Compton Foundation, Inc.
101 Montgomery St., Ste. 850
San Francisco, CA United States 94104-4126
Telephone: (415) 391-9001
Type of Grantmaker
- Family foundation
(yr. ended 2014-12-31)
Total giving: $3,340,570
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 grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:
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
- Economically disadvantaged people
- Low-income and poor people
Year ended 2014-12-31
Assets: $61,857,829 (market value)
Total giving: $3,340,570
Qualifying distributions: $4,223,092