Our Process

We want to make a difference today and ensure that these changes last into the future.

Throughout 2019 we will launch our initial grantmaking strategies. As we try new approaches, refine them and determine what works, we will share lessons with our partners to ensure that we provide the best support we can to our communities.

We support leaders who bring an entrepreneurial spirit to transforming large institutions that provide critical services to members of our communities. To make the most impactful investments, we listen closely to our partners. When they share insights, they make our work stronger and feel ownership of efforts that will continue beyond our investment. This approach is vital to both our Bay Area work and our efforts in Hawaiʻi, where we partner with the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation to understand and address what is happening at the community level. To foster collaboration, we bring together issue-area leaders to learn from each other and develop coordinated solutions to revolutionize how institutions serve communities.

We invest in scaleable and sustainable interventions with evidence based ideas in achieving big dreams–and in that choice we commit to providing substantial, flexible, long-term funding. We intend to work in close collaboration with a defined cohort of partner-grantees that are primarily serving our communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and Hawaiʻi. In addition to providing catalytic and transformative funding resources, our staff will serve as partners on business model development, negotiations, financial matters, and other capacity building issues as they emerge.  As a result of this partnership, our grantees will be empowered to carry forward solutions to the issues we seek to address long after we close our doors.

We recognize that there are many excellent organizations. We do not accept unsolicited proposals or requests for funding. Foundation staff and directors will contact those organizations whose work they seek to support. 

Everyone should have access to the food they need to live an active, healthy life.

Photo: San Francisco Marin Food Bank, a Stupski Foundation investee

In a place with so much wealth, everyone should have consistent access to nutritious food. Yet one in three people in San Francisco and Alameda Counties cannot afford or do not have access to enough food to eat three nutritious meals a day. Keeping up with the rising cost of living can be a constant struggle, and too many people are forced to make trade-offs between paying rent and feeding themselves and their families. By 2029, the Stupski Foundation commits to ensure members of our communities have the food they need to lead an active, healthy life. We’re investing in solutions that not only feed people today, but also expand the capacity of the system to provide food in the future.

Every child – regardless of income – should have an equal opportunity to thrive.

The first three years of a child’s life establish the foundation for their development. Neuroscience and social science research point to the importance of healthy stimulation – hearing words and numbers and interacting directly with an attentive caregiver – to set children on a lifelong path to educational and employment success.

Yet, it can be challenging for working parents and single parents who do not have access to affordable child care or early learning programs to maximize high-quality interactions with their children. Growing up in stressful environments and experiencing trauma can also hinder early brain development and a child’s ability to reach their full potential. One-third of children from birth to to age 3 in San Francisco and Alameda Counties are part of families struggling to make ends meet and are more likely to experience health, behavior, and learning challenges. By 2029, we commit to ensure that these children have the medical resources and social supports that will help them thrive.

Every youth, regardless of circumstance or resource, should have the opportunities to reach their fullest potential.

Photo: College Summit, a Stupski Foundation investee

In the Bay Area, a place with significant opportunity, all students who desire a college education should have the support they need to achieve their educational goals and unlock an array of careers. However, every year, thousands of students in San Francisco and Alameda Counties graduate from high school, but do not go on to earn a certificate or college degree, making it more challenging to earn enough money to live in the Bay Area. Many more will attend a local community college or public university, but will not graduate — a phenomenon disproportionately affecting students who are the first in their families to go to college, students who come from low-income households, and students of color. Meanwhile, the need for higher education and technical training for jobs has increased dramatically and will continue to grow.  

We believe in an inclusive Bay Area where all students can access the region’s vast economic opportunities. By 2029, we will ensure that these students enroll, persist through, and graduate with the skills they need to pursue their career goals at the same rates as any of their peers.  

No less than what we need, no more than what we want.

Everyone should be able to make choices about the care they want and live free from unnecessary suffering as they approach the end of their life. The Bay Area is home to some of the best hospitals and clinicians in the world. Yet, patients with serious illness report alarming levels of physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering. One in four patients nationwide experienced unmet needs for pain, half suffered from a lack of emotional support, and almost two in three had spiritual or religious concerns. Each year, thousands of people in San Francisco and Alameda Counties are diagnosed with a serious illness and learn they are likely within the last year of their life. By 2029, we pledge to ensure these patients receive care that reduces unnecessary suffering and respects their wishes.

We want to expand the awareness and understanding of a broader array of options for end of life care and ensure there are systems in place to deliver the care that patients desire. We will do this by exploring new ways for more individuals, families and communities to think, talk and plan for this time of life, by equipping health care providers with better skills and training, and by supporting better public policies that support all these efforts to increase both the demand and the supply of better end of life care.

At this pivotal moment, we see encouraging momentum building and a host of innovations on the horizon.

Good neighbors make vibrant communities.

Image: The Exploratorium, a Stupski Foundation investee

We are seeking to play a catalytic role in our four issue-areas by identifying and investing in a core base of highly effective organizations to drive impact. As we’ve done for nearly two decades, we will also provide support to our local communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and Hawaiʻi for organizations that fall outside of our three core funding areas. We know that vibrant civic organizations are critical to the success of every member of our community.