The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need for a future where all people have jobs that come with fair wages and benefits, a future where everyone has a safe and affordable home, and a future where we all engage in developing policies that govern our lives. But we won’t get there with just hope. It will take the hard work of organizing, leading, and building this future together.
We have the opportunity to usher in this future. We can do better than business as usual. We can rebuild a Bay Area that centers equity and inclusion.
The San Francisco Foundation established the Bay Area Leads Fund to underwrite our leadership activities to create an equitable Bay Area. This past year, the fund supported our efforts to convene cross-sector decision makers to improve working conditions for low-wage workers, keep people in their homes, and harness the vibrancy of our diverse region. It enabled activities to engage people in the democratic process by hosting voter education forums and publishing voter guides. The fund also allowed us to produce valuable research revealing the pandemic’s inequitable impacts on different populations, and made possible our advocacy work to create systems that allow everyone in the Bay Area to thrive.
This work is made possible by the generous support of Bay Area Leads Fund donors, who in fiscal year 2021 donated nearly $580,000. Thank you for helping us make this work a reality. We invite you to take a look, below, at what we accomplished over the past year – a year that has been, in many ways, unlike any other. We look forward to seeing how we, together, will continue to double down on this work in the year to come.
Ophelia Basgal, Board Chair
Top photo credit: SFF CEO Fred Blackwell, in front of the Greenlining 360 Center in Oakland. The “AscenDance” mural was created in 2020 by the Community Rejuvenation Project. Photographed by Adriana Oyarzun in 2021.
Bay Area Leads Fund Spotlights
Bay Area Leads Fund – By the Numbers
Your contribution to the Bay Area Leads Fund will help us to build a more equitable Bay Area where everyone thrives. Here are some ways that you can give.
- Make a gift through your Donor Advised Fund at the San Francisco Foundation by entering “Bay Area Leads Fund” as the purpose.
- Make a gift online.
- Send a check payable to the San Francisco Foundation and specify “Bay Area Leads Fund” in the memo line of the check. To mail a donation, visit this page for our current P.O. Box address.
- Contact us to discuss contributions of other assets, such as securities.
For more information, please contact:
Karolo Aparicio, Annual Giving Officer
kaparicio[at]sff.org | (415) 635–3334
2021 Bay Area Leads Fund Donors
Ophelia B. Basgal
Eric and Cole Bellomo
Blue Shield of California
Jennifer Braun and Raymond J. Ryan Charitable Gift Fund
Brickyard Family Fund (C)
Corcoran Global Living
Council on Foundations
The Dayton Foundation
Lisa M. Erdberg and Dennis Gibbons
Meredith Shuey Etherington and Simon Etherington
Euphrat Family Fund
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Financial Architects Partners
Five Arts Fund
David Friedman and Paulette J. Meyer
Robert E. Friedman
Matthew John Frost
Otto and Rachel Guedelhoefer
Hearthill Family Foundation
David ibnAle and Mollie Ricker
Jasper Ridge Partners
Karla Free Jones
Douglas Elliott Koshland
Justina T Lai
Lawrence Livermore National Lab
Michael Levin and Lindsay Levin
Ling Woo Liu
Betsy and Edward McDermott
The Meeker Rom Family Foundation
John Robert Meloney
The Minneapolis Foundation
The Morgan Stanley GIFT Fund
MUFG Union Bank Foundation
National Association of Estate Planners & Councils
Ruben D. Orduña and Elizabeth Hill
Osterweis Capital Management, Inc.
Jeffrey M. Ostrum
Pinecrest Endowment Fund
RBC Global Asset Management
Realize CPA, LLP
Ian Duncan Robertson
Lew D. Serbin
Erica Sigal Philanthropic Fund
Abdi Soltani and Grace Kong
Sally and Justin R Steele
Sarah Stein and Michael Cohn Fund
Barry R. Taylor
David and Susan Tunnell
Susan G. West
Sheryl L. Wong and Robert R. Wong
Click above to expand the list of our 2021 Bay Area Leads Fund Donors.