Executive Director’s Letter

Dear Friends:

2016 marks an important milestone for the Zellerbach Family Foundation; 60 years of grantmaking in the San Francisco Bay Area. Starting with an initial investment of $54,600 by Jennie Zellerbach, ZFF has made over $113 million in grants and charitable contributions since its founding in 1956.

Throughout its history, ZFF has held a deep commitment to strengthening families and communities in San Francisco and the Bay Area; and through its partnerships with grantees and stakeholders the foundation has served as a leader in advancing the arts, strengthening public service systems, and in ensuring the successful integration of newcomers into our communities. ZFF is especially proud of the enduring partnerships it has helped to establish. Over the years, ZFF has been instrumental in the development and ongoing support for many initiatives and organizations that range significantly in their mission and impact. We helped to establish family engagement organizations that remain critical to ensuring successful public schools such as Parents for Public Schools of San Francisco, the Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network, and the Parent Advisory Council to the San Francisco Board of Education.

ZFF’s commitment to strong public systems is demonstrated by its role in establishing and supporting cross-sector collaborations. Some examples include the San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership (SFCIPP), California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC), the Bay Area Social Services Consortium (BASSC), and the California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership. These alliances have played a pivotal role in the development and implementation of state and local systems reform that will have an enduring impact on youth and families in the Bay Area and beyond.

ZFF has partnered with several other Bay Area philanthropic organizations including the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and others to support the arts. The Community Arts Program has funded over $17 million in grants to Bay Area artists and arts organizations, and remains one of the oldest remaining sources of support for small and emerging arts organizations in the Bay Area.

ZFF’s ongoing commitment to the San Francisco Bay Area includes the philanthropic sector itself. Throughout its history, ZFF has helped to build and maintain a viable and cohesive philanthropic sector that is collaborative in approach and enduring in its impact. As founding members of the Northern California Grantmakers, the Arts Loan Fund, and the Emergency Loan Fund, as well as participants of countless partnerships and alliances, ZFF has long understood the value of collaboration, and the strength of coordinated responses to the needs of our communities.

This year, ZFF will celebrate this milestone anniversary through a series of Legacy Grants awarded to organizations that share the foundation’s commitment to strengthening families and communities through leadership, collaboration, and innovation. ZFF’s Legacy Grants are one way for the foundation to express its appreciation and support for the work of its many partners in the Bay Area. More information about the Legacy Grants can be found here.

ZFF is proud of its accomplishments over the past 60 years, and are eager to continue working so that all families and communities in the Bay Area are healthy and strong.


Allison Magee
Executive Director