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Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund


Last Updated: 2016-10-31

At A Glance

Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

114 Sansome St., Ste. 600

San Francisco, CA United States 94104-3814

Telephone: (415) 856-1400


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $485,741,754

Total giving: $28,040,353






Incorporated in 1953 in CA - The late Walter A. Haas, Jr. was Pres., C.E.O., and Chair. of the board of Levi Strauss & Company from 1958-1981. Haas was the great grand-nephew of Levi Strauss, the founder of the company. In 1953, he established the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund with his wife, Evelyn. 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 focuses on five primary issue areas: 1) Immigrant Rights and Integration; 2) Gay and Lesbian Rights; 3) Education Equity; 4) Leadership development; 5) Community Partnerships and Initiatives. The foundation works to advance the following beliefs: that immigrants should have equal opportunities to become fully engaged citizens; that gays and lesbians should have equal marriage rights, as well as other protections; and that all people should have equal access to a quality education, to civic and cultural assets, and to programs offering vital services to communities in need.

Program Area(s)

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

Community Partnerships & Initiatives

Over the decades, the fund has been a leading supporter of many of the organizations and institutions that make the Bay Area the special place that it is. Today, it is building on this work through special partnerships and initiatives that create more opportunities for more people to enjoy the benefits of living in this community that we feel privileged to call home. Grants in this area are by invitation only and are generally made to organizations with whom the fund has had a long term relationship.

Education Equity

The fund has been an active supporter of programs that provide young people with important life skills. The fund is currently focused on an emerging public-private partnership in San Francisco aimed at closing the racial and economic achievement gap by grade three. It is also continuing to explore how to increase academic success and completion rates of community college students in the Bay Area. .

Employee Matching Gifts

The fund matches the gifts of all staff members with a minimum of one year of service to 501(c)(3) organizations. The gifts are matched on a two-to-one ratio, up to $5,000.

Gay and Lesbian Rights

The fund is a leading supporter of gay and lesbian equality, based on our founders’ vision of a just and caring society where all people are able to live, work and raise their families with dignity. The fund is working with an array of partners to achieve the gains needed to tip the scales once and for all in favor of equal rights for gays and lesbians nationwide. It has three funding priorities in this area: 1) Achieve marriage equality in more states; 2) Advance nondiscrimination protections at all levels of government; 3) Build support for gay equality in communities of faith. .

Immigrant Rights

Working with its partners at the local, state and national levels, the fund strives to make sure that today’s immigrants are part of a society that welcomes their contributions, respects their humanity, and rewards them on an equal basis for their hard work and ideas. It has three funding priorities in the area: 1) Strengthen public understanding about the need for comprehensive immigration reform at the national level; 2) Increase civic participation among immigrants in California; 3) Support public education about the need for immigrant-friendly state and local policies in California. .

Nonprofit Leadership

Strengthening nonprofit leadership is a key grantmaking priority for the fund. The fund is addressing the leadership needs of the nonprofit organizations it supports, and exploring new approaches to strengthening leadership in the fields and movements in which it works. It has two funding priorities in this area: 1) Invest in the leadership of Haas, Jr. Fund grantees so they can more effectively achieve their social change goals; 2) Advance knowledge and learning about nonprofit leadership. .

Fields of Interest

  • Community college education
  • Early childhood education
  • Education
  • Immigrant rights
  • Leadership development
  • LGBTQ rights
  • Nonprofits
Population Groups
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Immigrants
  • Immigrants and migrants
  • LGBTQ people
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $485,741,754 (market value)

Expenditures: $35,130,154

Total giving: $28,040,353

Qualifying distributions: $33,690,414

Giving activities include:

$27,645,683 for 300 grants (high: $4,600,000; low: $500)

$387,220 employee matching gifts

$836,069 for foundation-administered programs

$7,450 for 1 in-kind gift