Find Your Spark! 2023 Gala

By Giving List Staff   |   April 7, 2023

Join Friends of the Children Bay Area on Thursday, April 27, 2023 6:00-9:00PM for their Find Your Spark! 2023 Gala at the SF Design Center, 101 Henry Adams St, San Francisco. See you there!


Friends of the Children – SF Bay Area

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(510) 701-2250
Director of Development & Communications: Susan Corlett


Impacting generational change by empowering youth who are facing the greatest obstacles through relationships with professional mentors – 12+ years, no matter what.

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My mentor David has my back, and I have his back too. I used to be bad at math. Now I’m great because David gives me hard math problems and we challenge each other. I usually beat him. David taught me how to skateboard, too. At first I was scared, now David has to run to keep up with me!
Ronald, Age 8, Client

A Different Life Trajectory

Even with the deck stacked against them, most children enrolled with Friends of the Children – SF Bay Area (Friends-SF) break the generational cycle of poverty, graduate high school (83%), avoid the juvenile justice system (93%), avoid teen pregnancy (98%), and go on to college, full-time employment, or join the military (92%).  

“Those numbers show that youth in our program are on a very different life trajectory than they otherwise would have been,” says Tim Waters, executive director of Friends-SF.  

Friends-SF is committed to giving more children the opportunity to lead a rich, fulfilling life. Today, the organization has enough mentors for 125 kids, but by 2030 it plans to mentor 400 children, which will require hiring 40 more mentors. They have set a goal to raise $3 million this year to continue on the path toward that goal. You can help them do it!

Key Supporters

Cigna Foundation
Jason & Sarah DiLullo
Rene Durazzo & Pat Christen
Gilead Foundation
House Family Foundation
Kaiser Permanente
Qatalyst Group
Quest Foundation
Helen Hilton Raiser
Arthur Rock & Toni Rembe Rock
San Francisco Foundation
MacKenzie Scott
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Su/Lin Family Fund
Abhi Talwalkar & Hang Phan