2020 SFF AnnualReport - Page 38

Hewlett Foundation President Larry Kramer discusses the need to address the housing crisis in November 2019.
partner in the San Francisco Foundation.”
At the San Francisco Foundation, we are
using the vast majority of this funding to
make grants to support grassroots organizations in the community. We are also combining the various other tools at our disposal
— our donor community as well as advocacy
and community organizing — to help prevent
homelessness and provide affordable, stable
homes for thousands of families living with
the danger that they could lose their homes
or be forced from the region.
In the first year of this partnership, we distributed $5,915,000to 38 organizations that
are leading the way to preserve, protect, and
produce homes for people who need them
most. Central to that was the understanding
that the organizations that best serve the
community also reflect the communities they
serve. Of these grants, $3 million went to
organizations led by people of color, including
$1.2 million to 12 organizations with Black
executive directors.
As Fred Blackwell noted, “Hewlett has made
an enormous vote of confidence in our work,
and we are very excited to be putting it to good
use. This grant has already made us a stronger
organization better positioned to help us all
work together to achieve the kind of Bay Area
where we all feel like we belong.”
John Stewart – In Memoriam – 1934-2020
In 2020, we lost an extraordinary champion for our community, John Stewart. Those
of us who were lucky enough to know John were deeply inspired by his commitment
to ensuring that people had the opportunity to live in a safe, affordable home where
they truly felt that they belonged. John was a stalwart supporter of the San Francisco
community, serving on the boards of the National Cooperative Bank, Low Income
Investment Fund, Mercy Housing, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California,
Habitat for Humanity, and SPUR. He and his wife established the John and Gussie
Stewart Donor Advised Fund at the San Francisco Foundation in 2017, and we are
deeply grateful for the contribution he has made to the lives of so many people in our
community. As Fred Blackwell reflected, “John was giant in the Bay Area’s affordable
housing industry and always approached the work with humility, thoughtfulness, and a
kind heart. His passing leaves a gaping hole and a lasting legacy.”
2020 Annual Report

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