Every Child Deserves a Childhood
From summer camp and sports leagues to visiting family and applying for college, children and teens in the foster care system deserve the same opportunities as their peers. The San Francisco Foster Youth Fund helps ensure all kids have access to essential life experiences and enriching activities.
Funding Dreams and Experiences Since 1986
95% of our funds go directly to children and youth in foster care. We pay for essential experiences and items that aren’t covered by state and federal programs, including extracurricular activities, travel costs, self-improvement courses, summer camps, graduation costs, and college scholarships.
Committed to Change
For over 30 years, the San Francisco Foster Youth Fund has enabled thousands of children and teens to pursue their interests and dreams.
Our unpaid Board of Directors is made up of passionate individuals drawn from the fields of social services, law, and accounting. 100 percent of our donations go directly to those impacted by the foster care system.
“I wanted to thank you very very much for the shoes. Literally I cried when receiving the shoes because I was so happy!
I know it sounds cheesy that a person would cry for shoes but I did. I’m so thankful that someone thought about my comfort and safety. I really can’t express how grateful I am with words.“
“Thank you for the financial aid that you have sent for my trip to Wrestling Camp in Oregon and the Pinnacle/Outward Bound Program with which I will be backpacking and canoeing in Washington.
I am glad to inform you that I have been accepted to both these programs and am very excited to start.”
“I’m so grateful to the San Francisco Foster Youth Fund (SFFYF). It supported me while going to community college and becoming independent from the foster care system.
I was able to buy groceries and school supplies with their help. Thank you SFFYF for doing what you do! “
Become a Supporter
Our impact depends entirely on a generous network of donors like you.
With the costs of child-rearing on the rise—not to mention the challenges foster care youth face in a post-pandemic world—your donations are more important than ever. No matter your financial situation, there are ways you can help us support this vulnerable population.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will my donation go directly to youth in the foster care system?
95% of our funds go directly to help children and youth in the foster care system. Our Board of Directors serve as unpaid volunteers, and we work hard to keep operating costs as low as possible.
Q: Does the SFFYF serve children who live outside of San Francisco?
Although some SFFYF recipients may currently reside in other locations, every child and teen we serve originated in the San Francisco area.
Q: What types of activities does the SFFYF fund for individuals in foster care?
We pay for many essential experiences and items that aren’t covered by state and federal programs, including extracurricular activities, travel costs, self-improvement courses, summer camps, graduation costs, and college scholarships.