The Haas, Jr. Fund is a private family foundation led by the late Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr.’s children. Walter J. Haas is chair of the board of trustees, Robert D. Haas is Treasurer and Betsy Haas Eisenhardt is Secretary.
Longtime Fund grantee Coaching Corps has won the Spring 2014 Mongelli Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement at UCLA. Coaching Corps seeks to level the playing field by connecting motivated college students and community members who serve as volunteer coaches, mentors and role models for girls and boys who live in some of the most under-resourced communities. (July 2014)
Nearly 200 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) undocumented young people have either received or are in the process of receiving two-year work permits and reprieves from the threat of deportation, thanks to a fund made possible by over three-dozen LGBT organizations. (February 2013)
A new national study reveals that nonprofit organizations are stuck in a vicious cycle that threatens their ability to raise the resources they need to succeed. The study found high levels of turnover and lengthy vacancies in development director positions throughout the sector. More significantly, the study points to deeper issues that contribute to instability in the development director role, including a lack of basic fundraising systems and inadequate attention to fund development among key board and staff leaders. (January 2013)
In this San Francisco Chronicle article, reporter Joe Garofoli profiles the Haas, Jr. Fund's early decision to back same-sex marriage, and stay with it for the long haul. "14 years ago, few would publicly support same-sex marriage — let alone put money behind it." Read the full article. (June 2015)
The Haas Pavilion at U.C. Berkeley will soon undergo a major renovation. Fund Chair Walter J. Haas reflected on what the improvements will mean for athletes, coaches and Bears fans, as well as what this gift would have meant to his dad: “My father was a devoted Cal alum, and he believed in the power of sports to galvanize not only a team but the entire community. This gift embodies his legacy.” (August 2014)
Philanthropy leaders, including the Fund's president, Ira Hirschfield, speak out in support of immigration reform. As they state in their joint op-ed, "Getting reform right means keeping our core values front and center, and Californians are showing the way forward." (April 2013)