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Philanthropy Chat: How Is the Economy Affecting Nonprofits and Philanthropy in the San Francisco Bay Area?

San Francisco, CA
November 20, 2008

Anne Wilson, chief executive officer for the United Way of the Bay Area, discusses findings from the United Way's recent survey of Bay Area nonprofits. She shares advice about strategies that nonprofits might employ to remain sustainable during these challenging times in an interview conducted by Janet Camarena of the Foundation Center-San Francisco.

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Anne Wilson Anne Wilson joined United Way of the Bay Area (UWBA) in 1980, and was named the first female CEO in 2000. Under her leadership, UWBA has transformed into a community-impact organization that brings together resources and people to address the Bay Area’s most pressing challenges. To these ends, Anne has championed several UWBA programs, including:

  • Earn It! Keep It! Save It! Bay Area, which last year helped 46,000 hardworking families claim $35.6 million in valuable tax credits and access asset-building resources. Since its inception in 2003, the program has processed more than 114,000 returns for low-wage families, putting $107 million in refunds back in their pockets and back into the local economy.
  • 2-1-1, the three-digit phone number that connects people with community services for every day needs and in times of disaster.
  • Raising A Reader, which each year helps over 10,000 Bay Area preschoolers build critical early literacy skills so they can succeed in school and life.

In addition, UWBA supports another 250 Bay Area community programs with expertise, funding, and other resources.

Anne has a Master's of Social Welfare degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University. She lives in San Rafael, California, with her husband Richard Cohn and their two children.

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