San Francisco Foundation Announces Grantmaking Focus on Equity

San Francisco Foundation Announces Grantmaking Focus on Equity

The San Francisco Foundation has announced that it is adopting a new strategy designed to advance racial and economic inclusion in the Bay Area.

Outlined in a blog post by the foundation’s president and CEO, Fred Blackwell, the new strategy is in many ways a continuation of the foundation's original mission, which called for it "to improve the quality of life, promote greater equality of opportunity, and assist those in need or at risk in the San Francisco Bay Area." In his post, Blackwell noted that "this focus adds to the many ways that we partner with our donors to achieve their philanthropic goals. We will continue to work with our donors to make a meaningful difference on the issues that they care about most, and we will offer opportunities for partnership if they want to join with us in advancing racial and economic equity throughout the region."

Over the past year or so, a number of national and regional foundations, including the Ford, Rockefeller, MacArthur, and Heron foundations, have announced plans to revamp their grantmaking to address inequality in its many forms.

In the coming months, SFF will hold a series of community forums to learn more about how it can work with its partners and others to extend its new agenda across the region and secure racial and economic equity for all residents of the Bay Area.

"We need to make sure that everybody has the chance to be a part of the prosperity of our region, regardless of their race or what neighborhood they grew up in," Blackwell wrote. "Our challenge as a society is to ensure that everyone has a chance to succeed. This is not just a moral imperative, but it’s also an economic necessity. Our region cannot afford to continue to leave so many behind if we hope to achieve sustainable growth and prosperity."

"A Bold and Inclusive Vision for the Bay Area." San Francisco Foundation Blog Post 06/13/2016.