Family and Community Development
Through its work in the Family and Community Development Program, the Foundation sought to improve the functioning of low-income families and the livability of distressed neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Foundation supported local and regional organizations that serve Bay Area communities and a limited number of national organizations whose work directly benefited local and regional efforts. Grants were made in the following areas:
Neighborhood Improvement. The Foundation supported multiyear, comprehensive, cross-disciplinary efforts of community-based partnerships aimed at improving the human, economic, and physical conditions in select neighborhoods.
Community Service. The Foundation supported school- and community-based K-12 and a limited number of higher education service leaning programs. In addition, it provided support to locally sponsored national service activities that involve young people in strengthening the ability of neighborhoods to respond to critical human development, public safety, and environmental issues.
Responsible Fatherhood and Male Involvement. The Foundation supported programs that enabled fathers to participate actively in the emotional and financial support of the family and that promote adult male involvement in teh lives of children and youth from father-absent environments.
Transition to Work. The Foundation supported comprehensive programs that responded to the employment, education and training, child care, and other needs of families who require assistance in making the transition from public benefit programs to self-sufficiency.
Employment Development. The Foundation supported partnerships among industry, government, job-training programs, educaitonal institutions, and community based organizations that expand job and wage opportunities for low-skilled, low-wage workers through strategies that target growth sectors of the economy.
Emerging Opportunties. The Foundation supported efforts that explore emerging practice and policy innovation in new domains and that reflect intersections of interest between and among various programs.
The Neighborhood Improvement Initiative, born out of the Family and Community Development Program, was an acknowledged disappointment. The Foundation committed millions of dollars to this initiative, but did not achieve its goals. A more in-depth exploration of the fate of the initiative can be found here. The Foundation eventually transitioned the remaining grants from the Family and Community Development Program into its Serving Bay Area Communities and Special Projects grantmaking.