• 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 […]

  • Restore Our Humanity

    “Imagine getting a call from your six-year-old niece. She’s crying and begging me to go get her. She says, ‘I promise I’ll behave, but please get me out of here. I’m all alone.’” – Aunt of a six-year-old girl taken from her parents at the border. Separating children from their families causes irreparable harm, including […]

  • In Remembrance of Mayor Ed Lee

    On behalf of The San Francisco Foundation’s board of trustees and staff, I wish to express our deep sadness at the passing of Mayor Ed Lee. We extend our condolences to his wife Anita, his two daughters, Brianna and Tania, and his family. As the city’s first elected Asian-American mayor and son of immigrants, Mayor […]

  • Defending DACA

    California is home to more than 200,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients who have contributed to our cultural vibrancy and the economic growth of our communities. They are part of the nearly 800,000 immigrants nationwide protected under the DACA program who live, work, and study in the United States. America is their home […]

  • This is Not the Time for Silence

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” This past weekend the nation witnessed white supremacists fueled by incredible hate and violence descend upon Charlottesville, Virginia. […]

  • We Stand United

    The Bay Area has a deep history of activism — of fighting for the rights of immigrants, women, people of color, and the LGBT community — and being active in civil rights, human rights, environmental justice, and the labor movement. On January 25, we were reminded of that activist spirit when Bay Area mayors issued […]

  • What History Tells Us

    I believe that history serves as a guide. History tells us that the passage of time does not make the situation better. It is what we do with that time that makes the difference. History tells us that the power of movements — from women’s suffrage to civil rights to marriage equality — can lead […]