PICO California Organizes Those Closest to the Pain to Improve Their Lives and Communities

Maria Venegas, a PICO California leader based in San Francisco, is an immigrant mother. Evicted twice during the pandemic, she […more…]

PICO California

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Executive Director: Joseph Tomás Mckellar


Our mission is to catalyze faith-based and spiritually-centered people power in California to create systemic change for the most vulnerable so that all Californians thrive.

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The San Francisco Foundation is committed to advancing racial equity and economic inclusion to ensure that everyone in the Bay Area has a chance to get a good job, live in a safe and affordable home, and have a strong political voice. People Improving Communities Through Organizing (PICO) California advances the cause of disadvantaged Californians by organizing for a moral economy, addressing systemic barriers to opportunity, and building multi-racial, multi-faith community power. We are proud to support the work of PICO California as they organize for a Bay Area and a state where opportunity and justice is available to all.
Judith Bell, Chief Impact Officer, San Francisco Foundation

Home is SACRED

PICO California is currently raising money for our statewide “Home Is Sacred” campaign. We are organizing Californians to protect renters against no-fault evictions and close loopholes, make it easier for faith and educational institutions to build affordable housing on their land, and ensure that formerly incarcerated Californians do not face unnecessary hurdles to safe and secure housing. Funding will help develop 5,000 new grassroots community leaders, contact 250,000 voters, and reach two million Californians online. Our priority legislation has the potential to impact over two million Californian families.

Key Supporters

Blue Shield of California Foundation
California Community Foundation
California Endowment
California Wellness Foundation
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Common Counsel Fund
Crankstart Foundation
East Bay Community Foundation
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
Hilton Foundation
James Irvine Foundation
Libra Foundation
McNulty Foundation
Meadow Fund
NEO Philanthropy
Rockefeller Family Fund
San Francisco Foundation
Silicon Valley Community
Susan Sandler Fund
Weingart Foundation