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Strategy & Budget

Each fall, our team engages in a participatory planning process that encompasses reflecting on our learning, goal setting and grantmaking budgeting.
 

2021 Strategic Direction

Our primary goal this year is to remain steady in our core grantmaking portfolios while continuing to respond to the ongoing public health and economic crisis. We anticipate continuing to provide significant COVID-19 responsive funding in addition to our core grantmaking budget. In addition, we have moved immigration, economic opportunity and portions of the housing advocacy grantmaking, previously strategic opportunities, into our core portfolio for 2021 and beyond.

Past Years' Reports

Our core portfolio remained steady in 2018. We explored several new areas of focus identified by partners in the community and allocated grant funding to support that work for the next several years. We made grants to support regional efforts to prepare for the 2020 Census so that all communities, particularly those that are hard to reach, are counted accurately. An accurate census count is critical because the population data collected are used to allocate millions of dollars in federal funding to support low-income families in the Bay Area. We also made deeper investments in housing to focus on regional policy and advocacy work. This is particularly exciting given some of the promising opportunities to address the housing crisis around the Bay Area. Our team continued to spend a lot of time in the field with our partners to deepen our understanding of how we can best support families with young children living in poverty. On a slightly different note, our team spent time articulating how the foundation’s work connects more broadly to the work of its sister philanthropic entities in Wildcard Giving: Acton Family Giving and Solidarity Giving.

2018 Grant Data

Grants Paid
317

Unique Grantees
264

Payment Range
$1,000-$500,000

Average Grant Payment
$77,221

Grant Payments
$24,479,150

Payments

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