Other Bay Area Funders

Highlighting our Oakland and greater Bay Area funding partners

In the spirit of improving communities across the Bay Area, we have compiled the following list of other funders whose grant making priorities cross a broad spectrum. We welcome you to share updates on the funders listed below and/or provide the name of additional funders. The funders can be sorted by focus area(s), please refer to the specific funder’s website for the most up to date information.

Akonadi Foundation

Akonadi Foundation’s mission is to support the development of powerful social change movements to eliminate structural racism and create a racially just society.

Accepting new applicants: Yes   |   Accepting letters of inquiry: Yes
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Amgen Foundation

The Amgen Foundation seeks to advance excellence in science education to inspire the next generation of innovators, and invest in strengthening communities where Amgen staff members live and work.

Accepting new applicants: Yes   |   Accepting letters of inquiry: Yes
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Bank of America

Bank of America helps build thriving communities by addressing issues fundamental to economic health and sustainability. Bank of America is advancing economic mobility by addressing issues related to workforce development and education, community development and basic needs

Accepting new applicants: Yes   |   Accepting letters of inquiry: Yes
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Bayer USA Foundation

The Bayer Foundations work toward their goal of "Science for a Better Life" through two separate foundations, The Bayer Science & Education Foundation which focuses on excellence in Life Science, medicine and science education, and The Bayer Cares Foundation which focuses on social innovation and new solutions for a better living.

Accepting new applicants: Yes   |   Accepting letters of inquiry: Yes
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Bechtel Group Foundation

The Bechtel Group Foundation partners with four signature programs on efforts that promote education, especially STEM, use engineering and construction skills to improve quality of life worldwide, and make effective use of the passions and unique skills of Bechtel's people.

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Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation

The Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation's primary focus is to ensure young people in California and beyond receive a quality education and reach their full potential. Additionally, the Foundation provides support to organizations which alleviate suffering, take aim at its root cause, and give people a fair shot at their own success.

Accepting new applicants: No   |   Accepting letters of inquiry: No
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College Futures Foundation

The College Futures Foundation works to ensure that more students who reflect California’s diversity complete a B.A. and access the opportunity for a better life. They believe this is best accomplished when California’s education system is designed to meet students’ needs, dedicated to fulfilling their aspirations, and ensures equitable outcomes.

Accepting new applicants: Yes
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Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation

The Lesher Foundation's goal is to enhance the quality of life in Contra Costa County, through charitable giving in support of education, arts and culture, and children and families.

Accepting new applicants: No   |   Accepting letters of inquiry: No
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East Bay Community Foundation

The East Bay Community Foundation partners with donors, social movements, and the community to eliminate structural barriers, advance racial equity, and transform political, social, and economic outcomes for all who call the East Bay home.

Accepting new applicants: Yes   |   Accepting letters of inquiry: Yes
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Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Foundation

The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund works to advance equality and justice so every person has opportunities to thrive and to live life with dignity and hope.

Accepting new applicants: No   |   Accepting letters of inquiry: No
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Fleishhacker Foundation

The Fleishhacker Foundation's goal is to improve the quality of live in the San Francisco Bay Area through the support of the Arts and K-5 Literacy programs.

Accepting new applicants: Yes   |   Accepting letters of inquiry: Yes
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Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Gordon and Betty Moore established the foundation to create positive outcomes for future generations. In pursuit of that vision, we foster path-breaking scientific discovery, environmental conservation, patient care improvements and preservation of the special character of the San Francisco Bay Area. Applicants may send a brief letter of inquiry via email.

Accepting letters of inquiry: Yes
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