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Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund


Last profile update: 04/13/2018
Last grant data update: 06/13/2018

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






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.