Press Room

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.

Recent Press Releases

  • Special Fund Helps LGBT Dreamers Get Work Permits and Relief from Deportation

    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)

  • National Study Sounds Alarm About Nonprofit Fundraising

    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)

  • Nation’s single-largest gift for scholarships to undocumented students announced

    The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund has awarded $1 million to UC Berkeley for scholarships for undocumented students. This will provide scholarship assistance for nearly 200 undocumented students on campus, who come from 20 different countries. (December 2012)

In The News

  • U.S. Should Follow California’s Lead on Immigration

    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)

  • A Different Side of the Immigration Debate

    In this article, Eric Cohen discusses a crucial element of the immigration story that is too often ignored – the barriers preventing millions of eligible immigrants from becoming American citizens. (April 2013)

  • California Forward: Collaborating to Fix Government 

    Five funders, including The James Irvine Foundation, The California Endowment, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund are teaming up in a bold effort to tackle the underlying causes of California’s political dysfunction. (October 2012)