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Walter and Elise Haas Fund


Last profile update: 03/21/2018
Last grant data update: 11/09/2017

At A Glance

Walter and Elise Haas Fund

1 Lombard St., Ste. 305

San Francisco, CA United States 94111-1130

Telephone: (415) 398-4474


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation






Incorporated in 1952 in CA - Mr. Haas, who died in 1979, was president of Levi Strauss & Co., manufacturers of men's, boys', women's, misses', and children's apparel. Mrs. Haas served as vice-president of the fund until her death in 1990 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 mission of the fund is to help build a healthy, just, and vibrant society in which people feel connected to and responsible for their community. The areas of focus are the arts and culture, economic security, Jewish life, and public education. In addition, continuing support is provided to organizations that have long established ties to the fund.