TSFF’s Community Leadership Awards Champions Bold Leaders at Celebration on October 7th

TSFF’s Community Leadership Awards Champions Bold Leaders at Celebration on October 7th

Four Local Leaders Recognized for Creating Opportunities for Financial Security and Preserving Cultural Programs in the Bay Area

(SAN FRANCISCO) – The San Francisco Foundation is championing leaders who are building opportunities for Bay Area communities to thrive, both today and for generations to come. Winners of the 2014 Community Leadership Awards – Headlands Center for the Arts, Linda Tillery, Luis Granados and Mission Asset Fund – will be recognized at a public event, Tuesday, October 7 for their outstanding contributions to the Bay Area community. Check out video trailers about each of this year’s winners and read more about this year’s awardees in the press announcement.

WHAT:  The San Francisco Foundation’s Community Leadership Awards

WHEN: Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 5:30-8:00p.m.
5:30p.m. Reception in the East Garden
7:00p.m. Awards Program in the Forum

WHERE: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
700 Howard St, San Francisco, CA

WHO: 2014 Community Leadership Awardees:

Headlands Center for the Arts (represented by Board Member, Chinaka Hodge)*: Preserving the arts, culture, and vibrancy of the Bay Area by supporting artists at pivotal points in their careers and engaging visitors in the creative process.
The San Francisco Foundation Community Choice Awardee

Linda Tillery: Bringing African diasporic music to Bay Area audiences as cultural healing for African American communities, and a connecting point for many others.
Helen Crocker Russell Awardee

Luis Granados: Launching innovative strategies that create greater equity and opportunity for low- to moderate- income Latino families in San Francisco, and spearheading the creation of the Mission Promise Neighborhood.
Robert C. Kirkwood Awardee

Mission Asset Fund (represented by CEO Jose Quinonez): Developing the Lending Circles social loan program that enables financially excluded members of our community to build financial capital and pathways to secure futures.
John R. May Awardee

Master/Mistress of Ceremonies:
Cedric Brown
, Managing Partner of the Kapor Center for Social Impact
Carolina Echeverria, Community & Public Affairs Manager of Univision

Performances by: John Santos Quintet, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, and Loco Bloco

Awards will be presented by:
José Cisneros
, Treasurer for the City and County of San Francisco
Deborah Cullinan
,Executive Director of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Belva Davis
,acclaimed journalist and TSFF CLA Committee member
Sam Ruiz
,Executive Director of Mission Neighborhood Centers and TSFF Koshland Committee member

Yvonne Koshland and David Friedman, family members of the late Daniel Koshland, founder of The San Francisco Foundation, will also present awards to the 2014 Koshland Young Leader Awardees: sff.org/kyla


The San Francisco Foundation Community Leadership Awards celebrates people who are rolling up their sleeves, taking initiative, and solving problems in their neighborhoods and communities. The Community Leadership Awards recognize individuals and organizations whose leadership has made a significant impact in their specific Bay Area communities. This work may confront societal or civic issues, address health or environmental concerns, or promote arts and humanities. sff.org/cla

The Koshland Young Leader Awards celebrate the next generation of leadership, recognizing outstanding San Francisco public high school juniors who are community leaders and thrive academically while having faced significant social and economic barriers. sff.org/kyla

The San Francisco Foundation (TSFF) is the community foundation serving the Bay Area since 1948, granting more than $808 million over the past ten years. Through the generosity and vision of our donors, both past and present, TSFF granted $86.8 million in fiscal year 2013. TSFF brings together donors and builds on community assets through grantmaking, leveraging, public policy, advocacy, and leadership development to make a greater impact in our community. By focusing on people, organizations, neighborhoods, and policy, advocacy and organizing, the Foundation addresses community needs in the areas of community health, education, arts and culture, community development, and the environment. In response to the economic downturn, TSFF is also focusing funding on safety net partners, job creation and training, and mortgage foreclosure relief and neighborhood preservation. sff.org