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.

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.

By the Numbers

By the numbers for 2022

Click the sections below to learn more about us and our equity agenda.


Together with our donors, we have invested $2.9 billion in grants to create a Bay Area where everyone can thrive. Learn more about our Grantmaking to Advance Racial Equity.


We catalyzed and provided seed-funding for anchor organizations in the Bay Area, including:

  • African American Initiative at UC Berkeley (2018)
  • Asian Law Caucus (1974)
  • Bay Area Discovery Museum (1987)
  • BRIDGE Housing Corp. (1983)
  • Chinese American Community Foundation (2011)
  • Disability Rights Advocates (1993)
  • Getaround (formerly City CarShare, 2001)
  • Homeless Prenatal Program (1989)
  • KQED (1953)
  • Latino Community Foundation (2003)
  • Multicultural Center of Marin (formerly the Canal Welcome Center, 2000)
Civic Leadership and Advocacy

For more than 70 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.

Our recent advocacy wins, which we have achieved through deep partnerships with community leaders and organizations, include:

  • 2021: Funded California Domestic Worker Coalition (CDWC) as well as the majority of the Bay Area organizational members of the CDWC that developed worker leaders to build power and advocate for the passing of legislation requiring paid sick leave for domestic workers in San Francisco
  • 2021: SFF supported years of coalition work leading to Governor Newsom signing AB 1869 into law, making CA the first state in the nation to repeal administrative fees in the criminal system. The bill went into effect in 2021.
  • 2020: During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, SFF’s research and partnerships helped extend eviction moratoria in Contra Costa and San Mateo counties.
  • 2019: Worked across sectors to support the passage of 11 state-wide bills that will prevent homelessness, protect renters, preserve existing affordable housing, and produce a significant number of new affordable homes in the Bay Area.
  • 2018: Successfully supported the Schools & Communities First campaign to qualify for the 2020 California statewide ballot. Though the measure did not pass in 2020, we are highly encouraged by its close margin and continue to invest in mobilizing communities around policy measures that create a more equitable, inclusive Bay Area and state. 
  • 2018: Transformed 750 affordable homes as part of the Partnership for HOPE SF
  • 2017: Strengthened legal defense programs to protect tens of thousands of immigrants in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties.
  • 2016: Supported passage of six affordable housing measures throughout the Bay Area during the November election.
  • 2014: Helped win voter approval for California’s Proposition 47, which downgraded drug possession felonies to misdemeanors, helping to reduce barriers for hundreds of thousands of Californians.

Learn more about our Bay Area Leads Fund.


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

About SFF Accreditation

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

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