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Fostering sustainability through a spend-down lens

The Hellman Foundation is dedicated to fostering equity and opportunity in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

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Seeking to address local needs and amplify the impact of their nonprofit partners, the Hellman Foundation entered into a partnership with Catchafire to provide additional support to their grantees. 

Catchafire has proven to be an invaluable resource, playing an important role in our capacity-building efforts and supporting our recently announced strategic spend-down plan. The platform helps our nonprofit partners build their long-term sustainability so they can focus their efforts on meeting the immediate needs of communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Annie Ulevitch
Executive Director
The Hellman Foundation


Over five years, volunteers on Catchafire have created $1.5 million in nonprofit value, offering needed assistance to nonprofits dedicated to urban green space, health equity, and education.

In response to the recent announcement of a ten-year spend-down agenda, Catchafire's capacity-building resources are even more valuable. The platform serves as an important tool to support grantees, address urgent community needs, and lay down groundwork for long-term sustainability. 

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The collaborative efforts between the Hellman Foundation and Catchafire underscore a proactive approach to address pressing community issues and create organizational sustainability through a spend-down lens.

This commitment ensures that Bay Area nonprofits will have access to essential resources to thrive and enhance the quality of life in their communities.

Catchafire has been an amazing go-to resource for big projects that we don't know how to tackle 100% internally. Our first question when planning how we'll take on a big project is—can we find someone on Catchafire for this? We've had help accomplishing projects that will continue to positively impact our staff for years to come. 

Mari A.
Director of Development & Communications
At The Crossroads


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