About the Fund

Gaia Fund is a San Francisco-based family foundation that began awarding charitable grants in 1995. It was established by Christine Russell and Mark Schlesinger, who serve as its sole trustees and, additionally, set grantmaking priorities. As of December 31, 2019, Gaia Fund has distributed grants totaling $21,678,012 and had net assets of approximately $49 million.



Gaia Fund is a member of Bay Area Democracy Funders, Exponent Philanthropy, Environmental Grantmakers Association, Funders' Committee for Civic Participation, Jewish Funders Network, Northern California Grantmakers, Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders, and California Foodshed Funders.