75th Anniversary

75th Anniversary

During our 75th anniversary year, we celebrate the vibrant communities of our region. Join us to build a Bay Area where everyone thrives.

Our Story

Explore the stories from our past 75 years that have shaped SFF and the Bay Area and help us look ahead to our future.

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Fred Blackwell’s Equity Journey

Watch this animated video to see how San Francisco Foundation CEO Fred Blackwell reflects on how he first learned about racial equity and economic inclusion—riding his bike around Oakland.

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Our Milestones

1948

The San Francisco Foundation is officially inaugurated at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel.

1957

SFF begins providing grant support to families of people incarcerated at San Quentin Prison.

1982

SFF launches the Koshland Civic Unity Fellowship Program in memory of Daniel E. Koshland Sr., SFF founder and philanthropist.

1993

Recognizing the power of religious institutions in community organizing, SFF introduces the FAITHS initiative. Within two years, more than 700 congregations become part of the initiative, developing a faith-based action plan to help create an equitable Bay Area.

2006

SFF partners with Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy to create the Civic Engagement Fund for AMEMSA Communities.

2016

SFF introduces the Rapid Response Fund to provide quick turnaround funding to grassroots organizations addressing racial equity.

Photo courtesy of CURYJ, a Rapid Response Fund grantee

What’s New

We’re celebrating our anniversary all year long through stories, videos and more.

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