Each of our foundation clients has a unique perspective and specific areas of interest. Here, you can learn more about each foundation to determine if it is a good fit for your organization.
Click on a foundation name to the right for guidelines, annual reports, and board information.
Aroha Philanthropies is devoted to the transformative power of the arts and creativity, inspiring vitality in those over 55, joy in children and youth, and humanity in adults with mental illness.
Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation
The Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation funds projects within the areas of education, the arts, and wildlife conservation, promoting the welfare of children and animals, responding to the challenges of aging, and supporting victims of domestic violence, abuse, and neglect. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.
Crescent Porter Hale Foundation
Crescent Porter Hale Foundation supports organizations that are devoted to education in the fields of art and music; Catholic elementary and high schools; and organizations that lead towards improvement of the quality of life for the disadvantaged in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties. Agencies serving at-risk and minority youth, families, or the elderly are of particular interest.
The Atkinson Foundation is focused primarily in San Mateo County, California, supporting programs that serve children, youth, families, immigrants, the elderly and the ill, the disadvantaged, needy and homeless, the mentally and physically disabled, and those suffering from drug, alcohol or physical abuse. The Foundation also supports U.S. nonprofits providing assistance, support and training in Mexico and Central America for the sustainable development of water and food resources, economic initiatives, sanitation, nutrition, health education, and family planning.
AVERY-FULLER-WELCH CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION
Avery-Fuller-Welch Children's Foundation provides grants that allow low-income families with children in need of educational, psychological, and/or physical therapy to have access to those professional services. Grants are limited to services provided to residents of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties. All applications must be submitted by the service provider.
BELLA VISTA FOUNDATION
Bella Vista Foundation funds in the area of early childhood development in Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties, and ecosystem restoration projects in certain watersheds in California and Oregon. Applications for both program areas are accepted in the winter and summer.
The Bothin Foundation makes capital grants to social service, arts, and environmental nonprofit organizations providing direct services to disadvantaged children, youth, families, and the disabled; the foundation also supports schools exclusively serving children with learning differences. Grants are only made to organizations in San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, and San Mateo Counties. The foundation accepts proposals during specified submission windows in the fall, spring, and summer.
Cleo Foundation makes grants in education, outdoor education, and hospice care in the counties of San Francisco and Mendocino, and the Monterey peninsula and Seaside. The Cleo Foundation is not currently accepting grant requests. Please check the website for instructions.
The Gamble Foundation makes grants in academic or personal enrichment programs and agricultural/environmental education programs in San Francisco, Marin, and Napa counties. The foundation accepts proposals during specified submission dates in late-January/early-February.
WILLIAM G. GILMORE FOUNDATION
The William G. Gilmore Foundation supports community-based organizations, including educational institutions, cultural organizations, and health care organizations in San Francisco, Alameda, and San Mateo counties in California, and in Portland, Oregon.
WILLIAM K. BOWES, JR. FOUNDATION
The William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in several areas including (but not exclusively) medical research, access to college, the arts and higher education. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited letters of interest or unsolicited proposals. Grants are not made to individuals.
GGS Foundation makes grants in literacy, healthy living and substance abuse prevention, and vocational and workplace skills training for youth in San Francisco and Marin counties. The foundation accepts proposals in the spring and fall.
The Kimball Foundation makes grants in support of academic enrichment, vocational and workplace skill development, cultural enrichment, and environmental education serving disadvantaged youth in San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo, and Sonoma counties, and to a limited extent Santa Clara county, as far south as Palo Alto. Proposals are accepted during specified submission windows in the fall, spring, and late summer.
The Margoes Foundation makes grants in the San Francisco Bay Area with a primary focus on college-access and mental health programs. The foundation accepts proposals during specified submission dates in early spring and late summer.
THE W.L.S. SPENCER FOUNDATION
Spencer: The W.L.S. Spencer Foundation supports educational activities and publications associated with innovative art exhibitions, especially those focusing on contemporary Asian Art, and innovative programs that motivate children to do well academically and continue their education beyond high school. The foundation funds anywhere in the world, but only organizations with 501(c)(3) status in the U.S. Letters of inquiry are accepted on an ongoing basis.
Eva Gunther Foundation
The mission of the Eva Gunther Foundation is to support the physical, social, moral, intellectual, creative, spiritual, psychological and emotional growth of motivated girls age 11 through 18 who have a demonstrable financial need. The Foundation also supports collaboration, cooperation and communication between and among Bay Area girl serving organizations. It was founded to honor the life of Eva Gunther, killed by a drunk driver at age 12.
Sand Hill Foundation
The Sand Hill Foundation provides funding for promising and proven nonprofit organizations working to alleviate poverty, strengthen families and preserve the natural environment, with a primary focus in the San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula.
Morris Stulsaft Foundation
The Morris Stulsaft Foundation makes grants for programs serving children and youth in early childhood education, participation in the arts, support services for foster care youth, and employment programs in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties (except East Palo Alto).