Invest In Neighborhoods Newsletter
January 2017 Newsletter
News & Highlights
A San Francisco for Everyone – OEWD Annual Report 
The City and County of San Francisco recently released the  Office of Economic and Workforce Development Annual Report 2015-2016 . According to Todd Rufo, director of OEWD, “This report…highlights our programs, projects and new initiatives; and offers a snapshot of who we are and what we do as an organization that touches every neighborhood in the City.”  OEWD  has made great strides across seven important areas and works relentlessly to strengthen the city, improve quality of life, and create a San Francisco for everyone. The many areas of accomplishments include an abundance of successes through  Invest In Neighborhoods  to maintain the uniqueness, vibrancy and diversity of our  neighborhood commercial districts . As Rufo explains, “…we provided $12 million in loans and grants to new and existing small businesses, filled 119 storefront vacancies in the corridors, and provided one-on-one assistance to 468 business owners, and strengthened local businesses and their workforce.”  Read more  on the achievements of OEWD which are improving lives in this great city.
Preservation Measures Introduced for the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District
On January 10th, Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Hilary Ronen introduced legislation aimed at preserving and enhancing the prevailing neighborhood character of the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District through comprehensive zoning regulations on new commercial uses. “Calle 24 Latino Cultural District is known for its rich history and with today’s legislation it will continue to be a welcoming place for generations to come,” said Mayor Lee.  Diana Ponce De Leon, project manager in OEWD’s Invest In Neighborhoods (IIN), has been working closely with the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District’s council and the corridor’s businesses and nonprofits to ensure an economically and culturally vibrant corridor. Ponce De Leon stressed the agency’s commitment to district and Joaquin Torres, deputy director of IIN, emphasized “strengthening the cultural district will create an anchor that will benefit new and old residents alike.” Read more…
$1 Million Secures Long-Term Leases for San Francisco Nonprofits
The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, and the San Francisco Arts Commission with key partners announced grants of over $1 million to support 31 social service, child care and arts nonprofit organizations. As part of the San Francisco Nonprofit Sustainability Initiative, 76 community organizations have received $4.5 million over the past two years in financial awards and real estate services to secure long-term leases and affordable spaces while continuing to provide vital services to residents. The initiative deploys a variety of tools to help stabilize nonprofits, including the Nonprofit Displacement Mitigation Fund, which was unanimously approved by Mayor Ed Lee and the Board of Supervisors in October 2014. Read more...
Photo Courtesy of Northern California Community Loan Fund
Three Displaced Nonprofits Seek Relief after Devastating Excelsior Fire
On December 6th, 2016, a destructive fire displaced three crucial non-profit organizations in San Francisco’s Excelsior neighborhood. One building housed the Excelsior Science Workshop, the Excelsior Action Group and the Digital Action Hub. Respectively, these nonprofits serve hundreds of neighborhood children every week in hands-on science exploration; work tirelessly to protect and promote the neighborhood’s vitality; and provide access and opportunities for local youth to create, innovate, and build necessary skills in technology. Until they can rebuild, the organizations are working to secure temporary space to minimize the interruption of vital services to the hundreds of children impacted by the catastrophe. Read more and donate…
In the Wake of an Atmospheric River
The New Year has brought with it heavy rains and gusty winds. As a result, the Bay Area saw flooding and damage resulting from this severe weather. In light of the latest storms, the City and County of San Francisco would like to remind our community of the City's commitment to ensuring that our community partners and businesses have the tools to be prepared for catastrophes. The San Francisco Business Portal provides tips and tools to prepare for and recover from disasters. For more information and resources visit the Preparing for a Disaster and Recovering from a Disaster pages in the Business Portal.
Featured Program: Neighborhood Improvement Project Grants
Invest In Neighborhoods (IIN) utilizes Neighborhood Improvement Project Grants to strengthen small businesses, improve physical conditions, increase quality of life, and increase community capacity. In partnership with SF Beautiful, IIN awarded a small grant to Shoes-n-Feet at 2398 Lombard Street for a new paint job that came just in time to welcome the New Year.  Located in IIN’s Lombard Street commercial corridor, this business has been providing comfortable footwear to the San Francisco area since 2008. This is just one example of how great programs such as the Neighborhood Improvement Project Grants allowed IIN to give a local business a fresh look for the New Year.

Community Events
WARPED MIND: An Art Show Featuring Artists Bryce Wong and Oliver Coreaux
On Friday, January 13th you are invited to WARPED MIND to dive in and explore social commentary on vanity, consumerism and identity through the distortion of classical, everyday imagery and objects. A VIP Opening Reception featuring conversations with the artists and light refreshments will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday the 13th of January. Admission is free but requires a RSVP. The public exhibition will be open and free to the public—no RSVP required—from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 14th; and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 15th. The exhibition curated by Adam Dexter and presented by [AVAILABLE SPACE] will be on display at The Gallery by The Fillmore Heritage Center at 1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115.
Chinese New Year
A Parade and array of festivities to celebrate the Year of the Rooster begin January 21st and run through February 19th. Visit the calendar of events for details and make sure to line up early for the Southwest Airlines® Chinese New Year Parade happening Saturday, February 11th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Market and Second Street to Kearny and Jackson (see parade route). If you cannot make it in person, there will be a live broadcast on KTVU Fox 2 or KTSF 26 (Chinese broadcast) on that day at the same time as the parade. This year's parade promises to warm your heart and electrify your senses, come rain or shine.
Photo courtesy of Southwest Airlines® Chinese New Year Parade website
Jim Marshall’s 1967
What would it have been like to be an ambitious music photographer in San Francisco in 1967? Follow iconic photographer Jim Marshall as he captured some of the most important cultural and social events of the year that defined an everlasting identity for San Francisco. The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) Galleries is pleased to present Jim Marshall’s 1967, a selection of 80 images from
the thousands Marshall took in one fast-paced calendar year. Presented in chronological order in the Ground Floor of City Hall, visitors can follow the artist as he shoots album covers for Jefferson Airplane, cavorts at home with Janis Joplin, shoots in the middle of a mass of Hells Angels, and gets impossibly close onstage with Jimi Hendrix. Jim Marshall’s 1967 is part of a citywide celebration of the
50th anniversary of the Summer of Love.
Exhibition Dates: January 26 – June 17
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 26, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public
Location: San Francisco City Hall, Ground Floor Exhibition + North Light Court Banners
Ninth Annual Neighborhood Empowerment Network Award Celebration
The Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) Awards are dedicated to elevating and celebrating the tremendous work that residents and organizations do every day to make our City an amazing and innovative place to live. The NEN awards ceremony for the winning nominees will be held in the rotunda of San Francisco's City Hall on January 27th, 2016. Make sure to RSVP so you can join the celebration.

Photo courtesy of NEN website
Grants, Technical Assistance and Other Opportunities & Resources

City and County of San Francisco

Request for Proposals 121 - Workforce Services
Proposals due Thursday, January 19 at 5:00 p.m.

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) is proud to issue Request for Proposals (RFP) 121. Through this RFP, funding will be made available to organizations or collaborative partnerships to provide workforce development services for San Francisco residents. It is anticipated that this RFP will guide grant decisions through fiscal year 2020-2021. The specific services being solicited are outlined in the RFP. The full text version of the RFP including a detailed timeline and application instructions are posted to the OEWD website and available for download at

Request for Proposals - 35 and/or 45 Onondaga Avenue
Proposals due Thursday, February 23 at noon PST

The Request for Proposals (RFP) for subsidized nonprofit space at 35 and/or 45 Onondaga Avenue (District 11) is now available. The rentable area of the premises is approximately 3,960 square feet of space at 35 Onondaga and approximately 4,244 square feet of space at 45 Onondaga available for approximately $1 per square foot per month to eligible nonprofits. The full text version of the RFP, including application instructions, are posted and available for download at

The San Francisco Foundation

Grants to Advance Equity
Application deadline staggered by county and organization name – January 24 to February 7

The San Francisco Foundation (TSFF) is excited to announce that the Equity Grants Program application is now open. Please visit the How to Apply page which provides a step-by-step guide and criteria for your application, as well as links to the guidelines for the People, Place and Power pathway grantmaking. TSFF will continue to update the frequently asked questions for your reference. If you have a general query, or one for a particular pathway team, please email with People, Place or Power in the subject line. For undecided or general inquiries, please type General.
Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP)

Call for Proposals - NAP #GenIndigenous Response Fund
The first deadline for groups to apply for this funding is January 30

Native Americans in Philanthropy's (NAP) #GenIndigenous Response Fund will provide grants up to $5,000 to youth organizing groups responding to the current moment in ways that build long-term power for Native youth. This fund will provide grants to organizations playing leadership roles at Standing Rock while considering efforts to support the long term engagement of youth leaders in advocacy efforts. NAP believes that youth engagement, organizing and leadership is central to this movement moment, therefore we will prioritize funding efforts that are Native and youth led. Download the #GenIndigeous Response Fund Guidelines at

San Francisco Tobacco Free Project

Request for Proposals to be released Spring 2017

Be on the lookout for a Request for Proposals (RFP) from the San Francisco Tobacco Free Project. The RFP will be published to solicit proposals for a new cycle of the Community Action Model (CAM) which will provide funding for at least 6 organizations for the period July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. Funded projects will engage and train a cohort of community leaders to conduct community-led research, community education, media campaigns, and stakeholder engagement and organizing activities around their chosen topic area. CAM projects and community leaders will receive on-going technical assistance and support, including orientation and training, to implement the steps of the Community Action Model. Sign up to receive updates on the status of the RFP.

The City and County of San Francisco

2017 Summer Planning Internships
Apply by Friday, February 3 at 5:00 p.m.

San Francisco Planning is looking for bright and enthusiastic interns interested in the planning field to work on a variety of projects this summer (June 5 - August 25). This is a rewarding and valuable experience for those interested in the planning field and who desire introductory work experience or college credit. Interns will conduct research, collect and analyze data, and prepare draft documents for planning work related to urban design, historic preservation, affordable housing, community development, environmental regulations, and sustainable development. The Planning Department is looking for 15 interns for this summer.  All of them will be full time, paid positions.  The 12-week long program will start Monday, June 5th and conclude Friday, August 25th. For more details, visit the information page and apply here.
Justice & Diversity Center

Free Legal Clinic for Nonprofits – Topic: Real Estate
Apply for the clinic by February 3

The Justice & Diversity Center invites nonprofits to apply for a free real estate clinic. To qualify, nonprofits must directly serve low-income and under-served communities in Northern California. Each nonprofit will receive a free legal health check-up across a variety of issues within real estate. Nonprofit organizations must submit an application to be considered for the clinic. To request an application, contact Gloria Chun, Supervising Attorney, at or (415) 782-8970. The clinic will be held Thursday, February 16, 2017.

Foundation Center

Proposal Writing Boot Camp
Courses begin March 29 in Washington, DC; April 12 in New York; and June 6 in San Francisco

These three-day project-based immersion courses focus on the essential knowledge and skills fundraisers need to develop effective foundation proposals. Participants will become familiar with the key components of a competitive grant proposal to a foundation and learn best practices for developing a well-organized budget and a targeted list of foundation funding prospects. Participants will be encouraged to approach their proposal from the funder’s perspective and to think critically about what makes a compelling pitch. Read more and register…


Introduction to Bookkeeping in Nonprofit Organizations
January 18, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30p.m.
This is a nuts-and bolts workshop covering the fundamentals of bookkeeping. It has been designed for those with no formal accounting background. Topics reviewed are the accounting equation, how to create and use a chart of accounts, debits and credits, capitalization and depreciation, and cash vs. accrual accounting. The application of debits and credits to everyday accounting transactions is discussed and implemented in theory. Register here.

Training for Trainers: Designing an Effective Learning Program
January 24, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
This workshop will give you a general overview of the theory and application of designing and presenting training sessions. Participants will learn about basic training competencies, the role of the training professional, and actively participate in the design and organization of a training module including: audience assessment, need/task analysis, learning objectives, and evaluation. Register here.

Using Strengths for Personal, Staff, and Team Development
January 26, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Using the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment tool, this course is for those interested in learning how to identify and leverage personal strengths to be more productive, energized, and satisfied at work. Participants will explore how managers can use a strengths based approach in supervision to maximize staff motivation and productivity while strengthening interpersonal relationships. We will also introduce a tool for how to use strengths when developing and working with teams. Finally, we’ll strategize about weaknesses and discuss ways to ensure they do not get in the way of excellent performance. Register here.

Webinar: Racial Equity and Inclusion within Leadership Development Spaces
January 31, 10:00 a.m. PST
Are you interested in discovering what next level leadership development can look like? Leaders from the Greenlining Institute, East Oakland Building Healthy Communities, and Leadership Learning Community created a workshop on racial equity in leadership development that they’ve now adapted to a virtual format. Learn more about the session Racial Equity and Inclusion within Leadership Development Spaces: A Virtual Workshop and sign up here.

Executive Transition Help for Departing EDs
Apply by February 8
Third Sector New England is bringing their program, What’s Next: Leading a Thriving Transition, to the Bay Area on March 20 – 22. If you’re a long-time ED who’s planning to leave your role within the next one to five years, What’s Next can help you prepare your organization and yourself for your departure and ensure ongoing sustainability. Over three days, participants will engage in strategic discussions and exercises on sustainability planning, leadership transitions, and the personal aspects of both that are unique to long-time leaders. Learn more and register here.

Fundraising Bright Spots Program

Apply by February 10
In case you missed this in the rush of the holidays, CompassPoint is accepting applicants for the next session of our Fundraising Bright Spots Program. Through this intensive 8-month fundraising leadership development program, teams from social change organizations will learn, adapt, and apply practices from successful grassroots fundraising models and individual donor programs to move their critical mission work forward. Apply here.
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