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2016 Reflections and Learnings

The foundation’s first complete year of grantmaking was one of intense learning and growth. We established the foundation’s geographic reach and refined each giving area. The team spent considerable time in the field to learn about the needs of communities and the providers serving families. We also spent time getting to know the other foundations that share our vision for a vibrant, diverse, and safe Bay Area. We were surprised by the limited philanthropic support in some communities, and noticed how the uneven distribution of services within each county made access difficult for many families. We started shaping our approach to grantmaking, testing different grant sizes, and working to balance our belief in supporting grantees with long-term, flexible funding with our desire to be responsive to community needs. These observations, along with many others, have informed our strategies across the portfolio for the coming year.


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2016 Payments