Visionary Bets

Before KQED became the community institution that hundreds of thousands of Bay Area residents tune into every day, it was one of a handful of public stations in the 1950s dedicated to public access to information. We took an early bet, and we were the first funder that helped turn an idea into an invaluable resource and fabric of  daily life in the region. For six decades, The San Francisco Foundation has taken risks to nurture the innovations, organizations, and programs that play vital roles in our community, such as the Trust for Public Land, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Bridge Housing. With steady, long-term support, these early bets paid off and continue to have deep impact in the areas of conservation, the arts, and affordable housing.

Impact: Nonprofit organizations that are Bay Area cornerstones, strengthening the health, environment, education, and arts and culture of our region.

Read more about our history of seeding innovative, risk-taking ideas in the Bay Area.