The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
San Francisco Bay Area
As we build toward a future for everyone, we know the work starts here at home.
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Bay Area work is rooted in Mark’s and Priscilla’s commitment to local giving. Their philanthropic work in the Bay Area began before the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative was created. These efforts include their donation to the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center to upgrade equipment and enhance care as well as over a decade of giving to efforts to improve education in the Bay Area, from local school districts, to community groups, and beyond.
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, founded in December 2015, is a new kind of philanthropic organization that brings together world-class engineering, grant-making, impact investing, policy, and advocacy work. The Bay Area has served as a source of inspiration and collaboration across our work from the beginning. We partner with local innovators and researchers on long-term initiatives to advance work in our core initiatives: Science, Education, and Justice & Opportunity. In addition, we work closely with local partners to respond to emerging community needs outside of these initiatives. Our job is to empower local leaders to help expand and scale their efforts.
CZI Community Fund:
In 2017, we launched the CZI Community Fund, our way of supporting community organizations working in the Bay Area—specifically our surrounding communities in Belle Haven, East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks, and Redwood City—to address some of the most pressing needs identified by residents and local leaders. Our first cohort of Community Fund partners includes 41 organizations doing vital work in critical areas identified by the community, like education, homelessness, housing, immigration, transportation and workforce development.
At the core of our Bay Area work is the belief that the people most impacted by the challenges their communities face should lead the development of solutions. The local leaders we support serve their communities firsthand with proven, innovative approaches. Our hope is that the Community Fund can help to provide the resources they need to address urgent needs in real time, and build toward a brighter, more equitable future.
Find more information, and the full list of organizations we’re supporting through the CZI Community Fund, here.
Here in the Bay Area, we support a wide variety of education work, from community organizations and local school districts, including Ravenswood, Redwood City, San Francisco and Sequoia Union, to research institutes and schools developing groundbreaking approaches to education that will help shape the future of the field.
Investing in breakthrough tools and school models that put students, teachers and parents at the center of education is an important part of our education work at CZI. Here in the Bay Area, we’ve worked firsthand with pioneering organizations who are translating emerging research into reliable models that make it easier to personalize learning. These include work on the Summit Learning Platform, a free online tool created by one of our Bay Area grantees, Summit Public Schools, that empowers teachers to customize instruction to meet the needs of each student and for students to learn at their own pace. We also support The Primary School, a new integrated health and education model dedicated to serving children and families in the communities of East Palo Alto and Belle Haven.
Justice & Opportunity:
At CZI, we’re committed to creating a just and inclusive world, where everyone has access to opportunity. The housing affordability crisis is one of the most urgent challenges people experience in the Bay Area. As part of our Justice & Opportunity initiative, we are working with organizations dedicated to addressing this crisis.
We’ve provided funding to Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA), which provides legal services and emergency rental assistance to vulnerable families to help more people stay in their homes. We are supporting a coalition of community organizations and advocacy groups working together to develop regional solutions to housing affordability, and TechEquity Collaborative, a new organization that is working to mobilize tech workers to advocate for those most in need. We’ve supported research on housing through nationally-recognized partners like the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley and Matt Desmond’s EvictionLab. In addition, we helped start a new fund in partnership with Landed, an organization based in the Bay Area that is helping local educators buy homes close to the communities they serve.
To advance toward solving all diseases, we must work together to accelerate biomedical discovery. The CZ Biohub, an independent nonprofit research center located in San Francisco’s Mission Bay, is working to do just that. The CZ Biohub brings together physicians, scientists, and engineers from the University of California, Berkeley, the University of California, San Francisco, and Stanford University to encourage collaborations between these universities.
Led by UCSF’s Joe DeRisi and Stanford’s Stephen Quake, the Biohub’s projects combine top scientists and engineers with the most advanced technologies to help solve the world’s biggest health problems.