The San Francisco Foundation Grants $5 Million to Cushion those Hardest Hit in the Recession

(SAN FRANCISCO) – Friday, December 31, 2010 – Dr. Sandra Hernández, CEO of The San Francisco Foundation, announced today $5 million in grants to Bay Area nonprofits in response to the recession. While market indicators signal a measured upswing in the economy, many people in the region continue to suffer residual effects. Informed by community input and a new strategic plan, The San Francisco Foundation identified three areas of focused funding for the next three years, beginning with the $5 million to be granted out immediately to nonprofit organizations that focus on:

• Safety Net Programs and Services

• Job Training and Creation; and

• Foreclosure Response and Neighborhood Preservation.

“This has been one of the most dramatic and disabling economic downturns in decades,” said Dr. Hernández. “We listened to our community and learned that it’s all about jobs, family stability, and the safety net. Through a targeted and streamlined grantmaking process, we are supporting 108 stalwart nonprofit organizations to help those hardest hit get back on their feet.”

The Safety Net Program addresses immediate needs of individuals and families who are most impacted by the economic recession and also sustains and strengthens the nonprofit safety net. $2,120,000 supports 50 organizations that are providing food, housing, financial and legal assistance, and supportive services for low-income and disadvantaged populations, particularly those in under-resourced neighborhoods. Additional support is given to domestic violence and mental health crisis services, given the upsurge in stress, depression, and domestic violence in direct relation to the challenging economic climate.

The Job Training and Creation Program expands training and employment opportunities that provide family sustaining wages and career advancement to low-income, low-skilled workers. $1,440,000 to 32 organizations that provide a pathway out of poverty by readying clients for current or future employment, increasing their self-sufficiency, and creating more jobs.

The Foreclosure Response and Neighborhood Preservation Program assists families facing foreclosure, helps to protect their assets, and stabilize the negative effects of foreclosed properties on neighborhoods. $1,220,000 supports 26 grantees providing foreclosure counseling, assisting with loan modifications, helping tenants who are displaced because of foreclosures, and buying, rehabilitating, and reselling foreclosed properties.

$220,000 in grants are pending and will be funded in the immediate future.

The following Bay Area nonprofit organizations will receive San Francisco Foundation grants:

Safety Net Program – $2,120,000 to 50 organizations

Supportive Services, including legal assistance, financial assistance, and social services
Allen Temple Health and Social Services Ministries
Bay Area Legal Aid
Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services
Berkeley Food and Housing Project
Catholic Charities CYO
Catholic Charities of the East Bay
Contra Costa Crisis Center
Crisis Support Services of Alameda County
Davis Street Family Resource Center
East Bay Community Law Center
Greater Richmond Interfaith Program
Homeless Prenatal Program
Monument Crisis Center
Puente de la Costa Sur
San Francisco Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Program
Street Level Health Project

Domestic Violence Services
A Safe Place
Building Futures with Women and Children
Center for Domestic Peace
Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse
Family Violence Law Center
La Casa de las Madres
Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments
San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center
STAND! Against Domestic Violence

Food Security
Alameda County Community Food Bank
California Association of Food Banks
Coastside Hope (formerly Coastside Opportunity Center)
Ecumenical Hunger Program
Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano
Glide Foundation
Hope 4 the Heart
Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa
Meals on Wheels of San Francisco
Open Heart Kitchen of Livermore, Inc.
Prescott-Joseph Center For Community Enhancement, Inc.
Project Open Hand
San Francisco Food Bank
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo
Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County
St. Anthony’s Foundation

Housing and Homeless Prevention
Abode Services
East Oakland Community Project
Emergency Shelter Program, Inc.
Hamilton Family Center
Homeward Bound of Marin
Saint Mary’s Center
Samaritan House
Shelter Network
Shelter, Inc. of Contra Costa County

Job Training and Creation – $1,440,000 to 32 organizations

Job Training
Allen Temple Housing & Economic Development Corporation
Arriba Juntos Center
Asian Neighborhood Design
Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay
Jewish Vocational Services
Marin City Community Development Corporation
Opportunity Junction
Richmond Works
San Francisco Conservation Corps
Solar Richmond
The Michael Chavez Center
Youth Employment Partnership, Inc

Job Creation
AnewAmerica Community Corporation
Brightline Defense Project
Canal Welcome Center
Congregations Organizing for Renewal
East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy
La Cocina
New Door Ventures
Opportunity Fund Northern California
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County
Supportive Housing Employment Collaborative
The Bread Project
Women’s Action to Gain Economic Security
Women’s Initiative

Job Training and Job Creation
Rising Sun Energy Center
Rubicon Programs, Inc.

Strengthening the Regional Workforce System
San Francisco Works
The Workforce Collaborative

Foreclosure Response and Neighborhood Preservation – $1,220,000 to 26 organizations

Housing Preservation and Foreclosure Response
Asian, Inc.
Community Housing Development Corp. of North Richmond
Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto
Consumer Credit Counseling of San Francisco
Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization
Eviction Defense Collaborative
Homeownership San Francisco
Housing and Economic Rights Advocates
Just Cause
Legal Aid of Marin
Mission Economic Development Agency
National Housing Law Project
San Francisco Housing Development Corp.
Spanish Speaking Unity Council of Alameda County, Inc.
Tenants Together
The Greenlining Institute
Urban Strategies Council

Neighborhood Stabilization and Innovation

California Reinvestment Coalition
Center for Responsible Lending
East Bay Community Recovery Project
Habitat for Humanity East Bay
Hallmark Community Solutions
HIP Housing
Neighborhood Housing Services (East Bay)
Northbay Family Homes
San Francisco Community Land Trust