About the Foundation

The Christensen Fund is a private foundation founded in 1957 and based in San Francisco, California. We are a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization governed by an independent Board of Trustees which delegates authority for grantmaking and operations to the Executive Director and senior staff of the Fund.

Since 2003, the focus of our work has been biocultural diversity. Under this complex, holistic approach, we seek to support the resilience of living diversity at landscape and community level around the world in partnerships with Indigenous peoples and others. Our grantmaking programs are currently focused around five special geographic priority regions and selected global biocultural initiatives, alongside some work in the San Francisco Bay Area community.

Throughout our Programs and relationships, we give special attention to realizing the aspirations and enhancing the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which you can find here. UNDRIP is also foundational to our grantmaking processes, in particular in relation to self-representation and Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) for all activities, and for issues of the use and control of intellectual property arising from the work we fund.

To download an explication of the Christensen mission, click here.

In the video below, Dr. Ken Wilson, former Executive Director of The Christensen Fund, describes the foundation’s focus on biocultural diversity.

The Christensen Fund – Maintaining Biocultural Diversity