Aging seeks to improve and maintain the physical and emotional health of vulnerable older adults. In 2015-2016, EBFA granted $408,000 to the following organizations:


Alameda County Meals on Wheels Legal Assistance for Seniors
Alzheimer’s Services of the East Bay LIFE Eldercare, Inc.
Bay Area Community Services Mercy Brown Bag Program
Crisis Support Services of Alameda County ReCARES
DayBreak Adult Care Centers S.O.S. Meals on Wheels
Ethiopian Community and Cultural Center Senior Services Coalition of Alameda County
J-Sei St. Mary’s Center
Justice in Aging: Fighting Poverty Through Law Vietnamese American Community Center

of the East Bay

Goal and Objectives

EBFA is interested in supporting innovative projects that will result in improved systems or organizational operations and bring about improved services for seniors. The goal is to improve and maintain the physical and emotional health of older adults by supporting culturally competent programs that promote independence and provide services to seniors living in Oakland using the following objectives:


Objective One: Expand and strengthen services that promote aging in place.

  • Support safety net services, including food security, adult day services, and other social services for vulnerable seniors.
  • Support and strengthen organizations that offer training and support to caregivers, including nurses, family members, and home health workers.
  • Support and strengthen organizations that offer supportive services, such as transportation, shopping, meal preparation, housekeeping, and other services to maintain independence.
  • Support policy and advocacy efforts that improve service delivery and enhance coordination between the nonprofit and public sector.


Objective Two: Improve access to healthcare services for older adults.

  • Support access to healthcare services with an emphasis on chronic disease management that links medical care with health education, healthy eating, and physical activities.
  • Support and strengthen community-based organizations that provide access to an array of health and social services designed to improve health and well-being and reduce social isolation.


The Application Period is Now Closed

Grants are given to invited applicants only. Organizations have been selected for FY2016 grantmaking.

The grant period is from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016. Please check back in late summer 2016 for FY2017 applicant information.


Board Members

The FY 2015-2016 board roaster is as follows:

Lucinda Bazile, Lifelong Medical Micheal Pope, Alzheimer’s Services of the East Bay
Susan Frohlich, The San Francisco Foundation Margaret Sigurdson, Ladies Home Society
Jayne Haldane, Ladies’ Home Society Peter Szutu, retired
Maria Healey, The San Francisco Foundation Joann Sullivan, Realtor
Wendy Peterson, Senior Services Coalition Anne Warner-Reitz, retired


For more information, please contact:

Barbara Jwanouskos
Program Assistant, Community Health