As part of its ongoing commitment to advancing racial and economic equity in the San Francisco Bay Area, The San Francisco Foundation announced today that it is making grants totaling $11.5 million to 140 Bay Area organizations. This is the largest combined grant announcement in the foundation’s history.
The Unity Council is one of the 140 recipients of this grant, under the Place Pathway category. For over 50 years, TUC has been committed to supporting low-income families to achieve economic and housing security, attain a quality education, and to live in safe, vibrant neighborhoods where they can thrive and be engaged. TUC uses a comprehensive approach for social, economic, and neighborhood development. In social development, the goals are to offer opportunities for high-quality education, preservation of culture and language, and critical social services. Serving residents from infancy to late adulthood, programs include early education and parenting programs, youth development programs, adult workforce training, small business support, and low-income senior services and housing.
The 2017 equity grants are the first in the foundation’s effort to open its grant making process by actively soliciting proposals from across the Bay Area’s nonprofit community. The foundation sought to strike a balance between ensuring that existing grantees have the resources they need to succeed and finding new organizations doing important work. Nearly one in three grants went to organizations that were new grantees of the foundation. These grantees are particularly focused on new areas of work for the foundation, including support for criminal justice reform and community safety.