Public Policy & Civic Engagement
The San Francisco Foundation’s public policy agenda weaves through all of the work we do to support long-term change in the Bay Area. Support for public policy and advocacy is essential to achieving the Foundation’s social justice goals and to bridge the gaps of opportunity, access, inclusion, and equity. The laws and regulations that govern national, state, and local institutions have a profound impact on the health and the economic and social well being of individuals, communities, and the environment. In order to assure a representative voice in decision-making at all levels of government, the Public Policy and Civic Engagement Grantmaking Program provides resources to leaders, organizations, and communities engaged in social change through all the Foundation’s Program areas. The program also fosters long-term systems change through:
- Conducting research and analysis
- Developing policy options and advocacy capacity
- Developing strategic communications
- Supporting leadership and content expertise
- Convening key philanthropic, community, and government stakeholders
- Educating policymakers
- Supporting legal advocacy
In addition, the Public Policy and Civic Engagement Grantmaking Program supports a comprehensive approach to address California’s current tax and budget structure – a structure that has led to severe funding reductions for education, health, and other vital social services, and an erosion of public support for government. These reductions disproportionately impact low-income communities and communities of color and the institutions and nonprofits that provide these services.
In 2012, our policy strategies included grantmaking and convenings with organizations that tackled budget reform and educated, engaged, and mobilized voters. Our support of these organizations contributed to the passage of Prop 30 which has set California on a path towards temporary budgetary balance. Our continued approach is to improve the environment in which to consider increased revenue, improve governance, and promote a vibrant economy that ensures a more equitable distribution of wealth. Read more about our grantees.
We will invite a limited number of organizations to apply for these funds based on the services they provide to the Bay Area community. This is an invitation-only application.
How to Apply
Please note that is not an open call for applications. Only invited organizations may apply.
Grant funds will be awarded on a competitive basis to invited organizations. In order to be considered for funding, invited organizations must submit a full grant application and all of the requested materials through The San Francisco Foundation’s online grant application system, Grantee Center.