Daniel E. Koshland built a reputation for practical, bold, and even risky philanthropy to improve the quality of life for Bay Area residents.
In the spirit of Daniel Koshland’s life and works, the Koshland Civic Unity Program recognizes Bay Area grassroots risk-takers – those social innovators of bold spirit who accept the most stubborn neighborhood problems as a personal challenge and who work collaboratively to overcome them. In recognizing these individuals, the Koshland Committee of The San Francisco Foundation seeks to promote civic unity by building mutual respect among diverse people in the community and encouraging small, voluntary efforts to address neighborhood problems.
Please note: As the foundation implements its equity strategy, we are taking a close look at our special programs, initiatives, and funding collaboratives. Please watch this space for information about the future direction of this work.
Through this program, the Koshland Committee hopes:
- To build the self-awareness and confidence needed for individuals to be creative and effective leaders in their neighborhoods
- To stimulate personal and professional growth among neighborhood leaders
- To increase understanding among different types of people within neighborhoods, and to promote the concept that nurturing these differences is a crucial element in solving neighborhood problems
Our model for neighborhood change and leadership development focuses on best practices and lessons learned over our twenty-nine years of work in the Bay Area. Read more about our Koshland Model.
Koshland Neighborhoods and Fellows
The Koshland Program currently works in the five neighborhoods of Jackson Triangle and Harder/Tennyson, Bay Point, Excelsior, San Pablo, and North Fair Oaks throughout the five Bay Area counties served by The San Francisco Foundation.
We partner with and build up the leadership of Bay Area grassroots risk-takers – social innovators who take on the most stubborn neighborhood problems and who work collaboratively to overcome them. Click the links below for more information on the neighborhoods and the brilliant leaders working in them.
Koshland Arts and Culture Mini-Grants Program
The San Francisco Foundation’s Koshland Arts and Culture Mini-Grants Program supports free, community-based artistic and cultural activities that strengthen local neighborhoods. Mini-grants ranging from $500 to $3,000 are provided through a collaboration between the Foundation’s Arts and Culture program and the Koshland Civic Unity Program. Read more.
Koshland Program Staff
For more information about the Koshland Program at The San Francisco Foundation, please contact us at 415.733.8500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.