Information for Researchers
Collection Title: San Francisco Foundation Records
Date (inclusive): 1937-2012
Collection Number: BANC MSS 88/124 c
San Francisco Foundation
317 cartons, 1 box, 1 volume
397 linear feet
The Bancroft Library.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Abstract: Contains office records, dockets, grant files, Buck Trust trial transcripts, newsletters, press releases, clippings, and other
miscellaneous papers. Also included are manuscripts of the winning entries for the Joseph Henry Jackson Award, and the James
D. Phelan Award.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information
on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Information for Researchers
Only files designated as public information are open to research immediately; these include:
Series 1: General information
Series 4: Buck Trial
Series 5: Clippings
Series 10: Literary Awards
Series 11: Miscellaneous
Series 2: Minutes and Series 3: Dockets are closed to research for 20 years from the date of their creation, except by written
permission of the Director of the San Francisco Foundation.
Series 6-9: Grant Files are closed to research for 10 years from the date of creation, except by written permission of the
Director of the San Francisco Foundation.
Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction
of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions,
privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond
that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be
commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the
Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See:
[Identification of item], [Identification of item], San Francisco Foundation records, BANC MSS 88/124 c, The Bancroft Library,
University of California, Berkeley., BANC MSS 88/124 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
Alternative Form of Materials Available
There are no alternate forms of this collection.
Removed or Separated Material
Printed materials have been transferred to the book collection of The Bancroft Library.
Videotapes have been transferred to the Microforms Collection of the Bancroft Library (Motion Picture 856).
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
San Francisco Foundation--Archives
Endowments—California--San Francisco Bay Area
San Francisco (Calif.)--Benevolent and moral institutions and societies.
The San Francisco Foundation Records were given to The Bancroft Library by the San Francisco Foundation on February 24, 1988.
Additions were made in 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2002-2006, 2012.
Future additions are expected annually.
Arranged to the folder level.
Processed by Rosemary Evetts in 1988. Additions processed by Mary Morganti and Alison E. Bridger most recently in 2007.
The San Francisco Foundation is a leading agent of Bay Area philanthropy. They rank seventh in grantmaking and assets among
the nation's community foundations. They cultivate a family of donors who share a commitment to the Bay Area. They give millions
of dollars a year to build on community assets, respond to community needs, and elevate public awareness.
In 1948, a small group of forward-looking civic leaders, led by the late Daniel Koshland, started The San Francisco Foundation
with the help of a small founding grant from The Columbia Foundation. "Mr. Koshland and his colleagues sought a vehicle to
pull the community together to create pride and unity and improve quality of life," says current Foundation CEO Sandra Hernández,
MD, noting that this basic mission continues to this day.
From these visionary beginnings, The San Francisco Foundation has become one of the nation's largest community foundations
with $800 million in assets. This growth reflects both strong fiscal stewardship and a vibrant philanthropic spirit in San
Francisco and the Bay Area. The Foundation continues to build on Mr. Koshland's vision with its $65 million in annual grantmaking,
its Koshland Neighborhood Program, Community Leadership Awards, various neighborhood and affinity based initiatives, community
convenings, and other programs designed to work with community leaders and nonprofits to improve the quality of life in the
The San Francisco Foundation addresses community needs by supporting innovative ideas and strengthening existing nonprofit
organizations that lack sufficient resources or infrastructure. As a regional community foundation serving San Francisco,
Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Mateo counties, it focuses in the areas of community health, education, arts and culture,
neighborhood and community development, the environment, and social justice.
Important and successful efforts catalyzed by the Foundation's support include: KQED, The Trust for Public Land, Bridge Housing,
and On Lok Senior Health Services. "The San Francisco Foundation and the organizations we work with reflect the diversity
of the Bay Area's residents and communities," adds Dr. Hernández.
Taken from the San Francisco Foundation Website: http://www.sff.org/
Scope and Content Note
The Records of the San Francisco Foundation document the history of the foundation from its founding in 1948 through the present.
Included is correspondence, files kept by the Foundation on the various awardees, records of the Board of Directors and publicity
materials. The collection has been divided into eleven series: General Information; Minutes; Board Dockets; Buck Trial; Clippings;
Grant Files; Director's Discretionary Grants; Capital Grants; Technical Assistance Grant; Literary Awards; and Miscellaneous.