Episcopal Impact Fund is proud to support the life-changing work of nonprofits and congregations in every part of the Bay Area. Since 2019, we have focused particularly on disrupting the cycle of inter-generational poverty—poverty that keeps children from escaping the circumstances they are born into and securing a better future. We believe that no child’s zip code should determine their future.
In 2022, we prioritized grantmaking to organizations that provide housing to the most vulnerable members of our community. Our grantees work with local communities that are especially at risk—the reentry population, youth exiting foster care and women escaping domestic violence. We are grateful to partner with organizations such as A Diamond in the Ruff that provides culturally centered, stabilizing transitional housing to women and their children who are survivors of domestic violence or who may be experiencing homelessness, and Raphael House, San Francisco’s largest community-supported family homeless shelter. We fund organizations that embrace a Housing First model, which is an evidence-based and effective solution to homelessness. Other grantees such as Beyond Emancipation and 3rd Street Youth Center & Clinic serve young adults and foster youth by providing food, shelter and case management. We are honored to support their work.
Partnering with the City of San Francisco to operate the Lower Polk TAY (transition age youth) Navigation Center, providing shelter, meals and case management to youth and young adults. Additional services include a medical clinic, youth development programs and educational support.
Providing emergency and transitional housing for women and their children in Alameda County who are survivors of domestic violence and experiencing housing and economic instability.
Working with youth exiting foster care, providing housing, coaching and other services to empower youth to achieve successful and independent adult lives.
Providing a variety of programs and services tailored to assist justice-involved individuals successful reintegrate into the community, transition into stable housing, reunify with family, and develop healthy relationships.
Helping foster youth build the skills they need to make a successful transition to self-sufficiency and responsible adulthood.
Providing the only shelter for families experiencing homelessness in Western Contra Costa County. Services include case management, housing navigation and youth programs.
Providing temporary housing to women experiencing violence, addiction and homelessness and their children.
Providing cooperative supportive housing and services to women with children while helping them transition to independent living.
Providing family-centered shelter to low-income families and those experiencing homelessness to help them achieve stability and independence.
Providing home repair and renovation programs for homeowners, renters, non-profit organizations, and community spaces. The work we do creates safer, healthier neighborhoods and makes it possible for people to live in their own homes longer.
Providing compassionate care and critical services to residents of Marin County who are struggling to make ends meet but are not receiving the help they need.
Helping women that are survivors of addiction, violence, homelessness, and incarceration heal, empower, and achieve their dreams, living in their purpose.
Partnering with congregations in Contra Costa County to provide families with shelter and meals in indoor tents 38 weeks per year.
Every year, Episcopal Impact Fund makes grants to fund the outreach work of Episcopal congregations in the Diocese of California. These churches are addressing urgent needs throughout the Bay Area, serving people who are food insecure, experiencing homelessness or who have barriers to accessing high quality early childhood education. This year, we’ve increased our grantmaking by 50% in order to meet the increased need in the community. Episcopal Impact Fund is proud to fund this life-changing work.
Haight Ashbury Community Services (HACS) provides a hot, nutritious meal to up to 120 of its food-insecure neighbors, including families who are unhoused.
All Saints Episcopal Church operates a robust twice monthly food pantry that distributes three large bags of groceries per household to local neighbors. Each food pantry is currently frequented by 300 households – triple the pre-pandemic rate.
All Souls Parish serves a monthly “Open Door” dinner meal to residents of their new affordable senior residence, Jordan Court.
The Homeless Warming Shelter at Christ Church Alameda provides shelter, toiletries, and meals to individuals experiencing homelessness in Alameda. Funding from the Impact Fund supported the expansion of the shower program for unhoused neighbors.
Christ Church Portola Valley & Woodside provides linens and other household supplies to residents of the Life Moves Family Shelter program in an ongoing effort to support families experiencing poverty in their community.
Christ Church Sausalito provides substantial homemade meals to 25-30 food insecure and isolated seniors weekly in the Sausalito/Marin City area.
Episcopal Church of our Savior created new programs to assist isolated seniors and other members of their congregation, including translation services, ESL/literacy, and other much needed support.
Church of the Resurrection maintains a fruit orchard - orange, apple, lemon, grapefruit, and fig - that provides 1500 to 2000 pounds of fruit to Contra Costa Food Bank annually.
The Community Preschool provides high-quality early childhood education at no cost for 1/3 of the children it serves and subsidizes the cost for an additional 1/3.
The Gubbio Project, now fully located at St John’s, provides sacred sleep for unhoused people in need of safe, compassionate respite during the day. The Impact Fund grant will allow the church to refinish damaged floors and install a secure storage system for use by The Gubbio Project.
St Mary the Virgin’s Justice Ministries program provides accompaniment to newly arrived asylum seekers in the Bay Area, helping them secure housing, food, ESL classes and other assistance, as well as much needed social connection and support.
Holy Child supports 50-70 of its neighbors experiencing food insecurity and poverty by providing healthy, fresh delicious meals in collaboration with local Lucky and Trader Joe’s supermarkets.
Santiago will build community and provide enrichment to low-income families with children by sponsoring a free series of Afro-Peruvian music and dance workshops and summer camp for neighborhood children. The church, in collaboration with Indigenous Permaculture, will also provide groceries for participant families.
The Food Pantry provides free, healthy groceries for up to 600 hungry families every Saturday.
St. Francis Free Food Pantry was founded during the pandemic, in response to the increased need in the local community. It supports a neighborhood where more than 20% of residents live at or below the poverty line.
St John’s Church makes and delivers 100-150 nutritious meals a month for low-income and unhoused people in Marin County.
St Mark’s collaborates with Correctional Institutions Chaplaincy to support trauma-informed chaplaincy services to incarcerated people in Santa Clara County.
St Stephen’s Church makes and delivers 100+ nutritious meals a week for low-income and unhoused people in Marin County.
Trinity Church supports Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto by providing back-to-school supplies and Christmas gifts to families in East Palo Alto.
True Sunshine supports their low-income congregants and community with programs, including a no-cost after school program in conjunction with Jean Parker Elementary School.
Grant to the Mission/Bernal CPMC (formerly St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital)
Episcopal Impact Fund is the founding funder of programs at the Mission/Bernal hospital that bring perinatal and pediatric mental health services free of charge to underserved people living in the outer Mission District of San Francisco. This program provides a vital resource for the health and well-being of new mothers and children and ensures that children get the best possible start in life.
Episcopal Impact Fund supports other operations of this safety net hospital, including women’s inpatient care, the newborn nursery and nurse training.
Social Ministry Grants
Using the power of art, creativity, and community to enrich the journey of aging.
Bolstering connections between children and their incarcerated parents during the pandemic by sending children’s books and cards from the parents in jail to their children.
Providing all levels of care for those seeking lasting relief from addiction.
Providing spiritual care and emotional support to some of the most marginalized residents of San Francisco at San Francisco General Hospital.