A Look Inside the College Futures Foundation’s Bay Area Giving

A Look Inside the College Futures Foundation’s Bay Area Giving

The College Futures Foundation is a Bay Area-based funder that looks at higher education needs throughout the state. Here’s what local grantseekers should know about this foundation’s current strategy.

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In California, a Grantmaker is Embracing Community-Led Efforts to Take on the Opioid Crisis

In California, a Grantmaker is Embracing Community-Led Efforts to Take on the Opioid Crisis

To fight opioid addiction, more funders are backing medication-assisted treatment programs. To the Sierra Health Foundation, the effectiveness of such efforts depends a lot on who’s at the table shaping how this work is done.

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An Early Corporate Leader in Funding LGBTQ Issues Marches On

An Early Corporate Leader in Funding LGBTQ Issues Marches On

The Levi Strauss Foundation, an early funder in the fight against HIV/AIDS, continues to step up in changing times, meeting a roll-back of hard fought gains in the areas of diversity and inclusion with expanded support for the trans community. 

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Eat. Learn. Play: A Closer Look at the New Foundation of an NBA Power Couple

Eat. Learn. Play: A Closer Look at the New Foundation of an NBA Power Couple

NBA superstar Stephen Curry and his wife Ayesha offer a case study of the new philanthropic energy in professional sports. Tapping serious wealth, they’re turning to giving early and also thinking strategically about collaboration and scale.

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How the Chenwu Foundation Approaches Grantmaking in the Bay Area

Dr. Fusen Chen’s foundation maintains a minimal web presence and is not particularly accessible to grantseekers. We dig deep to share some important insights about what this funder’s priorities are for grantmaking in Northern California.

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Inside the Helen Diller Family Foundation, Where an Heir to a Real Estate Empire Oversees Major Giving

Inside the Helen Diller Family Foundation, Where an Heir to a Real Estate Empire Oversees Major Giving

Jackie Safier leads a Bay Area foundation that’s now made over a billion dollars in grants. In a rare interview, the press-shy CEO talks about her goals and how she’s steered away from political controversy involving Israel and the far right.

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A Focus on Immigration: The Basics of the Chavez Family Foundation’s Bay Area Giving

A Focus on Immigration: The Basics of the Chavez Family Foundation’s Bay Area Giving

The Chavez Family Foundation is a San Francisco-based grantmaker that is often involved in immigration-related collaborations. Here's how local nonprofits in nine Bay Area counties can get involved with this funder.

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PayPal Gives: What a Silicon Valley Firm is Doing to Help Close the “Opportunity Divide”

PayPal Gives: What a Silicon Valley Firm is Doing to Help Close the “Opportunity Divide”

Like a lot of tech companies these days, PayPal is keen to help diverse young workers build STEM skills, get through college and connect to economic opportunity. So how is the company’s philanthropy playing out? We get an inside look.

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To Boost Low-Wage Workers, an Influential Funder Turns to Community Colleges

To Boost Low-Wage Workers, an Influential Funder Turns to Community Colleges

A few years back, the Irvine Foundation reorganized itself to empower California's low-income workers. The latest part of this work aims to rev up a key engine of economic mobility, California’s community colleges, as well as the California State University system.

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From a Tech Billionaire Couple, Millions to Find the Best Solutions to Homelessness

From a Tech Billionaire Couple, Millions to Find the Best Solutions to Homelessness

Putting $30 million into homelessness research won’t get people housed immediately. But with California poised for bolder action on this crisis, Marc and Lynne Benioff are looking to ensure that resources go to evidence-based solutions that will work.

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"All of the Tools in Our Tool Belt." A Community Foundation Steps Up its Impact Investing

"All of the Tools in Our Tool Belt." A Community Foundation Steps Up its Impact Investing

The momentum behind impact investing is being further fueled by a growing sense of urgency among funders up against large-scale equity challenges in top metro areas. The San Francisco Foundation is the latest funder looking to bring more cash to the fight.

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How Susan and Steve Chamberlin Support Education in the Bay Area

How Susan and Steve Chamberlin Support Education in the Bay Area

Thirteen years ago, this couple established the Chamberlin Family Foundation, a grantmaking entity that supports causes related to education and equity. They’ve also created a nonprofit called Education Matters that focuses on West Contra Costa.

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Here’s an Oil and Gold Pioneer That Northern California Nonprofits Should Know

Here’s an Oil and Gold Pioneer That Northern California Nonprofits Should Know

C.J. Berry made a fortune in gold and oil but never forgot the community. Now the C.J. Berry Foundation focuses grantmaking on the regions that made the founder rich. Here are facts about this funder that Northern California nonprofits should know.

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With Oceans in Grave Danger, Some Donors See Hope in Tech Solutions

With Oceans in Grave Danger, Some Donors See Hope in Tech Solutions

Salesforce founder Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne are among a growing number of philanthropists focused on ocean health. Like other Silicon Valley givers in this space, they see a role for tech—most recently getting behind an Ocean Solutions Accelerator.

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A Closer Look at CZI’s Growing Push for Equity in Silicon Valley Communities

A Closer Look at CZI’s Growing Push for Equity in Silicon Valley Communities

As philanthropists, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan have been best known for their big ambitions around biomedical research and education. But they’ve also been major donors in their home region, with CZI moving grants to dozens of local groups.

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Advocacy and More: Philanthropy’s Role in Two Big New Initiatives to Tackle the Housing Crisis

Advocacy and More: Philanthropy’s Role in Two Big New Initiatives to Tackle the Housing Crisis

Philanthropy is a small but important part of major projects in Seattle and the Bay Area aimed at ensuring more affordable housing and providing aid to the homeless. Where can grant dollars have the most impact in taking on these daunting challenges?

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