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Compton Foundation, Inc.

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Last Updated: 2016-05-11

At A Glance

Compton Foundation, Inc.

101 Montgomery St., Ste. 850

San Francisco, CA United States 94104-4126

Telephone: (415) 391-9001

URL: www.comptonfoundation.org

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $61,857,829

Total giving: $3,340,570

EIN

943142932

BRIDGE Number

7226242465

Background

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.

Program Area(s)

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

Program-Related Investment

The foundation has made a PRI in the form of a loan to be used to introduce clean burning gasifying cookstoves and renewable biomass fuel pellets into the community of Rugerero Genocide Survivors Village near Gisenyi, Rwanda. Historically, the foundation has made PRIs, in the form of loans, to community development organizations and for family planning.

Transformative Leadership and Courageous Storytelling

The foundation supports transformative leadership and courageous storytelling (which, to the foundation, means: a] speaking truth to power; b] using visual art, music, drama, film, writing, and creative social media to amplify critical issues and to blend personal with political, and emotional with intellect; c] disrupting our understanding of the status quo, or giving voice to previously unheard narratives; and d] communication compassion, linking our past to our future, and offering positive visions/dreams of what comes next), inspiring action toward a peaceful, just, sustainable future. The foundation's mission highlights a sense of urgency and a willingness to take risks in order to transform the way we live. The foundation feels that brining forth a positive future requires innovative ways of understanding and naming the problems that we face, as well as new methods for collaboration to solve them. Implicit in the foundation's mission is support for progressive and democratic social change. The foundation will support organizations building the long-term capacity to ignite change as well as providing rapid response and emerging opportunity funding. .

Fields of Interest

Population Groups
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Females
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $61,857,829 (market value)

Expenditures: $4,946,816

Total giving: $3,340,570

Qualifying distributions: $4,223,092