San Francisco Bay Area

As an institution that celebrates diversity, The Christensen Fund is fortunate to be headquartered in San Francisco, a cultural crossroads renowned fo...

As an institution that celebrates diversity, The Christensen Fund is fortunate to be headquartered in San Francisco, a cultural crossroads renowned for its forward thinking, diverse identities and human creativity. In the midst of this richness, however, we can never forget the environmental and cultural abuses that characterized the settlement of California, including the lack of recognition of First Nations and territorial rights of the many Native Peoples on whose ancestral lands we live and work.

Indigenous Peoples in the Bay Area are reclaiming their roles as expert stewards of the state’s land, water and resources, all while reconnecting with their cultures and ancestral territories. To support their efforts, our Bay Area Program makes grants around two themes: Bay Area Native Peoples and Landscapes and Building Understanding and Engaging Communities.

The strategic priorities of our grantmaking under these themes include:

  • Supporting local Indigenous groups to reconnect and restore their relationships with ancestral territories and cultural sites
  • Backing efforts to sustain and revitalize cultural Indigenous identities and traditions across generations
  • Supporting the integration of Indigenous perspectives and traditional ecological knowledge and other meaningful ways in which Western and Indigenous sciences can work collaboratively
  • Supporting ways that Native Californians are networking and collaborating — locally, nationally and internationally — to advance Indigenous Peoples’ rights and strengthen biocultural diversity in the Bay Area
  • Assisting local Indigenous communities to inform the people now living in the Bay Area of their histories and of the continuing Indigenous presence

Local Giving Program

The Christensen Fund’s non-program staff who are residents of  the Bay Area also operate a Local Grantmaking Program to support local non-profits working in social justice, educational opportunity, local food systems and community development activities that are important but not necessarily intimately connected to our mission.  We feel these grants are part of our local citizenship in this community and connect us with many dynamic initiatives and courageous people who make the Bay Area home.

These grants are made by invitation only. To see past examples of the Local Giving Program, click here.

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Next application window:Aug. 1 -Aug. 31


GRANTMAKING TEAM


Daisee Francour

Daisee Francour

Christensen Fellow
Milena Miyashiro

Milena Miyashiro

Grants Manager