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Strategy & Budget

Each fall, our team engages in a planning process to reflect on what we have learned, set goals and priorities, and establish a grantmaking budget.
 

2022 Strategic Direction

This year, we will stay the course with our regular grantmaking and continue with responsive grants focused on recovery from the pandemic. We also expect to use what we learn this year to chart a course for 2023 and beyond as we anticipate winding down responsive giving and refocusing on our core commitments to general operating support and capacity building. Our entire staff continues to explore principles of racial equity with a goal of sharpening how we examine, learn from, and adapt our grantmaking. To that end, we have also launched a new program area called Family Opportunity that builds upon some of our existing grantmaking in immigration and makes room for future work focused on expanding and sustaining equitable opportunities for families. In addition, we allocated time and budget to explore two new initiatives focused on community voice and mental health.

Past Years' Reports

This year was one of intense learning and growth. We established the foundation’s geographic reachand refined each giving area. The team spent considerable time in the field learning 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.

2016 Grant Data

Grants Paid
167

Unique Grantees
128

Payment Range
$2,500-$1,000,000

Average Grant Payment
$115,368

Grant Payments
$19,266,400

Payments

Strategy & Budget