Louis R. Lurie Foundation

The Louis R. Lurie Foundation has been making grants in the community for over forty years. Over the past four years the Foundation has been involved in a strategic planning process that has included refinement of its grantmaking guidelines and process. Most recently the Trustees completed the development of a significantly more targeted grant program. As part of this new program the Foundation Board has decided not to continue reviewing unsolicited proposals. Therefore, as of June 1, 2002 the Foundation is accepting proposals by invitation only.

Questions other than those pertaining to the guidelines or submission of a proposal may be directed to Nancy Terry, Foundation Administrator at 415-392-2470.


Mission: The mission of the Foundation is to be an active instrument to improve the lives of youth and their families. In fulfilling its mission, the Foundation intends to heighten skills that develop self-reliance, compassion, self-esteem, respect for diversity, and a strong desire to give back to others in the community. Further, the Foundation encourages mutual support, innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Funding Priorities: YOUTH, ages birth through 18 years, with an emphasis on:

  • Family Support
  • Education
  • Health
  • Cultural Enrichment
  • Recreation

Projects of Priority Interest: The Foundation gives priority to youth-serving community based agencies that have less access to traditional funding sources. The Foundation intends to fund projects that have strong leadership with demonstrated organizational stability. An example would be innovative projects with the potential for high impact in the community or on society, in which the whole family is served.

The Foundation will focus on projects capable of:

  • demonstrating the potential to be replicated;
  • encouraging an entrepreneurial nature;
  • promoting innovation;
  • demonstrating tangible results;
  • addressing root causes;
  • emphasizing prevention;
  • encouraging those being helped to give back to others;
  • promoting understanding for an increasingly diverse society;
  • influencing public opinion and policy as they relate to issues that affect youth.

The Lurie Foundationís giving is strictly limited to organizations providing services within the City of San Francisco. While the Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals for funding, interested organizations may send a two-page letter describing their organization and programs.

The Foundation will respond to inquiries only if it is interested in receiving a full proposal.