The Marini Family Trust operates as a family foundation and carries out the legacy of Frank Marini, a prominent San Franciscan and philanthropist. Here’s how Bay Area groups can approach this funder for support.
The tech giant has hit rocky terrain of late, but the company’s philanthropy continues to move millions. Its Catalyst Fund is supporting Black-led nonprofits promoting leadership and job skills for young people of color.
Sergey Brin’s foundation has nearly $5 billion in assets and a portfolio spanning Parkinson’s disease, science and activism. It’s not known for transparency, but we do know a fair amount about what it supports and why.
Here’s an overview of how the Margoes Foundation approaches grantmaking in Northern California, with a focus on two specific funding niches.
Gary and Gail Marino created their own family foundation after being inspired by their daughter, who was born with Down syndrome. Here are a few things to know about the Marino Family Charitable Foundation’s California giving.
Dedicated California funders are helping to design the future of aging in America by boosting new ideas, nudging along state leaders, contributing to good policy, and more.
An iconic LGBTQ community funder, the Bay Area-based Horizons Foundation has spent decades building up the grassroots. Today, though it’s still modest in size, its impact extends to the national and international stage.
Founded by a tech sector veteran, the LS Foundation prioritizes the Bay Area and has a few different interests that it focuses on. Here is some information about this funder and its Bay Area support.
With deep roots in San Francisco, Richard Levin is a Bay Area millionaire who has been quietly involved in philanthropy for many years. Here are a few things to know about the foundation he created with his wife, Emily.
Salesforce’s latest round of education funding zeroes in on mental health and resilient schools. It’s praiseworthy support, but begs the question: why is so much private backing for public schools even necessary?
A market boom and billions from venture capitalist Michael Moritz have catapulted Crankstart into one of the nation’s biggest grantmakers. Here’s where the money’s headed and who’s calling the shots.
San Francisco’s Metta Fund works to improve health outcomes of older adults in underserved communities. The grantmaker is doing a lot of forward-thinking funding around racial equity, trust-based giving and reframing aging.
The LaureL Foundation has shifted some of its focus and become more accessible to Northern California grantseekers. Here’s an update with what you need to know about this grantmaker.
Thanks to a $20 million gift from MacKenzie Scott, United Way Bay Area is expanding its housing justice work. It’s one example of how the mega-donor’s unrestricted funding is being used to tackle a pressing regional need.
A new direct giving program aims to close the wealth gap for local artists, or at least cover supplies, with a guaranteed $1,000 a month. The cash has a surprisingly large impact, with some artists even giving a portion away.
The restaurant business is known for slim profits, hard work and low pay. Through a partnership with a foundation and a funding collaborative, Oakland Bloom is one of many organizations seeking a better way.
The Laura and Gary Lauder Family Venture Philanthropy Fund has existed since 1995. Here are some details about Laura Lauder’s approach to philanthropy to guide grantseekers in the Bay Area.
Democracy in America is in a precarious state, and local elections are just as vulnerable to monied interests. Guest authors Raúl Macías and Tiffany Mendoza offer a creative solution that can help level the playing field.
The Jean & E. Floyd Kvamme Foundation has been around since the early 1990s. Here's a brief look at the foundation’s grantmaking and its local commitment in Northern California.
Leading the nation’s largest community foundation, and as the first Black woman in the role, Nicole Taylor has made equity a lodestar. Here, she weighs in on SVCF’s all-woman executive team, 2020’s challenges, and more.
The Northern California philanthropic ecosystem is extremely wealthy and extremely varied, with funders addressing pressing challenges like climate change and housing alongside philanthropic mainstays like education.
In our latest funder spotlight, we look at the origins of the James Irvine Foundation and how it’s harnessing a hefty endowment to empower California’s low-income workers, including by getting behind the labor movement.
A new report highlights five shifts funders can make to more effectively combat inequality. Though it’s geared toward giving in the Bay Area, its advice rings true for philanthropists across the nation.
A small but rising number of foundations in California make annual contributions to the Native people whose traditional territory they work on. It’s a powerful form of reparative giving that’s popping up all over the country.
Their family’s fortune is estimated at nearly $6 billion, and their philanthropy is starting to accelerate. Here’s what John and Timi Sobrato have to say about what drives their giving, the Giving Pledge, DAFs, and more.
Based in the Bay Area, the Peninsula Latina Giving Circle is taking on the negative impacts of COVID and other stressors by funding Latino organizations close to home. Its founder sees it as a way to democratize philanthropy.
Jared Kushner’s younger brother Josh is an investor and a Democrat married to supermodel Karlie Kloss. The young couple are starting to engage in philanthropy. Here’s a rundown of what they’ve supported so far.
Northern California’s charities face a set of unique challenges, made all the more difficult by the ongoing pandemic. We spoke with several fundraisers in the region to see how they have fared in tough times.
Even before the pandemic, California had around 28% of the nation’s homeless population. Here’s how five Golden State funders are approaching a problem that continues to stymie philanthropy.