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. Susan R. Clark is the Fund's Director of Programs.
As of December 31, 2019, Gaia Fund has distributed grants totaling
$21,678,012, and has net assets of approximately $49 million.
Please note that effective October 2019, Gaia Fund will not be accepting
or reviewing unsolicited letters of inquiry or proposals. Our website will
no longer link to the online application process. The Fund will continue
to maintain active engagement in the fields it supports and will invite
applications from organizations aligned with the needs and opportunities in
its priority areas of interest.
The Fund is engaged in a program review and planning process, and will announce
any new program directions on this website.
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.