The San Francisco Foundation has announced grants totaling nearly $5.3 million in support of efforts to advance racial and economic inclusion in the Bay Area.
In the first round of funding under the equity agenda the foundation announced in June, forty-two grants were awarded in the focus areas of people, place, and power. The goal of the grants, said Judith Bell, vice president for programs at the foundation, "is to ensure that people have a job that pays a living wage, that they can live in a home they can afford in a vibrant neighborhood with easy access to public transit, and that we anchor our communities through strong social and political engagement."
Grant recipients in the "people" category include the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, which was awarded $112,265 in support of its advocacy and organizing work around criminal justice reform, and REDF, which will receive $150,000 to expand job opportunities and economic sustainability by strengthening social enterprises in the region. In the "place" category, recipients include the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California ($235,000), Oakland Citizens Committee for Urban Renewal ($150,000), and the Philanthropic Ventures Foundation ($70,000), all three of which are working to address the housing crisis in Alameda County. And in the "power" category grants were awarded to Mobilize the Immigrant Vote ($225,000) to strengthen the effectiveness, leadership, and organizing capacity of low-income immigrant and refugee communities, and the East Bay Asian Youth Center ($100,000) in support of a collaborative project aimed at boosting the voice, power, and influence of low-income communities of color.
"These grants represent our first steps to move our equity strategy forward, and they also highlight many of the issues that we care about and reflect our first best thinking about how to begin to take them on," said San Francisco Foundation CEO Fred Blackwell. "We look forward to working closely with our donors, fellow funders, local government officials, community leaders, the private sector, and of course our grantees as we seek to advance greater racial and economic inclusion across the Bay Area."
For a complete list of grant recipients, see the SFF website.