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The San Francisco Foundation

Greater Impact Together - The community foundation of the Bay Area

four stars

97.17

One Embarcadero Center Suite 1400
San Francisco, CA 94111
tel: (415) 733-8500   Web Site
EIN: 01-0679337

Board Leadership
Duncan Robertson
Chair

CEO
Fred Blackwell
Chief Executive Officer

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 97.17 four stars
  Financial 100.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The San Francisco Foundation is the community foundation serving the Bay Area since 1948, granting more than $800 million over the past ten years. Through the generosity and vision of our family of donors, both past and present, The San Francisco Foundation awarded grants totaling $82 million in fiscal year 2011. By focusing on policy, advocacy, community organizing, and systems change, the Foundation addresses community needs in the areas of community health, education, arts and culture, community development, and the environment. In response to the economic downturn, The San Francisco Foundation is focusing funding on safety net partners, job creation and training, and foreclosure response and neighborhood preservation for the next two years.

The San Francisco Foundation is the community foundation serving the Bay Area since 1948, granting more than $800 million over the past ten years. Through the generosity and vision of our family of donors, both past and present, The San Francisco Foundation awarded grants totaling $82 million in fiscal year 2011. By focusing on policy, advocacy, community organizing, and systems change, the Foundation addresses community needs in the areas of community health, education, arts and culture, community development, and the environment. In response to the economic downturn, The San Francisco Foundation is focusing funding on safety net partners, job creation and training, and foreclosure response and neighborhood preservation for the next two years.

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Financial

four stars

100.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
95.8%
  Administrative Expenses 3.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 8.33
  Program Expenses Growth 15.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The San Francisco Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The San Francisco Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The San Francisco Foundation (CA) 97.17 four stars
East Bay Community Foundation (CA) 87.62 three stars
Central Indiana Community Foundation (IN) 91.42 four stars
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (OH) 93.72 four stars
Hampton Roads Community Foundation (VA) 93.35 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $94,043,894
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $94,043,894
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $94,043,894
   Other Revenue $59,274,597
TOTAL REVENUE $153,318,491
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $161,514,172
   Administrative Expenses $4,795,786
   Fundraising Expenses $1,373,624
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $167,683,582
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-14,365,091
   
Net Assets $1,392,947,620

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Grants $161,514,172 100.0%

Ratings History
The San Francisco Foundation has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-06 02/01/2019 97.17 four stars
2016-06 12/01/2017 97.17 four stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 97.17 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 97.77 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 97.41 four stars
2013-06 03/01/2015 96.28 four stars
2012-06 12/01/2013 89.38 three stars
2011-06 10/01/2012 88.81 three stars
2010-06 03/01/2012 90.78 four stars
2010-06 11/01/2011 88.27 three stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 92.21 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/01/2010 98.98 four stars
2008-06 12/15/2009 99.11 four stars
2007-06 11/01/2008 98.91 four stars
2006-06 11/01/2007 89.58 three stars
2005-06 12/01/2006 78.57 two stars
2004-06 07/01/2006 89.01 three stars
2003-06 10/01/2004 84.63 three stars
2002-06 04/15/2003 88.06 three stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 99.51 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 01-0679337
Name in IRS Master File SAN FRANCISCO FOUNDATION
NTEE Code T30
NTEE Classification Public Foundations
NTEE Type Philanthropy, Voluntarism and Grantmaking Foundations
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date September, 2002
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$400,147 0.23% Fred Blackwell CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The San Francisco Foundation (CA) 97.17 four stars
Greater Milwaukee Foundation (WI) 96.66 four stars
California Community Foundation (CA) 91.24 four stars
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (MI) 92.29 four stars
The Boston Foundation (MA) 92.75 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The San Francisco Foundation
One Embarcadero Center
Suite 1400
San Francisco, CA 94111
tel: (415) 733-8500
fax: (415) 477-2783
EIN: 01-0679337

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Board Leadership

Duncan Robertson
Chair

CEO

Fred Blackwell
Chief Executive Officer

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