Today FII proudly accepts the Innovation Award from the San Francisco Foundation. We are joined by Nuestra Casa, artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and community leader Del Seymour who will also be honored during the foundation’s 2018 Community Leadership Awards celebration.
Our greatest hope is that the recognition FII receives from this award helps funders, policy makers, and social sector innovators see that we can trust and invest directly in family-led solutions.
“They don’t have to to wait for us,” said FII CEO Jesús Gerena, in a short film about FII’s trust and invest approach. “They can look at themselves and say wait – how am I undermining these communities? Can I do it differently?”
“FII is accelerating the upwards economic mobility of low-income families by letting them harness the power of their own data through FII’s proprietary, cloud-based technology platform called UpTogether,” reported the San Francisco Foundation in their announcement.
Since 1963, The San Francisco Foundation’s Community Leadership Awards have recognized the Bay Area’s most creative, innovative, and community-driven leaders who address the region’s most pressing challenges.
“The San Francisco Foundation is proud to recognize these outstanding individuals and organizations,” said Fred Blackwell, CEO of The San Francisco Foundation. “They are pillars in our community, and they are on the ground, every day, pushing for greater equity in our region. We are deeply grateful to them for their work.”
With more than $1.4 billion in assets, The San Francisco Foundation is one of the largest community foundations in the country. The foundation is committed to expanding opportunity and ensuring a more equitable future for all in the Bay Area. Together with its donors, the foundation distributed $146 million to nonprofit organizations last fiscal year. The San Francisco Foundation serves Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties.
“We share a radically different approach,” said Ashley Conners Sherwin, FII Vice President of External Affairs. “It’s an invitation to change maybe the way you’re practicing investment. We’re not just looking for dollars. We’re looking for people who want real sustainable change.”