Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund

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Evelyn and Walter Hass, Jr. Fund
Legal status501(c)(3) private foundation[1]
HeadquartersSan Francisco, California, United States[1]
Cathy Cha [1]
Walter D. Haas[1]

Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund is a private foundation established in 1953 by Evelyn D. Haas and Walter A. Haas Jr. As of 2016, the Fund has awarded nearly $577 million in grants.

Based in San Francisco, California, the Haas Fund supports nonprofit organizations and initiatives in five main program areas: Immigrant Rights and Integration; Gay and Lesbian Rights; Education Equity; Nonprofit Leadership; and Community Partnerships and Initiatives.

The foundation supports San Francisco Bay Area institutions such as UC Berkeley and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,[3] and local efforts such as the San Francisco Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund and the transformation of Crissy Field from a military base to an urban national park.[4]


Haas's great-great-uncle Levi Strauss, an immigrant from Bavaria, arrived in San Francisco in 1853 and started a dry-goods house that grew into a prosperous business and eventually became Levi Strauss & Co. A donor to organizations serving children and the poor, as well as UC Berkeley, Strauss was credited in a 1902 obituary for his "numberless un-ostentatious acts of charity in which neither race nor creed were recognized."[5]

Evelyn and Walter's three children and three grandchildren are the foundation's Board Directors: Walter J. Haas, Rober D. Haas, Betsy Haas Eisenhardt, Elise Haas, Jesse Eisenhardt, and Walter A. Haas.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Return of Private Foundation". Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr Fund. Guidestar/ December 31, 2014.
  2. ^ "Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund" (PDF). Foundation Center. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  3. ^ Guthrie, Julian (1 July 2007). "THE HAAS LEGACY How one family's generosity and commitment to civic life are transforming the Bay Area". SF Gate. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
  4. ^ "Crissy Field". Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy website. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Fund History". Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund website. Retrieved 30 April 2011.

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