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Focus Funders Program

Community Initiatives

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Strengthening Civic Space
  • Grant Amount $25,000
  • Grant Period April 1, 2005–July 31, 2006
  • Location Oakland, CA, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

Focus funds are grassroots philanthropies established by groups of people with common experiences and cultures, connected by shared charitable interests rather than geographical proximity. These publicly supported community funds both raise money and make grants by drawing on local leadership, networking and resources. Funding will enable the San Francisco Foundation Community Initiative Funds (SFFCIF) to convene a group to examine and discuss focus funds and their potential in the field of philanthropy. Participants will include ethnic and identity-fund leaders, involved community members and donors, and interested national funders. The goal of the meeting is to encourage participants to explore options for collaboration and to increase the interest of the philanthropic sector in the work of community-based philanthropies, both on their own terms and for their potential to serve as grassroots funding and program partners.The San Francisco Foundation created the SFFCIF in late 1996 to provide a vehicle for community efforts that are not incorporated as independent, nonprofit organizations.