Who We Are

The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund is a private family foundation established in 1953 by Evelyn D. Haas and Walter A. Haas, Jr. that has awarded more than $500 million in grants to date. The Fund is located in San Francisco, California.

Members of the Haas, Jr. family bring their leadership to the Fund through their work as trustees. The late founders’ three children serve on the board. Walter J. Haas serves as Chair of the Fund. He is joined on the board by Robert D. Haas and Betsy Haas Eisenhardt. The trustees also include Ira Hirschfield, President of the foundation.

Through its grantmaking, the Fund aspires to serve as a voice of hope and a positive, unifying force for social change. We also seek to strengthen the bonds of mutual respect among all people to pursue common interests and contribute to the larger community.

The Fund’s work is driven by a staff with experience and knowledge in the areas where the Fund focuses its efforts. This work would not be possible without the talented leaders and dedicated staff of our nonprofit partners.

I always seemed to have a consciousness about people who really struggled with great challenges and adversity, while trying to live positive, productive and healthy lives. Evie and I wanted our Fund to help those in need and to try to make a difference in people’s lives.
- Walter A. Haas, Jr.