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We are looking ahead to the future, ever dedicated to finding ways the Fund can make a unique contribution to this very special place in which we live.

Evelyn D. Haas

$601 million in grants,
67 years of change­making

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2019

September
2019

Expanding Equity Efforts at Cal

Two students at University of California, Berkeley looking at a laptop together.

The University of California, Berkeley, receives a $10 million grant from the Haas, Jr. Fund to create a more diverse, welcoming, and inclusive campus. A cornerstone of the gift is $2 million for scholarships designed to bolster the university’s African American student community and their overall campus experience.

2018

2018

Helping Undocumented Students Thrive

College Graduation Photo by COD Newsroom

The California Campus Catalyst Fund announces grants to 32 public colleges and universities to develop solutions for supporting undocumented students. The Haas, Jr. Fund joined with the Chavez Family Foundation, Educators for Fair Consideration, Grove Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation, Hellman Foundation, James Irvine Foundation and Weingart Foundation to launch the initiative. Its focus: helping campuses expand outreach, offer legal and other services, and take steps to create a more welcoming, supportive campus environment for undocumented students.  

April
2018

California Campus Catalyst Fund launches

Dreamer Graduation Photo

The Haas, Jr. Fund joined with the Chavez Family Foundation, Educators for Fair Consideration, Grove Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation, Hellman Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, and Weingart Foundation to launch the California Campus Catalyst Fund, a multimillion-dollar effort to strengthen services and supports for Dreamers at public college and university campuses across the state.

2017

July
2017

Welcoming Raquiba LaBrie

Raquiba LaBrie, a former senior leader with the Open Society Foundations, starts work as program director for the Haas, Jr. Fund’s Education Equity program. Raised in East Oakland, Raquiba comes to the Fund with extensive experience managing grantmaking programs focused on racial justice, immigrant and LGBT rights, education, workforce development and other issues. In her new position, Raquiba directs the Fund’s efforts to close achievement gaps so all students can reach their full potential.

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.  

2015

November 30
2015

Building an inclusive university

U.C. Berkeley

Longtime Haas, Jr. Fund partner U.C. Berkeley is a leader in higher education when it comes to creating an accessible and welcoming environment for diverse students. A wide-ranging report shares lessons from the Cal experience.   

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June
2015

Building a bridge between PreK and elementary school education

School books Photo by Molly DeCoudreaux Photography

The Power of a Good Idea follows the dramatic transformation of the San Francisco Unified School District in its bid to close achievement gaps by connecting PreK and elementary school education.

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2014

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.”

2011

2010

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1993

1993

A new emphasis on children, youth and families

Mother and child

The Fund adopts Children, Youth and Families as a program priority. The focus: supporting efforts to help young people and their families in California to escape poverty and succeed. Fund grants go to afterschool programming, youth development and family support.

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