About Us

About Us

Founded in 1948, the San Francisco Foundation is one of the nation’s largest community foundations — a grantmaking public charity dedicated to improving life within a specific local region.


Our mission is to mobilize resources and act as a catalyst for change to build strong communities, foster civic leadership, and promote philanthropy in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Equity Agenda

Together with community leaders, nonprofits, and donors, we are committed to advancing racial equity and economic inclusion to ensure that everyone in the Bay Area has a chance to get a good job, live in a safe and affordable home, and have a strong political voice. Learn more about the ways we focus on equity agenda through our work.

By the Numbers

By the Numbers

Our 2023 Annual Report

Read our 2023 Annual Report: Coming Back Together

annual report 2023 coming back together

Our History

Over 75 years, our foundation has been a leading philanthropic voice and funder in key social justice campaigns and movements in the Bay Area and around the state. Together with our donors and public-private partnerships, we’ve leveraged our voice and our funding dollars at critical moments. From sustaining community health during the AIDS epidemic, to lifting immigrant, LGBTQ and disability rights, our commitment to equity has never wavered.

Seventy-five years after SFF’s founding, we look back on our unwavering commitment to social justice in the Bay Area. Explore our stories and milestones.


San Francisco Foundation is a Community Accredited Foundation with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations accreditation program.

About SFF Accreditation

San Francisco Foundation is a member of the League of California Community Foundations.

San Francisco Foundation has earned a consecutive 4-star rating by Charity Navigator for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

San Francisco Foundation has earned a earned a Candid Platinum Seal of Transparency on GuideStar for demonstrating a commitment to transparency.