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Funding priorities:

The William G. Irwin Charity Foundation makes capital grants in California and Hawaii.

Staff Contacts

Melissa Morazán, Senior Program Officer
mmorazan@pfs-llc.net
415-561-6540 x244

Aki Amai, Grants Manager
AAmai@pfs-llc.net
415-561-6540 x218

Mailing Address

William G. Irwin Charity Foundation
1660 Bush Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94109

Application Process

The foundation accepts applications exclusively through an online application process. Applications for the upcoming funding cycle will be accepted online between January 17, 2023 (applications open at 12:00p.m.) and January 30, 2023 (application deadline is 12:00p.m.), and will be considered at the March 2023 board meeting.

Please note, the foundation requires awarded grantees to wait three  years (from the last decision date) before reapplying. If your application is denied, we ask that you wait one year before reapplying and that your next application is for a different project from the one previously denied.

The foundation board meets four times per year. The timeline for the next grantmaking cycle will be announced after the December board meeting.

  • Most grants are given to organizations serving the Greater Bay Area.
    The foundation primarily funds organizations serving basic needs (shelter, food etc), medical facilities and schools.
  • Organizations need to raise 75% of project funds prior to applying. However, if the applicant believes they will reach that mark by the time the board meets or soon after, they may go ahead and apply. Additionally, if the applicant is asking for the full cost of the project to be funded OR if the request will help them reach the final cost of the project, then the 75% requirement does not apply.
  •  Board members review all applications. If the application is moved to the next phase, a board member will reach out directly to schedule a phone call or site visit to further discuss the project.
  • Grant requests should generally fall under $200K, in particular if the organization has never received a grant from the foundation.

Reporting Process

If you have an active grant with the foundation, please submit your final reports to Aki via email. In the subject line of the email, please make note that the report is for the Irwin Foundation grant.