Announcing $1.9 Million in Grants to Support Social Connectedness and Belonging Among Older Adults

We are pleased to announce $1.9 million in new grants aimed at fostering social connectedness and a sense of belonging among elders of color in San Francisco. This significant investment underscores our ongoing commitment to addressing racial disparities and enhancing the quality of life for older adults in our community.

“We believe that every older adult deserves to age with dignity and joy,” said CEO Janet Y. Spears. “Our focus on social connectedness is essential to counteract the isolation that many elders face, particularly in the current social and political climate.”

“Our focus on social connectedness is essential to counteract the isolation that many elders face, particularly in the current social and political climate.” 

This round of grantmaking will support a diverse group of nonprofit organizations dedicated to creating inclusive, supportive environments for San Francisco elders. Programs and advocacy that promote social engagement, cultural affirmation, and community engagement are the focus of these core operating grants.

Grant Recipients

The foundation awarded a total of nine grants to long-standing Metta Fund partners serving the unique needs of elders of color. Grant recipients include:

Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services
Bayview Hunters Point YMCA
Chinatown YMCA
Community Tech Network
Felton Institute
Mission YMCA
Openhouse
San Francisco Neighborhood Centers Together
San Francisco Senior and Disability Action

We recognize that for organizations to effectively serve their communities, they must have the resources to build their capacity and advocate for systemic change. This funding not only supports programmatic efforts but also strengthens the organizational infrastructure, enabling sustained impact and growth.

“This docket represents our commitment to providing flexible funding, rooted in the idea that organizations not only need to focus on their mission’s most pressing issues, but also need support in developing their organizational capacity, including staffing and systems,” said Jarmin Yeh, Metta Fund Board Chair.

The goal of this funding is to strengthen the social fabric for elders of color in San Francisco, providing them with opportunities for meaningful engagement and fostering environments where they feel valued and connected. By investing in community driven strategies, Metta Fund aims to bring about lasting change toward greater equity across the lifespan.