The Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative complements San Francisco’s funding of nonprofit services and resources for low-income residents and aims to maintain and expand these vital services by deploying financial assistance, professional services, assessment tools and other resources to address key challenges facing the sector, including the high costs of real estate.
Since the first grants were awarded in May 2017, organizations supporting youth, seniors, immigrants, domestic violence survivors, artists and people with disabilities have received funding for lease stabilization, space acquisition and strategic restructuring. Nine of the twelve acquisition grants have been awarded to Black, Latinx, Asian and Filipina-led organizations. All have been awarded to organizations substantially serving San Francisco’s communities of color. Since 2017, the NSI has provided grants to support the acquisition of over 157,000 square feet of nonprofit-owned space and the stabilization of over 273,000 square feet of nonprofit-occupied space.