• Acknowledging the elephant in the room: Race

    In the San Francisco Bay Area, we are often removed from explicitly racist debates and conflicts. But we see the violence in Charlottesville around confederate statues. We see white supremacist rallies being held in other parts of the country. And then we think, “That is what it looks like to have a race problem.” But […]

  • The Coliseum Professor

    Every day, Martin Velazquez uses Skype to chat with his two sons in Mexico. But keeping in touch wasn’t always so easy. Mr. Velazquez is a part-time janitor at the Oakland Coliseum who came to the US to support his family. He had little experience with computers and social media, which he knew would limit […]

  • Stockton Mayor Tubbs Joins Author Bob Friedman to Discuss Wealth Inequality

    Listen in as author Bob Friedman, a longtime leader in the field of asset-building is joined by Stockton Mayor Michael D. Tubbs to discuss Friedman’s latest book, A Few Thousand Dollars: Sparking Prosperity for Everyone. In this book, he presents a passionate and practical proposal to build nest eggs for all citizens without spending an […]

  • In Remembrance of Justice William Newsom

    On behalf of the San Francisco Foundation’s board of trustees and staff, we wish to express our condolences to the family of Justice William Newsom, father of Governor-elect Newsom. In remembrance of Justice Newsom, the family has created the Justice William Newsom Fund at the San Francisco Foundation. The family is requesting gifts to the fund […]

  • Who Gets to be an American?

    On November 25, as Americans wrapped up our Thanksgiving holiday weekend, we saw horrifying photos of refugees – including barefoot toddlers—running from tear gas that U.S. border protection agents had hurled across the San Diego-Tijuana border.  This attack on Central American migrants and their children seeking asylum is profoundly disturbing and counters our country’s founding […]

  • Donor Desk: Edward Rubin

    Tell us about yourself I came to San Francisco in 1980 to do a pediatric residency at UC San Francisco. While I began in clinical medicine, it was the scientific environment of the Bay Area that kept me here. From San Francisco, I moved to Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. There I directed […]

  • Standing Together in Love and Faith

    FAITHS (Foundation Alliance with Interfaith to Heal Society), a program founded by the San Francisco Foundation, has issued the following statement in response to the violent incidents across the country. We are living in real times where people are murdered for their religious beliefs and the color of their skin. We are faced with dehumanizing […]

  • Donor Desk: Steven Cohen

    The responses below represent the view of our donor, and not necessarily The San Francisco Foundation. How did you first get involved in philanthropy?  I like to think giving is in my blood through my parents, but I certainly became more serious about philanthropy when my mom—a “philanthro-activist” who started the Ploughshares Fund­—passed in 2006. […]