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Page: Our Roots

The Metta Fund traces its history back to 1854, when the German Benevolent Society was established in San Francisco. The purpose of the German Benevolent Society was to find jobs, room and board, clothing, medicine and financial support for the newly-arriving German immigrants who had come to California to strike it rich in the Gold … Continued

Page: Who We Are

Our Mission Metta Fund is a private foundation whose mission is to improve health in the City and County of San Francisco. The foundation is dedicated to supporting dynamic nonprofits that work toward lasting, systemic change. Our Values Diversity Supporting a culture that values diverse perspectives and experiences Partnership Forming active and deep partnerships with … Continued

Page: From the Field

Highlighting the shared impact of partners and like-minded advocates working within our sector

Page: Stories of Impact

See how our grantees and partners are working to solve San Francisco's toughest health challenges.

Page: Partnerships

Our philosophy is that partnerships are imperative for lasting change. Metta Fund partners with organizations to exchange ideas, share resources, and work jointly to accomplish a mutual vision of a healthy San Francisco. Our goal is to broaden the reach of our philanthropic investments by working in collaboration with government, not-for-profit organizations, and academia when … Continued

Page: FAQ

FAQ Answers to frequently asked questions. Can't find what you're looking for? Contact us. What does Metta mean? Metta is Sanskrit for loving-kindness. The word was chosen to capture the essence of the foundation’s roots; its meaning is similar to benevolent, which recalls the name of the predecessor organization, the German Benevolent Society. Read more … Continued

Page: Grants Awarded

Search our grants Metta Fund’s online grants list shows programmatic grants beginning with the year 2012. We encourage you to learn more about the work of these organizations by clicking on the grantee name to be directed to their website. Fiscally sponsored organizations display the name of the Project in the Organization Name column, not that … Continued

Page: Grantmaking

Our grantmaking is guided by our mission of improving health in the City and County of San Francisco. We achieve this by: Supporting nonprofits in the community More Developing community partnerships More Our grantmaking is aimed at long-term change for a healthier San Francisco. Through deep relationships with our grantees and other partners, we prioritize … Continued

Page: Healthy Eating and Active Living

39% Of San Francisco youth were designated as “high risk” for obese body composition 18.3% Of children and teens in San Francisco who consume the recommended five or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily 0 Number of full-service grocery stores in the Tenderloin, a 50-square-block area with 70 corner stores 15  Minutes Time adults … Continued

Page: Access to High Quality Health Care and Services

Although San Francisco has many high quality health care centers and primary care doctors, some city residents still struggle to access the services they need. In particular, health care access is a challenge for the city’s low-income residents, those who lack health insurance, and non-native English speakers. Metta Fund does more than support health services … Continued