San Francisco Bay Area

As an institution that celebrates diversity, The Christensen Fund is delighted to be headquartered in San Francisco. The Bay Area is a kind of Paci...

As an institution that celebrates diversity, The Christensen Fund is delighted to be headquartered in San Francisco. The Bay Area is a kind of Pacific cultural crossroads and is a place renowned for it’s forward thinking explorations of systems and of holistic thinking, of diverse identities and human creativity. And of course, we are surrounded by landscapes and seascapes of incredible power and beauty. In the midst of this richness, we can never forget the scale of environmental and cultural abuses which have characterized the settlement of Northern California, and the many ongoing and unresolved issues, including the lack of recognition and territorial rights of the Indigenous Ohlone, Coastal Miwok, Wappo and Pomo Peoples on whose ancestral lands we live and work.

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Next application window:Aug. 1 -Aug. 31

Primary Themes for Grantmaking

The Bay Area Program has two primary themes:...

The Bay Area Program has two primary themes:

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Local Giving Program

The Christensen Fund’s non-program staff who are residents of  the Bay Area also operate a Local Grantmaking Program. Here,  small grants are made to local non-profits supporting social justice, educational opportunity, local food systems and community development activities important to this community but not necessarily intimately connected to our mission.  We feel these grants are part of our “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 examples of this work in the past, click here.

Geographic Guidelines

Grantmaking efforts prioritize projects that are located in or that directly benefit the Bay Area.We are defining the Bay Area in a variety of ways. F...

Grantmaking efforts prioritize projects that are located in or that directly benefit the Bay Area.We are defining the Bay Area in a variety of ways. For the the Building Understanding and Engaging Communities programs, we are using the nine Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma). For the Bay Area Native Peoples and Landscapes program, the borders will be more flexible and encompass the areas traditionally inhabited by the Pomo, Wappo, Miwok and Ohlone Peoples with an understanding that these boundaries are often fluid and often negotiated.

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Program Update

The Christensen Fund is no longer accepting applications under the Diaspora Theme. This shift recognizes the momentum and gains that our Diaspora part...

The Christensen Fund is no longer accepting applications under the Diaspora Theme. This shift recognizes the momentum and gains that our Diaspora partners have made over the past decade but also the ways in which the Bay Area itself has changed. Any Bay Area diaspora partnerships will be led by our other regional programs and will focus more on promoting biocultural themes and Indigenous innovation from those regions. A list and description of grants under the former Bay Area Diaspora theme can be found here.

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GRANTMAKING TEAM


Daisee Francour

Daisee Francour

Christensen Fellow
Milena Miyashiro

Milena Miyashiro

Grants Manager