We believe that no child should be deprived of essential life experiences or enriching activities, even if circumstances have created limitations in their family’s financial resources.
Dramatic increases in the cost of raising children—and in the cost of programs and services that enhance one’s childhood—call for continued efforts to make funds available for at-risk children and youth. The necessity of a college education has never been greater.
By fulfilling these needs, the San Francisco Foster Youth Fund makes a significant difference in the lives of children receiving child welfare-related services. We do our best to say “yes” to any requests or needs our youth may have.
We are proud to help children in one of the most culturally and economically diverse cities in the nation. With a legacy of over 30 years in the making, the SFFYF serves as a model of what can happen when concerned community members work together to see that life always provides rewards for children, even those with the fewest material advantages.
The San Francisco Foster Youth Fund
The San Francisco Foster Youth Fund is organized exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and complies with laws related to non-profit corporations. The Fund has no paid staff members, and all tasks related to fundraising, decision-making, and provision of services are performed by an unpaid Board of Directors, or individual volunteers designated by the board. The Board of Directors is currently composed of 15 members, drawn from the fields of social services, law, and accounting. Board members are elected for three-year terms, and officers of the Board are elected annually.
What We Do
By raising funds and coordinating donations of goods, we provide children with resources that federal and state programs often overlook.
Our scholarships and grants enable us to meet the special, unique needs of countless children and their families. These monetary grants are often provided to a specific child for a particular purpose, and may include:
- College scholarships
- Computer & technology costs
- Lessons & activities (music, martial arts, athletics, etc.)
- Summer camps
- Programs for enhancement of self-esteem
- Family visits and travel costs
- Career-related costs (job training, clothes for interviews, etc.)
- Living expenses (furniture, etc.)
- Field trips
- Graduation and prom-related costs
“Just writing this thank you card to let you guys know how much I appreciate the check for my cheerleading uniform. Thank you!”
Serving San Francisco for Over 30 Years (And Counting!)
The San Francisco Foster Youth Fund (formerly Workers’ Children’s Fund) was established in 1986 by child welfare workers of the San Francisco Department of Human Services (DHS).
The organization was formed in response to what was seen as a serious shortfall in available resources for abused and neglected children who had been receiving services through DHS.
The SFFYF has continued to expand the range of services offered throughout the years, most significantly with the addition of a College Scholarship program in 1991. The SFFYF board has always enjoyed a cooperative relationship with DHS management and staff.