$577 million in grants,
65 years of change­making

Explore our digital timeline to learn more about the Fund’s work and to find out about the heroic accomplishments of the leaders and organizations we have the privilege of supporting.

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2017

April

2017

Philanthropy’s role in a challenging time

Stormy White House Photo by Amanjeev

The 100-day mark of the Trump administration is a time of reflection for philanthropy and its partners in the work of advancing rights and creating opportunities for immigrants, LGBT people, and other communities. Haas, Jr. Fund Vice President of Programs Cathy Cha joins the dialogue with three colleagues in an article for the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The article follows up on a presentation the group made at a Northern California Grantmakers debate.  

2016

2016

30 years of sharing

30 Years Season of Sharing

The Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund kicks off its 30th anniversary fundraising campaign. Created in 1986 by the San Francisco Chronicle with leadership from Haas, Jr. Fund co-founder Walter Haas, Jr. and former President Ira Hirschfield, Season of Sharing has raised more than $113 million to help Bay Area individuals and families in need.  

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2014

September 8

2014

Lighting the way for kids and families

The San Francisco Beacon Initiative marks its 20th anniversary as a groundbreaking, citywide effort to create safe, vibrant afterschool places for kids and families. Former Haas, Jr. Fund Vice President of Programs Sylvia Yee and other “Beacon Pioneers” describe the initiative’s impact in a short video.  

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2012

2012

Toward a fair and inclusive society

john powell Photo by Peg Skorpinski ©

The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society celebrates its opening on the UC Berkeley campus. Led by john powell, with ongoing support from the Fund, the Institute brings together researchers, organizers, stakeholders, communicators and policymakers to “identify and eliminate the barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society.”

2010

2010
Walter J. Haas at Presidio Rob Hill Campground with students
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One of the many passions that my parents shared was creating opportunities for people to enjoy great public spaces and to connect with nature... Rob Hill Campground is a tribute to the idea that every single one of us should have the opportunity to camp under the stars, enjoy a s'more cooked over the campfire, and wake up in the woods to the sounds of nature.

Walter J. Haas, chair of the Haas, Jr. Fund at the opening ceremony for Rob Hill Campground
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2009

September

2009

America’s Best Idea

Photo of national park from the Tuan Collection

The Fund supports Ken Burns’ film The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, which airs on PBS to large audiences and rave reviews. The Fund also makes the largest grant in PBS history for outreach aimed at communities underrepresented in national parks.

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2005

2005

Building strength on the field as well as in the classroom

Student Athlete High Performance Center Photo by OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA ©

The Fund makes a $15 million challenge grant to help construct UC Berkeley’s Student Athlete High Performance Center, a state-of-the art facility that houses both sports training equipment and academic resources for student athletes.

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2001

March

2001

Crissy Field opens

Opening of Crissy field

With years of planning and community support, Crissy Field officially opens with a spectacular celebration in San Francisco. The stunning national park attracts more than a million visitors a year.

1999

1997

1997

More art for more people

Photo by SFMOMA ©

The San Francisco Museum of Art establishes the Evelyn D. Haas Exhibition Fund, which supports the museum to present major exhibitions with broad public appeal.

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1997

A thriving park for all

View of Golden Gay Bridge from Crissy Field

The Fund grants $18 million for the restoration of Crissy Field ($13.5 million from the Fund and $4.5 from Colleen and Robert Haas). At the time, this is the largest cash gift in the history of the National Park Service.

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1994

1994

Haas Pavilion

Haas Pavilion Buildings Photo by Peg Skorpinski ©

The Fund makes a lead gift of $11 million to help rebuild UC Berkeley’s sports facility for student athletes. The Walter A. Haas, Jr. Pavilion affirms the university’s commitment to both academic and athletic excellence.

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1989

1989

Building a world of public art

SFMOMA in 2010 Photo by Meg Chang

The Fund pledges $6 million for the construction of the internationally acclaimed San Francisco Museum of Modern Art building.

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1986

1986

Envisioning a park for all people

Crissy Field before and after Photo by THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

The Fund makes a grant to support planning for the restoration of Crissy Field, a former military base in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge, and its transformation into a 100-acre urban national park.

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