The San Francisco Foundation Policy on Diversity

Diversity is a core value of The San Francisco Foundation. We define diversity as the range and variety of characteristics and beliefs of individuals that encompasses, but is not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, economic class, immigration status, and religious belief. We acknowledge that these categories can be fluid and we respect individual rights to self-identification and self-determination. The Foundation actively seeks to end discrimination, address the enduring negative effects of differential treatment, and promote access, inclusion, and equity.

We celebrate the diversity of the Bay Area as one of its greatest strengths. While respecting the uniqueness of each individual, we acknowledge that lasting transformative social change is accomplished through collective action and engagement of all.

Embracing diversity is essential to achieving excellence and effectiveness as a community foundation. In our efforts to build strong communities, foster civic leadership, and promote philanthropy, we:

  • fund and work with organizations that reflect the communities we serve
  • advocate for full participation of all people in philanthropy and service,
  • advocate with and for vulnerable communities,
  • support the development of indigenous and diverse community leaders,
  • maintain a diverse board and staff at all levels, and
  • partner with donors, public and private entities, and other foundations to increase the diversity of the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors

We focus deliberate attention and ongoing effort on creating a culture of access, inclusion, and equity in all aspects of our work.

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ Report on Diversity in Action

In July 2009, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors released its report entitled “Diversity in Action: Strategies with Impact.” This report highlights ideas, approaches, and programs from CEOs and trustees of foundations who have implemented solutions to ensure greater reach into diverse communities, including The San Francisco Foundation’s Multicultural Fellowship Program. With an aim to promote best practices, leaders share perspectives on both the rationale and the methods of their diversity strategies.