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Atkinson Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-11-03

At A Glance

Atkinson Foundation

1660 Bush St., Ste. 300

San Francisco, CA United States 94109-5308

Telephone: (415) 561-6540


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2013-12-31)

Assets: $20,203,827

Total giving: $503,840





Additional Contact Information

Tel./fax: (650) 357-1101


Incorporated in 1939 in CA

Purpose and Activities

Primary areas of interest include the disadvantaged and the homeless, child welfare, family planning, and the handicapped. Broad purposes are to help people reach their highest potential and to reach self-sufficiency. Giving for social services, including youth and the aged, education, family planning programs, and international development programs.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Church Activities

Ecumenical and faith-based social services, social welfare; most assistance in San Mateo County.


Secondary schools and community colleges whose programs enhance educational opportunities for all students, and for selected seminaries. Also provides scholarship funds to various institutions, for minority and needy students; scholarships are granted to the institutions which in turn select the individual recipient; focus on San Mateo County.

International Grants

Technical assistance for agriculture, water resources, appropriate technology and economic development in Latin America. Of equal attention are family planning and population control, as well as health. Special consideration to locally-generated programs that build local leadership and that teach or encourage self-sufficiency.

Social/Community Services

Community service and civic organizations which serve children and youth, senior citizens, the handicapped, the disadvantaged, and those who are abused, terminally ill, or in need of rehabilitation; limited to San Mateo County, CA.

Fields of Interest

  • Addiction services
  • Alcoholism
  • Basic and remedial instruction
  • Child development
  • Child educational development
  • Child welfare
  • Crime prevention
  • Economic development
  • Family planning
  • Family services
  • Food aid
  • Higher education
  • Homeless services
  • Human services
  • Immigrant services
  • International development
  • Mental health care
  • Secondary education
  • Senior services
  • Vocational education
International Interests
  • Central America
  • Mexico
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Adolescents
  • Adults
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • Females
  • Homeless people
  • Immigrants and migrants
  • Incarcerated people
  • Infants and toddlers
  • LGBTQ people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Migrant workers
  • Out-of-home youth
  • People of African descent
  • People of Asian descent
  • People of Latin American descent
  • People with disabilities
  • People with physical disabilities
  • People with psychosocial disabilities
  • Seniors
  • Single parents
  • Students
  • Substance abusers
  • Victims of crime and abuse

Financial Data

Year ended 2013-12-31

Assets: $20,203,827 (market value)

Expenditures: $794,230

Total giving: $503,840

Qualifying distributions: $622,407

Giving activities include:

$503,840 for 96 grants (high: $18,000; low: $580)