Economic Well-being

We Need to Talk about Nonprofit
Job Quality More

   “When I was a nonprofit Executive Director in San Francisco in 2017 I made $80,000. Raising my salary wasn’t a priority for me; it would mean more fundraising and funds were better spent elsewhere. But that also meant I wasn’t prioritizing others’ salaries. Two brilliant staff, a BIPOC woman and gender-expansive folk who I

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Shifting Power to Young People:
Our Journey So Far

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Walter & Elise Haas Fund embarked on a learning journey to explore new pathways for supporting young people in the Bay Area to find the education and opportunities they deserve. Our fellow travelers in this work were representatives of a community that philanthropy too often ignores —

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Operationalizing
Trust-based Philanthropy:
A Learning Lab for the Field

Endeavor Fund as case study, part two Today, we’re continuing the case study of how the Walter & Elise Haas Fund established the Endeavor Fund as one way to operationalize trust-based philanthropy. Part one of this case study walked through the process of establishing the Endeavor Fund, from community-led insight as research, to screening and

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Operationalizing
Trust-based Philanthropy:
A Learning Lab for the Field

Endeavor Fund as case study, part one At the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, we’re making shifts in our practice and, at 71 years old, learning new things. This blog shares our recent process for establishing the Endeavor Fund, a new $24.5M, seven-year initiative aimed at closing the racial and gender wealth gap that we

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silos to integration, symptoms to systems, contributions to commitments

The Walter & Elise Haas Fund’s
New Grantmaking Philosophy

The impact of philanthropic endeavors is inextricably linked to the health of the nonprofits philanthropy supports. A failure to support organizations’ well-being – their resilience – ultimately hinders their ability to effectively serve the people and communities philanthropy aims to benefit. In recent years, the Walter & Elise Haas Fund strengthened our commitment to justice,

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A Path to Economic Well-being: The Endeavor Fund Cohort

We are thrilled to announce the seven Bay Area nonprofits receiving grants from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund’s most substantial philanthropic initiative to date — the Endeavor Fund. These seven nonprofits will be awarded a total investment of $24.5M over the next seven years to combat one of the toughest problems of our time;

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