New Money

Philanthropy, incorporated for the public good, can and should make all its investments accordingly. In 2021, Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) introduced a bill to more tightly regulate donor-advised funds, commonly referred to as DAFs. While the Accelerating Charitable Giving (ACE) Act’s reforms were far from sweeping, the bill set off a bitter debate over who controls charitable funds: the donor or the public. The Act’s supporters plausibly argued that wealthy donors [...more...]

Evolving from ‘Checkbook Philanthropy’ to Community Collaboration

When Susan Hirsch started Hirsch Philanthropy Partners in San Francisco in 1999, the field of philanthropic advising was nascent.  As one of the nation’s first philanthropic advising firms, Hirsch set out to change the game [...more...]

 

Giving List Matching Challenges

 

Youth Development

Turning Foster Care Into an ‘Engine of Opportunity’ John Burton Advocates for Youth

In 2018, a few months after Elizabeth Clews exited the foster care system at 18 years old, she was pregnant […more…]

For the Love of Soccer San Francisco Youth Soccer

In Scotty Kober’s eyes, soccer is the most versatile sport in the world. Anywhere, anytime, anyone can play – all […more…]

An Exceptional Place Where Exceptional People Can Be Themselves Camping Unlimited for the Developmentally Disabled

After emigrating from Bulgaria in 1928, Alexander Angel Krem graduated from George Williams College in Chicago with a degree in […more…]

The Arts

Youth Speaks Amplifies the Narrative Power of a New Generation Youth Speaks

Co-founder of the only tech news website for Black millennials; head writer for Disney+’s upcoming superhero series starring a Black […more…]

Helping Underserved Students Thrive Through Arts Classes That Reflect Their Reality Yeah, Art!

“You can’t be what you can’t see.” This quote from civil rights activist Marian Wright Edelman is the guiding force […more…]

An Inclusive Community Asset Marin Art and Garden Center

The Marin Art and Garden Center was established in 1945 through the foresight of a group of local women who […more…]

Social Justice

Join YLC for the 2022 virtual Unsung Heroes celebration! Youth Law Center

Please join us for the first virtual Unsung Heroes event on Thursday, December 8th, 2022 from 3-4:30pm PST. We will be celebrating […more…]

Welcoming the Stranger: Helping Refugees Build a New Life Jewish Family and Community Services East Bay

Every week, JFCS East Bay resettles three to four refugee families, the majority of whom have been arriving from Afghanistan […more…]

Changing How We Think About Poverty Community Action Marin

Despite being one of the wealthiest counties in the country, Marin County is one of the least racially equitable in […more…]

Public Square

The Social Sector’s Preeminent Source of News and Knowledge Stanford Social Innovation Review

The year was 2003, and the philanthropic sector was going through a period of significant evolution. Every day, new technologies […more…]

Supporting Local Journalism and Empowering Our Collective Social Health San Francisco Public Press

The San Francisco Public Press wants you to know two things: the truth behind the major problems afflicting the Bay […more…]

Battery Powered Makes Collective Giving Easier (and More Fun) for Bay Area Philanthropists Battery Powered

When tech entrepreneurs Michael and Xochi Birch launched a private social club, dubbed The Battery, in San Francisco almost a […more…]

Homelessness and Housing

A Second Chance for Formerly Incarcerated Battered Women Five Keys Home Free

As a kid, Nilda Palacios was sexually abused at home and at school. She tried to escape into a relationship, […more…]

Personalized Family-Centered Solutions to Homelessness Raphael House

Support doesn’t end when you leave Raphael House, a long-term family shelter with a legacy of breaking barriers in Lower […more…]

Turntable Won’t Stop Until Young People Find Their Safe Place Turntable

Robynne Jeisman simply wants young people to find a safe place where they feel like they truly belong. As the […more…]

Health

One Goal: Prevent Cancer RUNX1 Research Program 

Despite living with RUNX1 familial platelet disorder (RUNX1-FPD), Tim Babich lived a happy life with his wife, Monica. After the […more…]

Providing Healthcare to the World’s Most Vulnerable Communities World Telehealth Initiative

Esperanza was 19 years old and living in Malawi when she faced a serious health crisis. While giving birth to […more…]

Changing Lives Through the Power of Horses, Hope, and Healing National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

Founded in 1971 and nestled on 12 acres in Woodside, the National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy (NCEFT) is internationally […more…]

Fostering Care

Helping Foster Care Survivors ‘Weather the Storms’ A Home Within

Anthony Pico was homeless, unemployed, and had aged out of the foster care system when he started seeing a therapist […more…]

Razing the Bar: Turning Institutions Into Family Razing the Bar

At 18, after a youth spent in foster care, homeless shelters, and other county institutions, Dontae Lartigue rolled up his […more…]

Family Well-Being

Access to Diapers Should be a Right, Not a Privilege Help a Mother Out

The San Francisco Bay Area is an exceptional place to live and raise a family. But it shouldn’t be just […more…]

#Black Mental Health Matters Rafiki Coalition for Health and Wellness

Dr. Monique LeSarre wakes up in the middle of the night, over and over again, with the same thought: “I […more…]

Environment

Helping People Grasp Interconnectedness The Continuum Foundation

The Continuum Foundation, a two-year-old nonprofit with big ambitions, is developing a completely sustainable and regenerative retreat center on 30 […more…]

Civil Eats TV Spotlights the Inspiring Stories of Women – the Backbone of the Nation’s Food System Civil Eats

Doria Robinson grew up in a tough neighborhood in Richmond, California. Liquor stores and fast food restaurants lined almost every […more…]

Mercy Center Burlingame: Retreat and Conference Center Mercy Center Burlingame

Mercy Center in Burlingame has been a spiritual oasis for the last four decades, a place of healing and transformation. […more…]

Emergency Services

 Global Aid in Time of Global Crisis Direct Relief

In 1945, William Zimdin, an Estonian immigrant who had fled fascism to California, dedicated his fortune to sending relief parcels […more…]

From the Tragedy of the Oklahoma City Bombing Was Born a Human-canine Bond That Relentlessly Saves Lives National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

When two children got lost during a hike in rural New York with oncoming rain commingling with the darkening night, […more…]

Education

Helping First-Generation Students to & Through College Across the Bay 10,000 Degrees

Believe. Partner. Connect. These three values animate the work of 10,000 Degrees, a uniquely successful Bay Area organization supporting students […more…]

More than Success, Students Rising Above is Giving Young People Lives of Fulfillment Students Rising Above

For 24 years, Students Rising Above (SRA) has helped thousands of students facing poverty and systemic barriers achieve success. “We […more…]

Saying Yes to Students Who Need a Supportive School Community Dunn School

“Ne Tentes Aut Perfice.”  This is the Latin motto that students and faculty at Dunn School, a private co-ed college […more…]

Community Resilience

Building Pathways to Prosperity United Way Bay Area

The American Dream tells us that with enough grit and determination, anyone can pull themselves up by their bootstraps and […more…]

Healing Trauma with Refugee Youth Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants

Kanley Souet-Pich was familiar with the struggles of refugees as a young mother living in Oakland in 2019. Born in […more…]

Urban Alchemy Practitioners Heal San Francisco’s Troubled Streets  Urban Alchemy

Ian, a former prison inmate paroled on the streets of San Francisco, knows how to do a tough day’s work. […more…]

Advocacy

A Second Chance for Formerly Incarcerated Battered Women Five Keys Home Free

As a kid, Nilda Palacios was sexually abused at home and at school. She tried to escape into a relationship, […more…]

Protect Your Kids, Invest in Brady Brady | United Against Gun Violence

In contemplating the scope and destruction wrought by gun violence, it is understandable to despair. But inaction won’t save your […more…]

For Young Women and Girls, Community Is Power Alliance for Girls

Young women in the world often find themselves in perpetual combat with a system that has historically silenced and oppressed […more…]