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 and marginalized seniors in Alameda County through grants to nonprofit organizations. Founded with the proceeds from the sale of the historic Matilda Brown Home for Elderly Women in Oakland, the East Bay Foundation on Aging is now entering its sixth year of grantmaking to East Bay organizations serving seniors with programs that promote aging in place and improve access to healthcare for older adults, as well as supporting caregivers, including nurses, family members, and home health workers.

In 2014, EBFA increased its grantmaking to $354,000, funding 12 organizations. 2014 grantees are:

  • Alameda County Meals on Wheels
  • Alzheimer’s Services of the East Bay
  • Bay Area Community Services
  • Crisis Support Services of Alameda County
  • DayBreak Adult Care Centers
  • J-Sei
  • S.O.S Meals on Wheels
  • Senior Helpline Services
  • Senior Services Coalition of Alameda County
  • St. Mary’s Center
  • Vietnamese American Community Center of the East Bay


As one of the fastest growing states in the nation, California is experiencing profound demographic shifts. Among these is a growing elderly population, increasingly diverse in ethnicity and income levels. In the Bay Area, people aged 60 and older make up an increasing portion of the total population. Even today, Bay Area residents are already older on average than people in other parts of the country. In addition, as the economy worsens, there is a growing number of urban elderly poor. California leads the nation with the most elders living in poverty. Approximately 400,000 Californians 65 and older live in poverty, the majority of who are women and people of color. Oakland, in Alameda County, has the largest population of impoverished seniors in the state. These trends, combined with increases in chronic illness, the need for long-term care, and a financially constrained healthcare system, underscore the critical need to address the impact of these changes on Bay Area communities and on nonprofits serving senior populations.

Goal and Objectives

Founded in 2009 with the proceeds from the sale of the Matilda Brown Home for Elderly Women in Oakland, the EBFA has assets of approximately $10 million and an annual grantmaking program for this year of $354,000. Northern California’s oldest nonprofit, The Ladies’ Home Society of Oakland, ran the Matilda Brown Home from 1928 to 2007. Due to financial, infrastructure, and emerging issues related to the changing demographics and needs of seniors, the Society sold the facility and created a grantmaking entity that will continue the legacy of service to seniors.

Goal: 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 Alameda County.

Grants will be considered for applicants that address this goal by focusing on one or more of 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.


Select organizations serving seniors in Alameda County have been invited to submit an application.

Call for Applications

Organizations invited to apply received information on January 5, 2015.


For more information regarding the East Bay Foundation on Aging, please contact Barbara Jwanouskos at bjwanouskos@sff.org.