We are committed to ensuring that all people in the Bay Area are economically secure, rooted in vibrant communities and civically engaged. We envision a Bay Area where everyone is able to make ends meet and plan for their future, where culture and difference are celebrated, and where they are able to lift their voices to shape community policies that meet their needs and interests.
Our holistic approach to equity includes grant funding, advocacy and leadership, deep partnerships and donor engagement. We are proud to share some of our key accomplishments that our partners helped make possible.
Together with our donors, we have invested $2.5 billion in grants to create a Bay Area where everyone can thrive.
Catalyzed and provided seed-funding for anchor organizations in the Bay Area, including:
- African American Initiative at UC Berkeley (2018)
- Asian Law Caucus (1974)
- Bay Area Discovery Museum (1987)
- BRIDGE Housing Corp. (1983)
- Chinese American Community Foundation (2011)
- Disability Rights Advocates (1993)
- Getaround (formerly City CarShare, 2001)
- Homeless Prenatal Program (1989)
- KQED (1953)
- Latino Community Foundation (2003)
- Multicultural Center of Marin (formerly the Canal Welcome Center, 2000)
Civic Leadership and Advocacy
For more than 70 years, our foundation has been a leading philanthropic voice and funder in key social justice campaigns and movements in the Bay Area and around the state. Together with our donors and public-private partnerships, we’ve leveraged our voice and our funding dollars at critical moments. From sustaining community health during the AIDS epidemic, to lifting immigrant, LGBTQ and disability rights, our commitment to equity has never wavered. Our recent advocacy wins, which we have achieved through deep partnerships with community leaders and organizations, include:
- 2019: Worked across sectors to support the passage of 11 state-wide bills that will prevent homelessness, protect renters, preserve existing affordable housing, and produce a significant number of new affordable homes in the Bay Area.
- 2018: Successfully supported the Schools & Communities First campaign to qualify for the 2020 California statewide ballot. If passed, the commercial property tax reform measure will generate $11 billion annually for schools and community services.
- 2018: Transformed 750 affordable homes as part of the Partnership for HOPE SF
- 2017: Strengthened legal defense programs to protect tens of thousands of immigrants in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties.
- 2016: Supported passage of six affordable housing measures throughout the Bay Area during the November election.
- 2014: Helped win voter approval for California’s Proposition 47, which downgraded drug possession felonies to misdemeanors, helping to reduce barriers for hundreds of thousands of Californians.