Disaster Resilience

In June 2016, The San Francisco Foundation launched an ambitious new strategy to advance racial and economic equity across the Bay Area to ensure that everyone has a chance to get a good job, live in a safe and affordable home, can be part of a truly inclusive democracy, and can live in a community that provides real access to opportunity.

While our work on racial and economic equity will strengthen the resilience of Bay Area communities, we will exit disaster resilience as a discrete body of work at the end of this month.  Final grants to our partnering organizations will be made in June 2016.

The San Francisco Foundation developed the Disaster Resilience program in 2007, to strengthen both the Bay Area communities that would be disproportionately affected by disaster and the organizations and systems that serve them. We are proud of the support we have provided to nonprofits and intermediaries, and appreciated the partnership of our fellow funders, government agencies, and nonprofits working in this arena.

The project received financial support from three foundation partners – The California Endowment, Walter and Elise Haas Fund, and Y&H Soda Foundation – and made nearly $1.4 million in grants to the Bay Area nonprofit sector.

Over the course of the project, we bolstered the capacity of the nonprofit sector and the ability of more than 40 Bay Area organizations to recover operations and support their clients and communities in the aftermath of a catastrophic disaster. We also strengthened intermediaries and systems of support to vulnerable communities. Our unique, multi-faceted effort also raised the profile of nonprofit resilience and philanthropic readiness in the region.

If you have specific questions about the Disaster Resilience program please contact Foundation staff at vpprograms@sff.org.