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William J. Zellerbach Award for Social Change: Conversation with Villy Wang

Recently, the Zellerbach Family Foundation announced that the Bayview-Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology (BAYCAT) had won the first annual William J. Zellerbach Award for Social Change. To learn more about BAYCAT and the change they are seeking to achieve, read this conversation between Allison Magee, ZFF’s executive director, and BAYCAT founder, CEO and president Villy Wang right after BAYCAT’s 15th Birthday party...

William J. Zellerbach Award for Social Change to Bayview-Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology

  The Zellerbach Family Foundation is thrilled to announce that the Bayview-Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology (BAYCAT) has won the first annual William J. Zellerbach Award for Social Change. Established in 2004, BAYCAT is a nonprofit social enterprise that educates, empowers, and employs young people from historically underserved San Francisco communities in digital...

James Head Joins Zellerbach Family Foundation Board of Directors

The Zellerbach Family Foundation today announced the appointment of California philanthropy leader James W. Head to its Board of Directors. “James has demonstrated over many years, and in multiple ways, his deep commitment to supporting and lifting up vulnerable populations,” said Thomas Zellerbach, President of the Zellerbach Family Foundation and Chairman of its Board of...

Who We Are: A Message from the Chair and CEO

Dear Friends: Throughout ZFF’s 63 years, we have strived to let our values guide our work.  Like all organizations, we have experienced transitions in staff and leadership and shifts in our programs and strategies.  However, our values have kept the foundation grounded and ensured continuity in our approach and our impact. Partnership and collaboration are core to...

Bay Area Legal Aid and RYSE

ZFF is proud to support a partnership between Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) and RYSE to interrupt the school to prison pipeline in West Contra Costa County. The school to prison pipeline is a reference to school-based disciplinary policies and practices that have the effect of criminalizing youth. The pipeline disproportionately affects black and brown...

Tahirih Justice Center

In the last couple of years, there have been numerous efforts to chip away at safeguards that protect immigrants and asylum seekers. In this hostile environment, immigration legal services for women who are survivors of gender-based violence are particularly critical. There are over 580,000 undocumented immigrants in the nine Bay Area counties. The Migration Policy...

Thoughts from the Field

Navin Moul is the Zellerbach Family Foundation’s Program Executive for Immigrants and Refugees. So much of the on-the-ground reporting on the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy has been in Texas and Arizona. I wanted to see and hear first-hand if the experiences of asylum seekers in California mirrored those of their peers in Texas and Arizona...

California Philanthropy United in Support of DACA

The Trump Administration announced the termination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), thereby rescinding work authorization and protection from deportation for nearly 800,000 undocumented young people. This action will have a devastating impact on almost 223,000 DACAmented Californians...

ZFF Welcomes Navin Moul

The Zellerbach Family Foundation welcomes Navin Moul, its new Program Executive for Immigrants and Refugees. Navin brings extensive experience in the fields of philanthropy, immigration, human and civil rights. Prior to joining ZFF, Navin led the immigration grantmaking strategy at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. She also worked as a program officer at American Jewish...

Joint Foundation Statement on Immigration

The United States stands at a historic crossroads. Founded as a refuge from religious persecution and built by generations of immigrants, our country has been the standard bearer internationally for the assertion and protection of inalienable rights and freedoms, a beacon of hope for refugees facing oppression and persecution, and a land of opportunity for immigrants seeking a better life for themselves and their families...

Life Learning Academy

Life Learning Academy (LLA) is a fully accredited San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) charter high school founded in 1998 by the Delancey Street Foundation and located on Treasure Island. Its mission is to provide a nonviolent community for students who have not been successful in traditional school settings. Toward this end, LLA prepares students...

Oakland International High School Family Resource Center

Oakland International High School (OIHS) is a full service community school in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) that is uniquely designed to provide a high quality college preparatory education and crucial social services to late-arrival English Learner high school students and their families. Since opening its doors in 2007, Oakland International High School has...

Community Works West

Since 1997, Community Works West (CWW) has strived to interrupt and heal the far-reaching impacts of incarceration and violence through youth-led advocacy, innovative programs in jails and prisons, restorative justice practices, and art. CWW provided the first restorative justice program in a county jail (San Francisco) and the first restorative justice diversion program for youth...

Zellerbach Legacy Grants

2016 marks the Zellerbach Family Foundation’s 60th year of grantmaking in the San Francisco Bay Area. ZFF is celebrating by highlighting the contributions of its partners and further advancing their work. Throughout the year, ZFF is awarding a series of Legacy Grants to organizations that are leaders in their field. Grantees include organizations that have...

Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay

Afghan Refugee Program Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay (JFCS East Bay) offers a range of social and mental health services to refugees from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Bosnia, African countries, and the former Soviet Union who now reside in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. The Afghan Refugee Program provides resettlement services (case management, job...

Community Music Center

Since 1921, San Francisco’s Community Music Center (CMC) has made music accessible to all people, regardless of their financial means. Through afterschool and outreach programs, private lessons and free classes, and workshops and community performances, CMC enriches the lives of students of all ages and economic levels. Last year 2,400 students, from toddlers to students...

Brothers on the Rise

Brothers on the Rise (BOTR) was launched in May 2008 to address the multiple challenges disproportionately affecting low-income boys and young men of color in Oakland. Its mission is to empower male youth of color to achieve individual success, develop healthy relationships and contribute to a more just and equitable society. Toward this end, BOTR...

ZFF Welcomes Margot Melcon

The Zellerbach Family Foundation is pleased to introduce Margot Melcon, the Foundation’s new Program Executive for Promoting Culture. Margot will oversee ZFF’s arts programming, including Community Arts, Youth Development through the Arts, Major Community Institutions, and other grants. Margot comes to ZFF from the Marin Theatre Company, where she spent seven years as an artist...

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

The commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) is the second most profitable criminal enterprise globally and a growing problem in California. The FBI estimates that 100,000 children, as young as ten years old, are sold for sex each year in the United States, and it identifies the Bay Area as a primary hub. These youth...

Immigrant Day Labor Centers

In many cities, local authorities and nonprofit organizations are pressed to address the problems caused by street-side job solicitation. Experience has shown that day labor centers that are developed through intentional, collaborative processes enjoy higher levels of public support and are able to provide an array of services that improve the lives of workers. The...

Mission Graduates

Located in San Francisco’s Mission District, Mission Graduates is working to transform the culture of the Mission District so that college becomes the expectation for neighborhood families, rather than the exception. The organization works to fulfill its mission through a wide range of programs that include academic enrichment, literacy development, leadership development, parent empowerment and...

Intersection for the Arts / Kevin Chen

Kevin Chen has been involved in the San Francisco Bay Area arts community for over two decades as a curator, writer, and visual artist. He was the Program Director of Visual Arts at Intersection for the Arts for over 15 years, where he curated over 60 exhibitions and hundreds of public programs. He has also...

Project WHAT!

Collectively, these youth have trained more than 8,000 individuals including judges, educators, legislators and other policy makers, youth, undergraduate and graduate students, social workers, community health workers, court appointed special advocates, incarcerated parents, caregivers, criminal justice and law enforcement professionals, lawyers, and court investigators. These youth-led trainings combine research-backed instruction with the emotional impact of...