2020 SFF AnnualReport - Page 31

he generosity of Bay Area residents is
what makes our work possible. From the
tireless work of nonprofit staff and leaders to
volunteer efforts and one-time or longstanding
donations, so many people across the region
want to make a difference here at home. We
use the expertise of foundation staff and our
nonprofit partners to help our donors achieve
their philanthropic goals. The following
initiatives have been established by our
donors and are supported by the expertise and
infrastructure of the San Francisco Foundation.
Youth Access to Nature
With leadership support from the Robert and
Kathryn Riddell Fund and additional donors,
San Francisco Foundation launched the Youth
Access to Nature Fund in 2016 with a simple
but powerful goal: to provide all young people,
whether Black, Brown, Asian, or white, with outdoor experiences in nature. Since its inception,
the fund has provided thousands of Bay Area
youth with the opportunity to engage in environmental education programs, explore nature, and
become stewards of our natural heritage.
Keep Oakland Housed
Keep Oakland Housed is a partnership between Bay Area Community Services, Catholic
Charities East Bay, East Bay Community Law
Center, the City of Oakland, and San Francisco
Foundation to help Oakland residents who face
the greatest risk of losing their homes. The
program provides a three-pronged emergency
response approach for residents: legal representation, financial assistance, and supportive
services to help them remain in their homes.
In 2019, the fund created Oakland Goes Outdoors, an initiative that provides every Oakland
middle school student with a transformative
experience in nature. As one of the nation’s
first district-wide school programs, Oakland
Goes Outdoors will serve 7,200 Oakland Unified
School District middle school students in 13
different schools over a three-year pilot period.
Young people of color explore the natural wonder
of the Bay Area as part of SFF’s Youth Access to
Nature program. Photo courtesy of Brothers on the
Rise, a foundation grantee.

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