History

In 1996, The San Francisco Foundation found itself inundated with nonprofit projects requesting its fiscal sponsorship.

In response to this need — and recognizing that the nonprofit sector would benefit from a structure that allowed community-benefit projects to incubate their ideas before taking on the rigors of incorporation — the Foundation launched a new 501(c)(3) organization called San Francisco Foundation Community Initiative Funds. In the early years, this organization shared staff and some trustees with the Foundation.

In 2008, with both organizations flourishing and in need of more space, we began the second phase of our history. We streamlined our name to Community Initiatives, moved to larger quarters in San Francisco’s financial district, formally separated our shared governance and shared staff from the Foundation, and hired additional staff to better serve our fiscally sponsored projects and our funders.

Today, we have over 100 active projects which operate in all areas of nonprofit endeavor, including arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, advocacy and social justice, as well as pets and wildlife.

Community Initiatives continues to grow and expand its “service to great ideas” in the nonprofit sphere.

“Without Community Initiatives, California would not see the impact of hundreds of beneficial projects. They are an important part of our nonprofit landscape.”
Pamela H. David EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, WALTER AND ELISE HAAS FUND