Walter & Elise
Haas Fund

2018 Annual Report

We invest in our Bay Area neighbors because doing so fosters a more just and vibrant society for current and future generations.

Our Take
On The Year

Looking back at — and learning from — 2018.

Letter from the Board President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The past year has been one of growth and transition for all of us at the Walter & Elise Haas Fund. As we faced a series of challenges in responding to shifts in public policy, and as we continued to see costs of living in the Bay Area soar, we channeled those concerns into commitment and action.

Working in partnership with our peers in philanthropy and government, the Fund continued to address the barriers to equity in the Bay Area. We renewed our support for HOPE SF, a project redefining how public housing can support thriving communities. Responding to growing need, we increased our support for the vital safety net services that keep families fed, safe, and housed. In Oakland, the Fund supported ICA Fund Good Jobs, a project that helps develop small businesses so those businesses can bolster the community with the kind of good jobs that offer benefits and advancement opportunity.

In public schools, the Walter & Elise Haas Fund celebrated the successes of programs like Trellis Education, which trains and supports a growing field of STEM teachers unburdened by education debt. We see, with the benefit of perspective and time, how the seed funding we offered to nascent Jewish organizations in previous years has helped launch a new wave of compelling, exciting organizations built around inclusivity and multi-faith collaboration. Capital projects also received Fund support in 2018, such as our grant to the Community Arts Stabilization Trust (CAST), which helps non-profit arts organizations continue to serve San Franciscans in the face of rising real estate costs.

All of this work, and more like it, comes thanks to the strength and commitment of our community. As the Board President of the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, I fully understand how the lion’s share of the effort — and the credit — belongs to the grantees we are honored to support.

I also want to extend my gratitude to Jamie Allison, who is now starting her second year as the Fund’s Executive Director. We, the trustees, appreciate her thoughtfulness, patience, good humor, and judgement as she stepped into the lead role at the Fund.

On behalf of the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, thank you for working alongside us.

Peter E. Haas, Jr.
Board President

Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

Joining the Walter & Elise Haas Fund has been — and continues to be — a privilege and a joy. I’ve been blessed to join a compassionate and effective philanthropic organization with a longstanding record of bringing access and opportunity to all Bay Area residents.

As I integrated myself into the Fund’s work in 2018, I joined my new colleagues in supporting the arts, economic security, education, Jewish life, and safety net services. You can gain some additional insight into where and how we’ve focused efforts in each of those program areas over the past year in this report.

In my first year as executive director, the staff, trustees, and I took the opportunity to reassess the Fund’s work with fresh eyes. We reevaluated everything from our internal procedures to the impact we want to make through grantmaking. In one such instance, we undertook a review of Safety Net grantmaking over that program’s first ten years. Sadly, the need for basic support — food and housing — was even greater in 2018 than it was during the peak of the 2008 recession, when the program was launched.

Median rents and the Self-Sufficiency Standard both increased by nearly 50% in the past decade. As one result of this, the number of San Francisco Unified School District students experiencing homelessness also increased — by nearly 200%. Seeing this cascading growth in demand reinforced our commitment to continuing and even increasing the budget of our Safety Net Program, which had been envisioned as temporary.

The challenges before us are great, but we are not discouraged. We are invigorated by our work with you to make the Bay Area more just, vibrant, and healthy.

During 2018, I met many of the leaders connected to the Fund. And the more I learn about your work, the greater my optimism about what comes next. There is an incredible spirit among Fund grantees. Your resourcefulness and creativity are deeply uplifting.

I’m joyful that the community, board, and staff of the Fund have welcomed me so warmly and that you all continue to offer such an estimable example of what heart and will can accomplish.

Thank you for including me in this work.

Jamie Allison
Executive Director

Program Areas


The Fund’s Arts program emphasizes access to and participation in the arts for everyone. In 2018, our grantees brought arts education to hundreds of Bay Area schools, including many where arts-learning resources would otherwise be limited. Presentations in parks, on trolleys, and along sidewalks reached thousands of appreciative people of all ages, for free. Artistic excellence brought to life by Fund Arts grantees was evident on the region’s stages, in its galleries, and elsewhere.

But 2018 was also difficult for the Bay Area arts community. The tragic Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse fire in late 2017 took the lives of too many and its effects continue to reverberate. Other grantees were evicted or faced unmanageable rent increases as soaring costs of living challenged the solvency of nonprofit employees. Yet, art invites us to live our values, wrestle with difficult ideas, and negotiate with beauty, resilience, and courage. Fifteen new media and performing artists embarked on challenging new Creative Work Fund projects in 2018, and the joy of that creation awaits us.

Arts Portfolio By Strategy

50 %

Arts Education


35 %

Cultural Commons


15 %

Creative Work Fund


Organization Strategy Amount
Advaita Society Arts Education $15,000
American Conservatory Theatre Foundation Arts Education $35,000
Bay Area Girls Rock Camp Arts Education $10,000
Bayview Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology Arts Education $25,000
Bayview Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology Arts Education $25,000
Berkeley Repertory Theatre Arts Education $70,000
Blue Bear School of Music Arts Education $15,000
Brava! for Women in the Arts Arts Education $10,000
California Alliance for Arts Education Arts Education $25,000
California Poets in the Schools Arts Education $20,000
Cantare Con Vivo Arts Education $20,000
Center for Art + Public Life, California College of the Arts Arts Education $40,000
Community Music Center Arts Education $100,000
Dance Brigade Arts Education $25,000
Destiny Arts Center Arts Education $35,000
Each One Reach One Arts Education $30,000
Living Jazz Arts Education $15,000
Loco Bloco Drum and Dance Ensemble Arts Education $25,000
Oakland Ballet Company Arts Education $15,000
Oakland Leaf Foundation Arts Education $25,000
Pro Arts Arts Education $15,000
Ragged Wing Ensemble Arts Education $8,000
San Francisco Arts Education Project Arts Education $35,000
San Francisco Jazz Organization Arts Education $30,000
San Francisco Youth Theatre Arts Education $12,000
Stagebridge Arts Education $25,000
The Beat Within Arts Education $30,000
The Cutting Ball Theater Arts Education $15,000
Women’s Audio Mission Arts Education $70,000
Young Musicians Choral Orchestra Arts Education $50,000
Youth Art Exchange Arts Education $30,000
Youth Speaks Arts Education $40,000
Z Space Studio Arts Education $15,000
Aggregate Space Gallery & Leila Weefur Creative Work Fund $32,800
Chinatown Community Development Center & Lenora Lee Creative Work Fund $40,000
Collective Impact & Sophie Constantinou Creative Work Fund $40,000
Del Sol Performing Arts Organization & Alam Khan Creative Work Fund $40,000
Djerassi Resident Artists Program & Weidong Yang Creative Work Fund $40,000
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights & Jane Greenberg Creative Work Fund $40,000
Family Caregiver Alliance & Anna Fitch Creative Work Fund $40,000
Filipino Advocates for Justice & Esy Casey Creative Work Fund $40,000
Gamelan Sekar Jaya & Brenda Wong Aoki Creative Work Fund $40,000
Jewish Family and Community Services East Bay & Sam Ball Creative Work Fund $40,000
Movement Generation & Yvan Iturriaga Creative Work Fund $40,000
Our Family Coaliton & Kaitlin McGaw Creative Work Fund $40,000
Taiko Community Alliance & Franco Imperial Creative Work Fund $40,000
The Dance Brigade a New Group from Wallflower Order & Nkeiruka Oruche Creative Work Fund $40,000
The Museum of the African Diaspora & Jo Kreiter Creative Work Fund $40,000
3rd i South Asian Independent Film Cultural Commons $10,000
Anne Bluethenthal & Dancers Cultural Commons $15,000
Circus Bella Cultural Commons $40,000
Circus Bella Cultural Commons $10,000
Crosspulse Cultural Commons $10,000
CubaCaribe Cultural Commons $20,000
Cultural Data Project Cultural Commons $60,000
Diamano Coura West African Dance Company Cultural Commons $25,000
Epiphany Productions Sonic Dance Theater Cultural Commons $12,000
Gamelan Sekar Jaya Cultural Commons $15,000
Golden Thread Productions Cultural Commons $15,000
Grantmakers in the Arts Cultural Commons $25,000
Heyday Cultural Commons $30,000
Jess Curtis/Gravity Inc. Cultural Commons $60,000
Joe Goode Performance Group Cultural Commons $25,000
Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center Cultural Commons $35,000
Music at Kohl Mansion Cultural Commons $50,000
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir Cultural Commons $10,000
Open Architecture Collaborative, Inc. Cultural Commons $15,000
RADAR Productions Cultural Commons $10,000
San Francisco Zine Fest Cultural Commons $10,000
Small Press Distribution Cultural Commons $25,000
The Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives Cultural Commons $25,000
Tibetan Association of Northern California Cultural Commons $25,000
Tibetan Association of Northern California Cultural Commons $45,000
World Arts West Cultural Commons $50,000
Yerba Buena Arts & Events Cultural Commons $90,000

Economic Security

The Fund’s Economic Security program grantees contributed to a more just Bay Area by focusing on five areas: entrepreneurship, workforce training, job creation, increasing financial assets, and removing the barriers that trap working families in cycles of poverty. While unemployment, generally, is at a historic low, a significant portion of families here still struggle. Even full-time employment leaves many Bay Area households without the ability to meet their daily needs. Income inequality, job quality, and the rising cost of living, too, remain ongoing concerns for too many.

In 2018, W&EHF supported organizations addressing these issues head-on, through direct service, advocacy, and by developing innovative tools designed to bolster economic security and mobility for Bay Area residents.

Economic Security Portfolio By Strategy

41 %

Workforce Development


37 %

Build and Protect Assets


22 %

Public Policy and Systems Change


Organization Strategy Amount
Asset Funders Network Build and Protect Assets $15,000
Centro Community Partners Build and Protect Assets $100,000
Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap Initiative Build and Protect Assets $55,000
Earned Assets Resource Network Build and Protect Assets $150,000
La Cocina Build and Protect Assets $225,000
Mission Asset Fund Build and Protect Assets $300,000
Small Business Majority Foundation Build and Protect Assets $50,000
California Asset Building Coalition Public Policy and Systems Change $10,000
California Reinvestment Coalition Public Policy and Systems Change $100,000
FUSE Corps Public Policy and Systems Change $40,000
Golden State Opportunity Foundation Public Policy and Systems Change $20,000
Legal Aid at Work Public Policy and Systems Change $50,000
Public Rights Project Public Policy and Systems Change $100,000
San Francisco Financial Justice Project (City and County of San Francisco) Public Policy and Systems Change $75,000
San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association Public Policy and Systems Change $25,000
Tax Alliance for Economic Mobility Public Policy and Systems Change $15,000
Women’s Foundation of California Public Policy and Systems Change $25,000
Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative Workforce Development $200,000
Inner City Advisors Workforce Development $150,000
International Rescue Committee Workforce Development $25,000
Restaurant Opportunities Centers ROC United Inc. Workforce Development $25,000
Rising Sun Energy Center Workforce Development $75,000
SFMade, Inc. Workforce Development $70,000
Upwardly Global Workforce Development $50,000


The Fund’s 2018 Education program grantmaking focused on teachers as our most effective lever for improving public education and elevating student academic performance. For local school districts, recruiting and retaining committed, qualified teachers is a major challenge. Best practice dictates that one-to-one mentoring, apprenticing with master teachers, supplemental training, and having a content-specific focus area all are must-haves if we want to boost teacher retention — and we do. Placing teachers in schools in a way that encourages long term commitment and builds teacher expertise is a long-term endeavor, and one that must be customized and contextualized to suit the school and district.

The Fund’s current Education grantmaking supports district-level interventions and nonprofit programs aimed at reducing the teacher shortage and improving the quality of teachers in Bay Area public schools.

Education Portfolio By Strategy

43 %

Teacher Practice


38 %

Teacher Retention


19 %

Teacher Pipeline


Organization Strategy Amount
Black Teacher Project Teacher Pipeline $60,000
Internationals Network for Public Schools Teacher Pipeline $120,000
Oakland Unified School District Teacher Pipeline $45,000
OUSD Office of Equity Teacher Pipeline $150,000
Partnership for the Future of Learning Teacher Pipeline $150,000
Public Advocates Inc. Teacher Pipeline $120,000
Trellis Teacher Pipeline $90,000
Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network Teacher Practice $70,000
Black Teacher Project Teacher Practice $60,000
Envision Education Teacher Practice $100,000
Internationals Network for Public Schools Teacher Practice $120,000
Oakland Kids First Teacher Practice $40,000
OUSD English Language Learner and Multilingual Achievement Office Teacher Practice $100,000
OUSD Office of Equity Teacher Practice $150,000
Partnership for the Future of Learning Teacher Practice $150,000
Public Advocates Inc. Teacher Practice $120,000
San Francisco Unified School District Teacher Practice $145,000
Surge Institute Teacher Practice $45,000
Alameda County Office of Education Teacher Retention $40,000
Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network Teacher Retention $70,000
Black Teacher Project Teacher Retention $60,000
Envision Education Teacher Retention $100,000
Internationals Network for Public Schools Teacher Retention $120,000
New Teacher Center Teacher Retention $90,000
OUSD Office of Equity Teacher Retention $150,000
Partnership for the Future of Learning Teacher Retention $150,000
Public Advocates Inc. Teacher Retention $120,000
San Francisco Unified School District Teacher Retention $145,000
Springboard Collaborative Teacher Retention $40,000
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education sponsored by Regents of the University of California Teacher Retention $45,000

Jewish Life

The Fund’s Jewish Life grantees faced a difficult year in 2018, with record-high rates of anti-Semitism on top of attacks on immigrants, Muslims, people of color, women, and the bedrock values of democracy. Our grantees met these challenges with commitment and compassion. Grantees protested, supported immigrant families facing separation, and used the moral suasion of faith communities to advocate for the rights of all. Our grantees stood in solidarity with vulnerable people of all faiths, embodying the call of tikkun olam — or “repairing the world”.

At the same time, Fund Jewish Life grantees continued to provide ways for the diverse community that seeks a place at the Jewish table to engage with Jewish texts, ideals, and values. Our grantees help people find joy and comfort in tradition, which sustains us through difficult times.

Jewish Life Portfolio By Strategy

58 %

Building Partnerships for Social Justice


37 %

Diversity is a Strength


5 %

Innovation is an Imperative


Organization Strategy Amount
Anti-Defamation League Building Partnerships for Social Justice $140,000
Auburn Theological Seminary Building Partnerships for Social Justice $100,000
Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice Building Partnerships for Social Justice $200,000
Board of Trustees of the Glide Foundation Building Partnerships for Social Justice $80,000
Hebrew Free Loan Association of San Francisco Building Partnerships for Social Justice $100,000
Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, Marin and the Peninsula Building Partnerships for Social Justice $130,000
Jewish Family and Community Services East Bay Building Partnerships for Social Justice $50,000
Jewish Social Justice Roundtable Building Partnerships for Social Justice $5,000
Jewish Youth for Community Action Building Partnerships for Social Justice $90,000
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger Building Partnerships for Social Justice $10,000
Music at Kohl Mansion Building Partnerships for Social Justice $50,000
National Council of Jewish Women Incorporated Building Partnerships for Social Justice $25,000
San Francisco Interfaith Council Building Partnerships for Social Justice $25,000
Shalom Bayit Building Partnerships for Social Justice $40,000
Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion and Ministry Diversity is a Strength $50,000
Dimensions Educational Consulting Diversity is a Strength $35,000 Diversity is a Strength $35,000
J Street Education Fund Diversity is a Strength $80,000
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco Diversity is a Strength $80,000
Jewish Community Center of the East Bay Diversity is a Strength $275,000
Keshet Diversity is a Strength $50,000
Leichtag Foundation Diversity is a Strength $120,000
New Israel Fund Diversity is a Strength $50,000
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival Diversity is a Strength $90,000
SVARA Diversity is a Strength $100,000
Tawonga Jewish Community Corporation Diversity is a Strength $20,000
The Contemporary Jewish Museum Diversity is a Strength $90,000
The Kitchen: Slow Down, Jew Up Innovation is an Imperative $50,000
UpStart Bay Area Innovation is an Imperative $90,000

Safety Net

Created in response to the 2008 recession and marking its 10th year of existence in 2018, the Fund’s Safety Net program recognizes the growing number of people experiencing homelessness and food insecurity in the Bay Area. In 2008, a family of four in San Francisco needed to earn $62,182 to be self-sufficient. Now, that same family needs to earn $117,400. Until more families can meet their basic needs, safety net organizations remain crucial.

The Fund will continue to bolster those critical organizations that help people with emergency shelter, stable housing, and eviction defense and with home-delivered meals, groceries, and congregant dining halls. The Safety Net program also supports policy and advocacy groups working to facilitate access to the benefits to which people in need are entitled. For each of these organizations, there is a common theme; they meet each person where they are, taking care not only of physical needs, but also recognizing the humanity within us all.

Safety Net Portfolio By Strategy

50 %

Housing & Homeless Prevention


37 %



8 %

Policy & Emerging Needs


5 %

Information & Referral


Organization Strategy Amount
Alameda County Community Food Bank Food $50,000
Bay Area Community Services Food $30,000
Bayview Hunters Point YMCA Food $30,000
Board of Trustees of the Glide Foundation Food $30,000
Davis Street Community Center Food $30,000
Meals on Wheels of San Francisco Food $30,000
Mercy Retirement Care Center Food $30,000
Project Open Hand Food $30,000
San Francisco Marin Food Bank Food $50,000
Society St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County Food $30,000
St. Anthony Foundation Food $30,000
A Safe Place Housing & Homeless Prevention $30,000
Abode Services Housing & Homeless Prevention $30,000
Asian Women’s Shelter Project Housing & Homeless Prevention $30,000
Catholic Charities CYO of The Archdiocese Of San Francisco Housing & Homeless Prevention $30,000
Catholic Charities of the East Bay Housing & Homeless Prevention $30,000
Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund Housing & Homeless Prevention $30,000
Compass Family Services Housing & Homeless Prevention $30,000
Cornerstone Community Development Corporation Housing & Homeless Prevention $30,000
East Bay Community Law Center Housing & Homeless Prevention $30,000
Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco Housing & Homeless Prevention $30,000
Eviction Defense Collaborative Housing & Homeless Prevention $30,000
Family Emergency Shelter Coalition Housing & Homeless Prevention $30,000
Hamilton Family Center Housing & Homeless Prevention $30,000
International Rescue Committee Housing & Homeless Prevention $20,000
La Casa de las Madres Housing & Homeless Prevention $30,000
Providence Foundation of San Francisco Housing & Homeless Prevention $30,000
Raphael House of San Francisco Housing & Homeless Prevention $30,000
Eden I & R Inc Information & Referral $30,000
United Way of the Bay Area Information & Referral $20,000
California Food Policy Advocates Policy & Emerging Needs $30,000
Inequality Media Policy & Emerging Needs $30,000
Simply the Basics Policy & Emerging Needs $25,000





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2018 financial information, including audits, tax returns and investment performance, can be found on our website.




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