The Oscar For the Best Academy Awards Party Goes To?

Posted by Chris Meza on January 31, 2017

The Saint Francis Foundation for its fundraising event, An Intimate Evening With Oscar! 

That was the clear consensus after last year’s successful, black-tie benefit held at the Fairmont Hotel’s Penthouse Kennedy Suite, one of the most elegant and scenic locations in San Francisco. 

In its second year, An Intimate Evening With Oscar on Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Penthouse promises to be equally as enjoyable and entertaining. 

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Topics: The Ambassadors, Fundraising Event

2016: Another Year Of Terrific Progress

Posted by Kevin Causey on December 27, 2016

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. 

We actually can’t say it enough. If it weren’t for you, we wouldn’t have accomplished all we did this year and lay the groundwork for another banner year in 2017. 

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Topics: Community Building, Giving

Dr. Frank Malin, Phoebe Cowles Receive Bella Farrow Awards

Posted by Kevin Causey on December 15, 2016

One of the great benefits of leading the Saint Francis Foundation is honoring people whose work on behalf of Saint Francis Memorial Hospital changes lives for the better. 

Last Thursday evening, at our 3rd Annual Winter Cocktail Party, aptly named Hope+Holiday this year, we were thrilled to honor Dr. Frank Malin, a beloved cardiologist at the hospital for more than 30 years, and Phoebe Cowles, the San Francisco benefactor whose vision and generosity have helped us create a first-of-its kind pain management center at Saint Francis. 

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Topics: Philanthropy, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital

Save The Date: An Intimate Evening With Oscar

Posted by Markam Miller on November 17, 2016

And the first winner is . . . HSBC Private Bank. 

Save the date for An Intimate Evening with Oscar, one of the most festive and exclusive Oscar parties in San Francisco.

The Saint Francis Foundation Ambassadors are pleased to announce the popular event will return on Sunday, February 26, 2017. HSBC Private Bank is our inaugural 2017 corporate sponsor! Thank you to HSBC and Josh Morgan for your support of the Ambassadors and the LGBT community. 

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Topics: Ambassadors, Saint Francis Foundation

Tenderloin Pride

Posted by Steve Gibson on November 10, 2016

In the Tenderloin, too often the focus is on the negative. But there is another side of the city’s most diverse neighborhood that doesn’t get as much attention: the Tender side of the Tenderloin. 

In the past few weeks, the Tenderloin’s sense of community purpose and pride has begun appearing all over the neighborhood. More than 70 banners have been raised on street poles expressing the unique character of community. 

In different ways, the colorful banners all communicate the same positive message: This is a community that cares and has pride. 

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Topics: Tenderloin HIP, Tenderloin Community

The Giving Generation and Making Charitable Work Accessible to Young Professionals

Posted by Daniella Vallurupalli on September 29, 2016

It’s true. Millennials are not doing things the same way that other generations have done them. For starters, we aren’t working the same way, we aren’t spending the same way, and we aren’t marrying in the same way. The same can be said when it comes to giving to our communities. Far from the stereotypes played out in the media, millennials are often more generous and more focused on working with others. 

If anything, millennials should be known as the giving generation. 

The data paint a different portrait than what many assume about millennials. For example, the 2016 Millennial Impact Report found that 46 percent of millennials had volunteered for a cause affiliated with a social issue they care about in the last 30 days. Even more impressive, 52 percent had donated to a cause affiliated with a social issue they care about in that same time period. The 2015 Millennial Report also supports this trend and shows that millennials in the workplace are 44 percent more likely to volunteer if a supervisor does. They are 65 percent more likely if other co-workers participate. 

Whether it’s through a corporate volunteer program, or getting involved with charitable organizations completely on our own, millennials are looking for ways to get involved with organizations—and we’re making a big impact.

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Topics: Philanthropy, The Associates

Lola Bugatto, A Champion of Saint Francis

Posted by Markam Miller on September 23, 2016

       Photograph by Drew Altizer Photography

Lola Bugatto, a loyal and faithful friend to the Saint Francis Foundation and Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, passed away on September 19, 2016 after a battle with lymphoma.

Lola had been a strong supporter of and donor to the Saint Francis Foundation for more than 20 years. She first became involved with the Foundation through the Holiday Hob Nob on the Hill, which was a Saint Francis tradition for 25 years.

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Topics: Philanthropy, Saint Francis Foundation

Addressing Homelessness: Moving Forward Together

Posted by Kevin Causey on August 9, 2016

The tremendous amount of media coverage about San Francisco’s homeless problem on June 29 has presented a great opportunity to examine a problem our city desperately needs to solve. I write today as one charged with overseeing a foundation grant-making process that supports this type of work; that is, I write as a funder. 

In our view, as with the many issues we are working with in the Tenderloin, the solutions need to be in scale with the scope and size of the problem. The problem grows exponentially larger than incremental solutions, thus the way forward needs to be systemic and expansive. 

As a starting point, solutions must be based on the assumption that we have a moral obligation to help people in need. However, at the same time, we must be guided by practicality. That means framing the issue in terms of the cost (literal as well as metaphorical) to the overall community’s health and well-being. It also means working together much more effectively to implement a comprehensive plan. Money can go a long way to solving the problem, but we have to look at overall costs and related investments differently than we have in the past. 

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Topics: Boeddeker Park, Tenderloin HIP

Bothin Burn Center At Saint Francis Gets Even Better: $16 Million Investment In Facility, Technology and Treatment Services

Posted by Markam Miller on August 2, 2016

Several years ago, Lisa Nash was admitted to the Bothin Burn Center after a freak gas pipe explosion burned nearly 40% of her body. Within minutes of the accident in downtown San Francisco, she was being treated at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, one of the nation’s renowned burn units. 

Over the course of several months, Saint Francis surgeons performed five major surgeries on Lisa. Working with nurses and the entire team at the Bothin Burn Center, Lisa had to learn how to walk again and reimagine her life. 

Today, after making a complete recovery, Lisa is the Co-Founder of Entrepreneurs for Hillary and recently ran Blue Planet Network, a nonprofit organization bringing clean drinking water to 1.5 million people around the world. 

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Topics: Saint Francis Foundation, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital

Tenderloin Sunday Streets: A Terrific Community Celebration

Posted by Jennifer Kiss on July 14, 2016

Sunday Streets, held in the Tenderloin last weekend, is another telling indicator of where the Tenderloin is headed.

A program of Livable City, in partnership with SFMTA and the City and County of San Francisco, Sunday Streets is an annual party spread over 12 city blocks that transforms the neighborhood and brings residents and visitors to the heart of the community for a day of fun. 

Car traffic is halted, and the streets come alive with families, children, pets, and other fun-seekers exploring the city. A host of non-profit, business and local exhibitors participate and turn the streets into playground for all to enjoy.

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Topics: Tenderloin Community