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Compton Foundation, Inc.


Last profile update: 04/15/2018
Last grant data update: 05/25/2018

At A Glance

Compton Foundation, Inc.

650 California St, 7th

San Francisco, CA United States 94108

Telephone: (415) 391-9001


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor






Incorporated in 1972 in NY as successor to the Compton Trust; reincorporated in 1992 in CA - The foundation's history began with the vision of Dorothy and Randolph Compton, a vision which they later passed on to their children. John Parker, the youngest, left Princeton University after his freshman year to train with the 10th Mountain Division and fought in the Italian Alps in World War II. Near the small village of Iola in the mountains north of Florence, a sniper's bullet ended his promising young life. The untimely death of John Parker, the tragic loss of so many young people, and the impact of the war on the whole world moved Dorothy and Randolph to establish a charitable trust in 1946. The trust was converted to a foundation in 1972. The grantmaker is a signatory to Philanthropy’s Promise, an initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). By signing on, the grantmaker has committed to allocating the majority of its grantmaking dollars to marginalized communities and at least 25 percent to social justice strategies, such as advocacy, community organizing, and civic engagement

Purpose and Activities

The foundation ignites change. It supports transformative leadership and courageous storytelling, inspiring action toward a peaceful, just, sustainable future. Its new mission highlights a sense of urgency and a willingness to take risks in order to transform the way we live. Bringing forth a positive future requires innovative ways of understanding and naming the problems we face, as well as new methods for collaborating to solve them. To accomplish the foundation's mission it provides financial resources to galvanize the movement for progressive and democratic social change.