Safety Net & Other
Grantmaking Interests

Safety Net

The purpose of the Fund’s Safety Net grantmaking is to provide Bay Area residents with access to the basic requirements of life — food, shelter, and security.

In 2008, the Walter & Elise Haas Fund responded to the economic downturn by adding one million dollars to its annual giving budget. Most of this increase funds critical service agencies, while a few targeted planning and coordination grants help groups to respond to our rapidly changing economic environment. Safety Net service priorities include food and shelter programs, as well as crisis services related to mental health and domestic violence.

NOTE Unsolicited letters of inquiry and proposals are not accepted for grants in this program.

Other Areas

With the exception of San Francisco Parks, unsolicited letters of inquiry and proposals are not accepted in the below program areas:

 

Mission-Related Special Grantmaking:

Responding to emerging community needs and addresses areas of interest that match the Fund’s overall mission.

 

San Francisco Parks:

In recognition of the founders’ interest, funding exceptional community engagement initiatives that support and improve San Francisco’s parks and open spaces.

 

Annual Grants:

Supporting specific organizations that Walter or Elise Haas chose to fund in their lifetimes.

 

Jewish Community Federation:

Recognizing Walter Haas’s leadership of and commitment to the Federation with contributions to the organization’s annual campaign.

 

Descendent Grants:

Engaging successive generations in philanthropy through grants initiated by members of the Haas family.

 

End-of-Year Grants:

As is Haas tradition, supporting organizations that serve very low-income families and individuals with small grants most often extended during the holiday season.

Grant Program Areas

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