Multicultural Fellowship Program

Celebrating, Connecting, and Advancing Bold Leaders

The San Francisco Foundation’s Multicultural Fellowship Program brings together the next generation of community leaders that embody the promise and passion to create an equitable Bay Area. The Program aims to increase diversity in the philanthropic, nonprofit, and public sectors, and it reflects our core values of investing in visionary, effective, and collaborative leaders who motivate others, drive change, and produce results for greater economic and racial equity in the Bay Area.

For over 30 years, the Fellowship Program has provided emerging, early-career professionals of color with a two-year program, which includes a cohort learning journey, individual coaching, mentorship, access to sector leaders, and opportunities to build a professional network. Each fellow gains dynamic hands-on leadership experience, builds skills, develops networks, and increased knowledge by working in one of our grantmaking teams and contributing to numerous projects across the Foundation.

Our Fellowship Alumni go on to serve as executive directors and development directors in nonprofits, program officers in foundations, public officials, and as professionals and academics who serve or work with nonprofits. To date, the Program has recognized, supported, and connected 80 Bay Area leaders from diverse backgrounds, organizations, and sectors.

“My experience during The San Francisco Foundation’s Multicultural Fellowship was influential in deepening my knowledge of the Bay Area, broadening my networks and perspective, and shaping my career path.  The exposure to the best thinking and best practices in the field, and the mentorship that I received from leaders within the Foundation were invaluable at that point in my career.” —Fred Blackwell, CEO, The San Francisco Foundation


We are currently recruiting for Multicultural Fellows within the Power and Place Pathways. To learn more, please see the Fellowship Job Announcement. The deadline to apply for the 2017 – 2019 Program is Monday, April 3 at 5:30 p.m. PST.

If you would like additional information, please listen to the recording or review the slides from our “Becoming a Multicultural Fellow at The San Francisco Foundation” webinar, which took place on March 28.  The timeline for the recruitment process is as follows:

  • April 3: Applications due by 5:00 pm PST
  • Early April: You will receive a call if we feel you could be a match
  • Late April to May: Advanced candidates will begin the interview process
  • Late May to early June: Final background and reference checks; offers extended
  • July 3: Ideal Fellowship start date

We realize that our team was unable to answer all of your questions on the Multicultural Fellowship. If you submitted your question via the chat or questions portion of the webinar, and it wasn’t answered during the webinar, you will receive a response directly by Friday, March 31.

If you have additional questions or need guidance in applying for the Fellowship, please email Farzana Serang at


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Multicultural Fellowship Program Staff

Multicultural Fellowship Officer


For more information about the Multicultural Fellowship Program at The San Francisco Foundation or to receive an Alumni Directory, please contact us at 415.733.8500 or