William J. Zellerbach


WJZ Award for Social Change

“While family foundations alone can’t solve
the pervasive problems in our community,
we must do what we can and encourage
others to join us.”

Established in 2019, the William J. Zellerbach Award for Social Change (WJZ Award) honors the legacy of William J. Zellerbach, who served as the foundation’s Board Chair from 1960 until his death in 2017. Throughout his life, Bill held a deep commitment to the diversity and vitality of San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area and he also understood the value of partnership, especially cross-sector collaborations that focused on creative solutions to achieve social change.


The WJZ Award recognizes Bay Area organizations that are developing visionary approaches to advance social justice and address the pressing needs faced by communities throughout the Bay Area. Whether a pilot project or a new organization, the award seeks to recognize innovative efforts that have the potential for sustainable and replicable systems change in our region and beyond.


2021 WJZ Award Information

Our 2021 award theme and application period details will be announced in mid-March, 2021. Please watch for our social media announcement and revisit us for further information.


2020 Awardee

Hip Hop for Change, Inc. (HH4C) 2020 recipient of the William J. Zellerbach Award for Social Change


2019 Inaugural Awardee

Bayview-Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology (BAYCAT) inaugural recipient of the William J. Zellerbach Award for Social Change