Meet the Federations
The following Federations have been approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for the current campaign: Local Independent Charities, Asian Pacific Fund, Bay Area Black United Fund, Community Health Charities of California, EarthShare California, Global Impact, and United Way of the Bay Area.
America's Best Local Charities
Operating Expenses: 1.6%
Local Independent Charities (LIC) represents local charities finding solutions to our community’s problems and answering the needs of our diversified area. LIC charities do it all: protect children and strengthen families; feed the hungry; enable the poor, homeless and disabled gain independence and security; find relief for the elderly and the sick; and protect and defend animals. LIC member organizations service, educate, and empower citizens in need within the local community - your neighbors.
LIC was founded over 20 year ago on the principles of contributor choice, member inclusiveness and low overhead costs. LIC diligently certifies that it and each of its member organizations meet all eligibility criteria of workplace giving campaigns. We encourage each contributor to find the charities they most want to support and designate directly to those organizations through the workplace campaign. However, if you are unable to choose, your contribution made specifically to LIC is shared and divided among our members.
Please visit www.lic.org to learn more.
Asian Pacific Fund
Operating Expenses: 9%
The Asian Pacific Fund is a non-profit foundation dedicated to strengthening the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community in the Bay Area. Since 1993, we have been committed to increasing philanthropy and supporting organizations that provide vital services to those who need it the most. We also give visibility to the pressing needs of our community, many of which are hidden from view, for example:
- Four of the five ethnic groups with the highest rates of poverty in the Bay Area are API.
- APIs have the highest percentage of households living in subsidized housing in San Francisco (33 percent) and Santa Clara (39 percent).
- In San Francisco, 27 percent of APIs have less than a high school education.
Asian and Pacific Islanders make up over 26 percent of the Bay Area population. Many are newer immigrants and refugees who face poverty, isolation, limited access to healthcare and other challenges. Despite the high level of need that exists within our community, non-profits who serve the API community in the Bay Area receive less than 1 percent of foundation funding.
For more information, please visit our website at www.asianpacificfund.org.
THE BAY AREA BLACK UNITED FUND, INC. (BABUF)
“It’s not about charity, it’s about change.”
Operating Expenses: 14%
Mission Statement – We lead the Bay Area Black Community and our partners in a unified effort to build financial resources that improve individual and institutional capacity.
BABUF’s Guiding Principles
BABUF invests in a set of community assets that create pathways of opportunity regardless of religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation or economic status that facilitate the advancement of the “self” in the built environment.
BABUF is an advocate for solutions that foster the development of programs and services that lead to community empowerment.
BABUF is the hub that utilizes research and data to change community deficits to assets.
BABUF is a focused funder that directs our donors’ investment in a collaborative and responsible manner to ensure an impact towards measurable outcomes.
The Bay Area Black United Fund has been supporting African Americans and other communities-of-color through employee donations since 1979. Through the contributions of workplace campaigns, BABUF supports programs committed to reducing the violence among youth, strengthening families, developing our children and caring for our seniors. By raising money for community-based organizations, BABUF reduces the threat of hardship for these organizations due to financial challenges. Your dollars can make a real difference to many people throughout the Bay Area.
BABUF recognizes that dreams without resources remain only dreams. Whether you give $5, $10, $15 or more, you are the link that creates change. We hope that you will partner with us to make a healthier and more productive community a reality by supporting BABUF and its 50 member agencies.
Visit our website at: www.babuf.org
Community Health Charities
Administrative Fee: 15%
Community Health Charities (CHC) is the largest organization in the country raising money to specifically fund health charities. We support over 50 non-profit health charities fighting life-threatening illness and disease while improving the quality of life for patients and families. These charities provide patient services, education and research. We connect employees to the nation’s most trusted health charities.
• Give: Donate to the health cause of your choice
• Connect: Link to the care and support of a trusted health charity
• Help: Get involved in your community and volunteer
The need is urgent. 133 million Americans face life-threatening health conditions, disability or chronic disease. One in four adults provide care for a chronically ill relative or friend. CHC partners with your workplace to provide all employees the opportunity and convenience of supporting the charity of your choice.
Give. Connect. Help.
Visit our website at www.healthcharities.org
One Environment...One Simple Way to Care for It
Administrative Fee: 14.3%
Since 1982, EarthShare California’s mission is to protect, support and improve California’s natural heritage of clean air, safe water, diverse wildlife, and healthy communities and families by raising funds for leading environmental organizations.
Your support of EarthShare California enables over 80 leading environmental organizations to conserve and restore the best of California and to provide for a sustainable future for our planet. Member organizations of EarthShare California work locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. They educate us and our lawmakers. They buy land to protect open space. They restore and protect habitat
of vulnerable plant and animal species. They teach children to love and respect nature and train young adults to pursue and have a passion for environmental careers. They protect air, and coastal and inland water quality. They research answers to hard environmental questions including global warming and promote government, industry, and individual action.A gift to EarthShare California enables you to embrace a variety of environmental issues in one gift. We share your contribution among all the member organizations. Or, you can also choose to designate your gift to one or more of our member groups. When you designate, we forward your gift on to the organization(s) you select.
Please visit our website www.earthshareca.org or call (800) 368-1819 / Local (415) 981-1999.
Operating Expenses: 11.%
Global Impact is a leader in growing global philanthropy. The organization builds partnerships and raises resources that help the world’s most vulnerable people by providing integrated, partner-specific advisory and secretariat services; campaign design, marketing and implementation for workplace and signature fundraising campaigns; and fiscal agency, technology services and integrated giving platforms. Global Impact works with nearly 100 private sector and over 300 public sector entities to generate funding for an alliance of more than 100 international charities, including CARE, Doctors Without Borders, Heifer International, Save the Children, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and World Vision. Through these partnerships, Global Impact meets real needs with real results by supporting programs focused on clean water, disaster relief and resiliency, economic development, education, environmental sustainability, global health and child survival, human trafficking, hunger, and women and girls.
Global Impact’s homepage is: www.charity.org
United Way of the Bay Area
Real People. Real Results.
Administrative Fee: 15% (with a $500 cap)
In the Bay Area, we aren’t willing to sit on the sidelines and watch our community struggle. That’s why United Way is not only creating change through our five core programs, we’re harnessing the power of nonprofits, government, corporations, and thousands of individuals like you. Our movement to cut Bay Area poverty in half by 2020 is delivering real results and transforming lives. We’re on the front lines, our five core programs deliver real results:
SparkPoint Centers provide one-stop community access to a full range of services. One-on-one financial coaching helps people secure good jobs, get out of debt, and achieve financial stability. We’ve helped 2,796 people move towards financial stability in the last year.
Community Schools transforms public schools into community “hubs,” providing families with services such as food pantries, health care, and after-school programs. This allows children to focus on school instead of basic needs, leading to higher academic achievement. We plan to expand our sites from 48 to 200 by 2020.
The 211 helpline received 192,849 calls and connected Bay Area residents to food, shelter, health care, and other vital services last year. Instead of multiple calls leading to dead ends, 211 callers reach a trained specialist who assesses their full scope of needs and matches them to the right services.
Earn It! Keep It! Save It! (EKS) provided free tax preparation to 71,382 low-income households this year, bringing $78 million in refunds back into our local economy. We ensure low-wage workers get the tax credits they are entitled to which can amount to more than $5,000 – a significant boost to a struggling family.
MatchBridge prepares urban youth for the workplace and places them in jobs and internships. MatchBridge members receive professional development, career counseling, and access to job opportunities. Last year we placed 6,817 youths in jobs and internships. Working increases their ability to be financially secure as adults.
Visit our website to learn more: www.uwba.org
For more information about the Federations, please contact San Francisco Combined Charities Campaign at Combined.Charities@sfgov.org