Name of Foundation: Zellerbach Family Foundation
Location: San Francisco, CA
Contact Info: www.zellerbachfamilyfoundation.org Phone: 415-421-2629,
Coverage Area: The San Francisco Bay Area
Subject Areas: Community arts, improving human service systems, immigrants and refugees, strengthening communities, youth development through the arts, major community institutions, arts infrastructure, and grant support
Assets: Assets: $125 million (2012)
Last Year Total Giving: $4.8 million (2012)
In a Nutshell:
The Zellerbach family has deep roots in the San Francisco Bay area where Anthony Zellerbach founded his own paper business, A. Zellerbach & Sons, in 1876. Isadore joined his father’s company in 1888 and would be the major force behind the company (which changed its name to The Zellerbach Paper Company in 1907), until his death in 1941.
Originally named the Zellerbach Family Fund, The Zellerbach Family Foundation was established in 1956 by Mrs. Jennie B. Zellerbach (wife of Isadore) with a contribution of $54,600. Mrs. Zellerbach continued to make regular contributions to the Foundation and upon her death in 1965, her will provided additional resources.
From its inception, the Foundation has focused on the San Francisco Bay Area. It began as a family foundation, supporting the interests of the donor, however, over time it has evolved into more of a general purpose foundation. Today, the foundation has a diverse board, a strategic approach to grantmaking and a focus programmatically and geographically on identifiable community problems.
The Mission of the Zellerbach Family Foundation is to be a catalyst for constructive social change by initiating and investing in efforts that strengthen families and communities. The foundation addresses a diverse range of issue areas and has distributed over $70 million dollars in charitable support.
Improving Human Service Systems
Immigrants and Refugees
Youth Development Through the Arts
Major Community Institutions
How to Apply: The Foundation accepts proposals only for its Community Arts Program. All other programs are initiated by the Foundation. For more information, see here.
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