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Key Facts on Bay Area Grantmakers

June 28, 2011

Bay Area grantmakers represent a substantial segment of California's foundation community. In 2009, just over a third of the state's grantmaking independent, corporate, community, and operating foundations were located in the nine-county Bay Area, and those funders held close to half of California assets (45 percent) and accounted for more than half of total giving (52.4 percent). Compared to California and U.S. foundations overall, Bay Area foundations in 2009 reported the fastest growth in total giving and assets since 2000.

"For the first time since the recession hit, we now have hard data that tell us the true impact it had on Bay Area foundations," said Janet Camarena, director of the Foundation Center's San Francisco office. "Though these funders saw a significant loss of assets, they fared better over the long term than their colleagues statewide and around the nation."




The largest Bay Area foundations by assets in 2009 were:


And the largest by total giving were:


Other findings from the report:

  • $3.1 billion -- Giving by Bay Area foundations in 2009
  • 2,498 -- Number of grantmaking foundations in the Bay Area in 2009
  • 9.4 percent -- Share of Bay Area foundations reporting more than $1 million in giving in 2009
  • 26.5 percent -- Share of 2009 grant dollars awarded by Bay Area grantmakers for Education (top-ranked field)

Indeed, Bay Area foundations included in the 2009 grants sample prioritized giving for education and the environment and animals, consistent with California foundations overall. Relative to the universe of California grantmakers in the sample, Bay Area funders provided a roughly similar share of their giving for education (26.5 percent vs. 24.1 percent) but notably largers shares for the environment (24 percent vs. 17.4 percent), science and technology (7.2 percent vs. 6 percent), and international affairs (5 percent vs. 3.8 percent). In contrast, they directed a substantially smaller share of their giving for health (8.6 percent vs. 15.8 percent) and human services (8.2 percent vs. 10.9 percent).


According to the report, the top ten Bay Area Foundations awarding grants to Bay Area recipients were:


While the top ten non-Bay Area foundations awarding grants to Bay Area recipients were:


To download a free copy of Key Facts on Bay Area Grantmakers (3 pages, PDF), click here


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