2020 SFF AnnualReport - Page 37

My dad. He experienced racism throughout
his life, and as soon as he was able to
give back, he did. He provided housing to
low-income families. He did it for the single
mothers out there who reminded him of his
mother and those who needed stability to
have a chance to get out of poverty.
How has San Francisco Foundation
supported your philanthropy?
San Francisco Foundation has been our
partner since 2012 when we asked the
Who do you consider to be a role model for
your giving?
foundation how we could use our money
to support Oakland’s arts community.
Their team assisted us in figuring out
the mechanisms to ensure our vision of
training creative entrepreneurs and giving
them access to studios could come to life.
This organization is called Zoo Labs. San
Francisco Foundation also partnered with
us in our initial thinking of giving cash to Bay
Area artists at the start of COVID-19. This
initiative is called Artists Now and is still
Hewlett Foundation: Partnering to Better
Serve the Bay Area
s a community foundation, we have been
at the center of grantmaking partnerships
with other donors, and increasingly, with
leading foundations. Our partnership with
Hewlett Foundation, which we announced
last year, is a shining example.
core operating support grant to the San Francisco Foundation, with a particular interest
in addressing the Bay Area’s housing crisis.
Hewlett Foundation followed that grant with
another $7.5 million grant in July of 2020,
signaling an ongoing partnership.
Over the course of 2019, the Hewlett
Foundation sought advice about how to best
use their foundation’s resources to improve
the lives of Bay Area residents. The answer
that Hewlett heard was that housing was the
region’s most pressing problem, and that the
San Francisco Foundation was leading the
way in finding solutions.
As Kramer noted in an event at the Commonwealth Club, “As the leader of a large philanthropy, I know how to find smart, committed
partners who care just as much as we at
Hewlett do about solving the most pressing
problems that face the public. And once
we find those partners, we give them the
support they need to do the important work
of building coalitions, bringing communities
together, and making progress on seemingly
intractable problems — like our region’s
housing challenge. We have found that
In November of 2019, Hewlett Foundation
president Larry Kramer announced that his
foundation could best serve the needs of the
people of this region by making a $7.5 million

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