Philanthropy Forward

David Friedman: The earthquake engineer is a member of the San Francisco Foundation's board of trustees and sits on its investment committee. Together with his wife, he has directed up to $3 million over the past two decades to fight poverty through donor-advised funds.

Point-and-click giving

From the Chronicle this past Sunday, October 12, 2008:

The San Francisco Foundation created its donor-advised Web portal in 1999, at a time when only five other community foundations had point-and-click giving. Since then, Web-based giving has become ubiquitous, and San Francisco donors have used the site to send $152 million to Bay Area nonprofits.

"Technology has helped keep donors philanthropically informed," Hernández said. "If there's a hurricane, they can go on our site, see the places we researched to give and - boom! - make a grant."

Dr. Sandra R. Hernández (CEO, San Francisco Foundation) also maintains a medical practice at S.F. General Hospital where she is EVERY Friday, according to the Chronicle. Wow.

And John Killacky, program officer for arts and culture, is amazing -- real mentor figure.


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