New SF Foundation Grantmaking Program Launches to Strengthen Impact

Announcement from SF Foundation:

Dear Friend,

The San Francisco Foundation, as a community foundation, continually engages in listening and responding to community. This past year we did an intensive analysis and recalibration of our focus and processes. We seized this opportunity to respond to the dramatic shifts in our community due to the economic downturn, and to adapt ourselves to the myriad changes all around us; shrinking government resources, a streamlining nonprofit sector, and emerging trends in philanthropy, nationally and locally.

The theme we heard loud and clear throughout our listening campaign, and the theme that drives our new plan is that of impact. By narrowing our focus and deepening our investments, we aim to strengthen our impact in achieving social justice throughout all of our work; grantmaking, public policy, leadership development, sustainability in the nonprofit sector, and vitality in neighborhoods and communities. We are honored and humbled by the generous contributions of our family of donors, past and present, and we are committed to delivering impact with the investments they have entrusted to us.

Thank you for your input, insights, and advice in shaping the plan. Community input has been essential in informing and guiding our strategic plan over the past several months. We appreciate the diverse perspectives we received from our donors, grantees, funding partners, civic leaders, and key groups and individuals from the government and private sectors.

Thank you for your steadfast support and all that you do to help make the Bay Area a better place for us all.

Sincerely,

Sandra R. Hernández, M.D.
Chief Executive Officer

2010 Grantmaking

As we launch our 2010 Grantmaking Cycle, we are eager to share with you our priorities and strategies. These areas of focus are both for the near term in response to the economic downturn, and for the longer term to enhance our impact in community.

As a community foundation with social justice at our core, striving for the greater good is our driving force. As we adapt and respond to shifting community needs, we continue to build on our core Program strengths – expertise and leadership in Arts and Culture, Community Development, Community Health, Education, and the Environment. This grantmaking will be an Open Application Cycle beginning November 1, 2010.

In response to the economic downturn, and its collateral effects, we will provide focused funding by invitation only that targets safety net partners, jobs training and creation, and foreclosure response and neighborhood preservation for the next three years. Our strategy maximizes our collaborations with other funders, extraordinary nonprofit organizations, government, and the business sector to leverage the most impact. This invitation-only funding cycle launched Monday, October 11, 2010.

There are two Funds that will open in 2011, that are separate from our annual Open Application Cycle. Our Transitions Fund will support nonprofit organizations seeking support for mergers and acquisitions, shared-services, and other organizational transitions. The Immigration Integration Fund will promote the integration of immigrants into the civic and economic life of our region. More information will be available on www.sff.org in early 2011.

To increase our internal coordination and effectiveness, and thus our community impact, we hold an organizing principle based on our belief that meaningful change happens through people, organizations, neighborhoods, policy, advocacy, and organizing. This organizing principle serves as a backdrop for us as we vet, analyze, and coordinate our grantmaking for the greatest impact possible. To read more about these principles, click here.

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We encourage you to visit www.sff.org for complete information about our goals and objectives, as well as details about how to apply. You can also read Frequently Asked Questions here.

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