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Susie Tompkins Buell Foundation


Last profile update: 04/12/2018
Last grant data update: 02/12/2018

At A Glance

Susie Tompkins Buell Foundation

(formerly Esprit Foundation)

P.O. Box 29921

San Francisco, CA United States 94129-9921

Telephone: (415) 248-7825


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation






Established in 1990 in CA - Susie Tompkins Buell was the founder and co-owner of the Esprit clothing company. The Esprit Foundation was created in 1990 and supported a variety of organizations focusing on areas such as at-risk youth, AIDS awareness, and direct care, women's issues and the environment. When Ms. Buell left Esprit de Corp. in 1996, she took the foundation with her and eventually renamed it the Susie Tompkins Buell Foundation. The foundation retained the original mission and areas of funding, including a women and girls lens, which screened organizations for their inclusion of women and girls, not only as recipient of services, but also for their representation on boards and staff

Purpose and Activities

Primarily funds programs that improve the lives of women and girls, with emphasis on programs aimed at 1) creating an awareness of social responsibility, 2) promoting civic participation, 3) leadership development, and 4) activism training.