Six community foundations in the San Francisco Bay Area have announced nearly $2 million in grants to meet emergency needs in the area. The California Endowment provided $600,000 to the effort, with the community foundations contributing the rest.
The donation from the Endowment was part of the $6.3 million it awarded to community foundations statewide in response to the drop-off in donations as a result of the September 11 terrorist attacks and the slowing economy. Many of the community foundations, in turn, matched the funds and awarded the money to nonprofits that provide safety-net services such as food, clothing, shelter, and medical care to area residents. The six community foundations participating in the program are the Peninsula Community Foundation, the Community Foundation Silicon Valley, the Marin Community Foundation, the East Bay Community Foundation, the Sonoma County Community Foundation, and the San Francisco Foundation.
"We are pleased to partner with the Bay Area community foundations to ensure that these local providers receive the funding they need so that there is no interruption in services to the community," said Alicia Lara, vice president of program at the Endowment.