Kids journal at Crissy Field

Gifts to a City

The Haas family's local legacy

The San Francisco Chronicle traces the Haas family's generations of philanthropy in the Bay Area, and the impact it's having.

In 1897, Levi Strauss, immigrant founder of the Levi’s clothing company, endowed twenty-eight scholarships at UC Berkeley—and launched a tradition of charitable work that his descendents would carry on for more than a century. This 2007 San Francisco Chronicle article profiles the Haas family’s several generations and traces the impact their philanthropy has had, from the transformation of San Francisco’s Crissy Field to creating equal rights and opportunities for families in the Bay Area and beyond.