Our Work

Our Philosophy

Our values guide how we give and invest. We are committed to building strong, open and trusting relationships with our grantees.  We believe in collaboration and adding value, where appropriate, to advance the goals of our grantees.  As examples, we have volunteered at partner-sponsored events, provided strategic and financial advice, and made introductions to other like-minded non-profits and donors.

Featured Grantee

Ayudando Latinos A Soñar

A community based organization that provides health services, arts programming, farmworker support, entrepreneurship opportunities, and outreach and support for low-income families and individuals along the San Mateo coast.

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photo: Ayudando Latinos A Sonar

Our Process

Non-profit organizations should focus on their mission rather than divert their resources towards onerous and time-consuming grant applications and reporting. Our process usually takes about 3 months to complete, with our Board meeting quarterly to approve grant recommendations. Due to our lean size, we are not able to accept unsolicited applications.

  • Due Diligence
    We gather publicly available information about an organization, hold 1-2 conversations with leadership and/or staff, and conduct a site visit.
  • Criteria
    We make assessments based on mission and program alignment, strength of leadership, an organization’s commitment to diversity and inclusion internally and in service to their beneficiaries.
  • Type of Grant
    Our typical grant is multi-year, general operating support. We support capital campaigns very rarely.
  • Grant Amounts
    We determine grant amounts based on organizational budget and capacity, number of clients served, or specific needs.
  • Reporting
    We are generally satisfied with receiving reports that grantees might already be submitting to other donors. We have an initial meeting with grantee partners to share their goals and challenges and then at 6 month intervals to keep us updated on developments and progress. We follow up with both positive and constructive feedback. We appreciate periodic site visits when appropriate.