The Rosenberg Foundation was established in 1935 by trustees named in the will of Max L. Rosenberg, a San Francisco philanthropist and businessman. Through philanthropy, the foundation "aims to achieve significant and lasting improvements in the lives of the people of California." To achieve this goal, the foundation focuses giving to three areas: Justice and public safety, immigrants' rights and immigrant integration, and accountable development.
Although the foundation gives all over California, it has donated substantially within the Bay Area in the past. In 2009 the Foundation donated $110,000 to the UC Berkeley, Center for Criminal Justice to increase employment opportunities for the formerly incarcerated. Another grant from 2009 for $85,000 was given to Equal Rights Advocates, a San Francisco organization interested in protecting and expanding the rights of women and girls.
The Urban Strategies Council is the recipient of two Rosenberg Foundation grants: One for equitable development in the Bayview Hunters Point community, and a second to promote the goals of the Alameda County Reentry Network. These grants are part of $1.37 million granted this year by the Rosenberg Foundation.
The Urban Strategies Council received $85,000 to help implement, monitor, and enforce the community benefits agreement of the Bayview Hunters Point Redevelopment Plan. The grant will be distributed among organizations in San Francisco's Bayview Hunters Point community to "improve the outcomes of economic development for neighborhood residents".
The second grant received by the Urban Strategies Council, in association with the Alameda County Reentry Network, is for $50,000. This grant will be used to improve public safety by increasing housing and employment opportunities for the formerly incarcerated in Alameda County.
For more information on current Rosenberg Foundation grants, visit Philanthropy News Digest.