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  1. Assessing Our Impact: 2017 Grantee Perception Report

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    How are we doing?

    Every five years, the Walter & Elise Haas Fund commissions the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) to survey our grantees so it can ask that question on our behalf. The results get compiled into a Grantee Perception Report.

    Like many of our peers in philanthropy, we commission this work to assess our impact, our efficacy, and our processes. Said more simply, we want to hear how we’re doing so we can test the accuracy of our impressions and see where there’s room for us to improve.

    We commissioned our first Grantee Perception Report in 2007, a second in 2012, and this — the third — in the fall of 2017. These reports and more are always available on our Transparency page.

    We’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all those who contributed their input to this report and invite all of you to review the results. We’ve created a digest of the report’s top-line findings, set out a plan of actionable next steps, and have made the full report and an executive summary available for download.

     

    Assessing Our Impact

  2. Fund Phone is Up!

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    antique-phoneTrying to reach us on the phone?

    The Fund is was having a temporary outage of our phone service, which we are working to resolved.

    If you ever need to reach us without using a phone, try email:

    For grant-related inquiries: [email protected]

    For all other inquiries: [email protected]

    Thanks!

  3. Mission Asset Fund in the Paper of Record

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    New-York-Times-Social-Logo1The Fund happily noted grantee Mission Asset Fund on the front page of the New York Times on Saturday. The write-up focuses on MAF’s lending circle program, which helps borrowers access affordable loans, build credit history, and set them up for a financially stable future. MAF is part of the Fund’s Economic Security cohort of grantees, addressing the Fund’s goal to help low-income adults and families achieve upward mobility and economic security. Our strategies focus on workforce development and building and protecting financial assets with grants to organizations that provide direct services, public policy reform, and field building activities.

  4. Pam David Talks on 10%

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    in the news

    Pam David was interviewed by David Perry here, talking about Openhouse and giving insights into the intersection of her activism, public service and leadership of the Fund. Pam is a 2014 recipient of Openhouse’s Adelman/Gurevitch Founders Award (and Marcy Adelman interviews Pam here), and has rich perspective on the history, and the future, of San Francisco’s LGBT community.

    Check it out.

     

  5. New Grants in July

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    The Fund’s Board of Trustees met in July and approved $1.52M in grants to 28 organizations. With these decisions, the Fund’s 2013 support of vital organizations working in the arts, economic security, education and Jewish life comes to nearly $7.3M. Details are here, along with information about all of our grants made or renewed in the past two years.

    Our next round of grantmaking takes place in November. Learn more about our programs, priorities and application process here.

  6. An Alternative History of the Elise S. Haas Bequest

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    A little more than 20 years ago, devoted philanthropist and longtime advocate for the arts Elise S. Haas gave a remarkable group of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper to SFMOMA. Join the Fund in reading SFMOMA Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture Caitlin Haskell’s investigation of the collection over at the Open Space Blog.

    Caitlin’s first entry is up, one of several highlighting specific aspects of the Haas collection’s formation and telling a story of community, of relationships with artists and dealers, and of role models within and beyond Haas’s family and San Francisco sphere. Be sure to check out the engaging interactive diagram, designed by Adam Machacek and researched by Jared Ledesma, curatorial assistant in painting and sculpture.

  7. A Little Housekeeping: Grantseeker Proposal Resources

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    Grantseekers invited to submit full proposals should check our resource page for new templates and updates to our submission process:

    • A new cover sheet, now a PDF form, has been redesigned to allow for secure, digital signatures.
    • Budget templates now include in-line help, automatic calculations, and flexible line items that allow applicants to fully describe their budget categories.
    • Put away the postage stamps (and the printer cartridge!): The Fund now accepts proposals only electronically. We understand there may be one or two supplemental materials that can’t be attached to an email, so please note our mailing address.

    These small changes are part of a larger effort to streamline our grantmaking processes.
    Stay tuned for more!

  8. New Grants in April

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    The Fund’s Board of Trustees met in early April and approved $1.71M in grants to 21 organizations. With these decisions, the Fund’s 2013 support of vital organizations working in the arts, economic security, education and Jewish life comes to nearly $3.6M. Details are here, along with information about all of our grants made or renewed in the past two years.

    Our next round of grantmaking takes place in July. Learn more about our programs, priorities and application process here.

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