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Join The San Francisco Foundation (TSFF) and be part of a larger community that is committed to building greater racial and economic equity in the region. TSFF is a place where individuals can invest in local communities, stay informed about racial and economic equity issues in the Bay Area, and connect with others who share your values of diversity, social justice and inclusion. We invite you to explore how you can GiveVolunteer, and Learn to achieve the greatest impact.


to support responsive grantmaking and TSFF’s effort to elevate its civic leadership voice in the region.

Rapid Response Fund for Movement Building– In late 2016, the Foundation launched its first Rapid Response Fund to make time-sensitive, one-time grants to organizations needing unanticipated, urgent support for work on the front lines of social justice.

Bay Area Leads– This campaign supports The San Francisco Foundation’s civic leadership activities and strategic initiatives to advance racial and economic equity in the Bay Area.

Donor Advised Funds –By establishing a Donor Advised Fund at a level of $10,000 or more at The San Francisco Foundation, a fund holder can make specific recommendations for grants to vital nonprofit organizations over time, while benefiting from an immediate tax-deduction.


to protect the civil rights and civil liberties of all Bay Area residents.

ACLU Foundation of Northern California – The ACLU works for the protection and advancement of civil liberties.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice– The Asian Law Caucus protects the human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees, including Arab, Muslim, South Asian and Middle Eastern community members.

Centro Legal de la Raza – Centro protects and advocates for the rights of immigrants and provides legal services to undocumented immigrants to help them gain legal status and fight deportation and family separation.

Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Chapter– CAIR promotes inclusion, enhances understanding of Islam, encourages dialogue, and protects the civil rights and liberties of American Muslims.

Transgender Law Center – Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.

GSA Network – GSA Network makes schools safer for students of all sexual orientations and gender identities by empowering youth activists and passing school policies that protect LGBTQ students.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America – One of the nation’sleading providers of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, and the nation’s largest provider of sex education.


to effectively nurture grassroots social movements, and the diverse leaders that lead them, to foster community and civic leadership.

Bay Rising – Regional coalition that focuses on policy change to improve the lives of low-income communities throughout the Bay Area region.

Black Alliance for Just Immigration – Led by Opal Tometi, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, BAJI educates and engages African American and black immigrant communities to advocate for immigration policies and justice.

California Immigrant Policy Center – CIPC advances inclusive policies that build a prosperous future for all Californians using policy analysis, advocacy and capacity building to unlock the power of immigrants in California.

Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity – engages people of diverse faiths in the movement for immigrant justice, and supports the needs of migrant youth and families.

Oakland Rising – educates and mobilizes Oakland residents to engage in organizing and voter engagement on the issues that most impact their lives.

San Francisco Rising –  is a new grassroots alliance that builds the political power of working class communities of color in San Francisco.


to help eligible immigrants become naturalized citizens of the United States.

San Francisco Pathways to Citizenship Initiative – Launched in partnership with TSFF, the initiative promotes citizenship and civic participation among San Francisco’s citizenship-eligible immigrants. The program is successful because of the general support of volunteers, interpreters, and legal professionals that assist with free naturalization workshops.

Connect with organizations and other innovative platforms to be in part of a larger social justice community.

Bay Resistance – A powerful new network prepared to share rapid response alerts to mobilize against threats to diverse communities in the Bay Area.

Courage Campaign – An online community powered by more than 1.3 million members to combine digital tools with grassroots community organizing. The campaign uses email, social media, petitions, offline events and data-driven outreach to educate public opinion, mobilize action, and hold our leaders accountable.

Indivisible Guide – A practical toolkit that demystifies congressional advocacy and encourages individuals to be civically engaged.

CREDO – CREDO has created a unique business that integrates consumer services with activism and philanthropy.

FWD.us – Started by key leaders in the tech community to promote policies to keep the United States and its citizens competitive in a global economy—including comprehensive immigration reform and education reform.

Learn how The San Francisco Foundation is advancing racial and economic equity in the region.

What History Tells Us – History tells us that no matter the outcomes of national and local elections, we must continue to work diligently to advance racial and economic equity.

Equity Agenda: People, Place and Power – Our challenge is to ensure that everyone can thrive and reach their full potential. This is not only a moral imperative, but it’s also an economic necessity.

An Equity Profile of San Francisco Bay Area – Produced by PolicyLink and PERE, the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at the University of Southern California, this study concludes that equitable growth is the path to sustained economic prosperity for the Bay Area.

For additional information on Giving, please contact the Donor Services team at donorservices@sff.org

For additional information on ‘Learn’ and ‘Volunteer and Mobilize’ opportunities, please contact Myra Chow at mchow@sff.org