Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund
|Legal status||501(c)(3) private foundation|
|Headquarters||San Francisco, California, United States|
|Cathy Cha |
|Walter D. Haas|
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, 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.
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."
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.
- "Return of Private Foundation". Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr Fund. Guidestar/ December 31, 2014.
- "Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund" (PDF). Foundation Center. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
- 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.
- "Crissy Field". Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy website. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
- "Fund History". Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund website. Retrieved 30 April 2011.