SF Foundation’s Koshland Program Celebrates 30 Years

Pictured, from left to right: San Pablo Councilman Paul Morris; Michelle Myles Chambers of The San Francisco Foundation; Rev. Kelvin Sauls, Daniel E. Koshland Committee; and Evelia Pérez, Koshland Program Coordinator. Photos by Drew Altizer Photography.

Phyllis Friedman, Koshland Committee Emeritus, and Retha Robinson, Koshland Program Director.

By Ashley Chambers The San Francisco Foundation celebrated the 30th anniversary of the organization’s Koshland Program on Thursday, Nov. 15 at the City Club of San Francisco. The Daniel E. Koshland Civic Unity Awards were established in 1982 by the foundation, memorializing one of its founders and benefactors, Daniel E. Koshland, a philanthropist who was committed to making the Bay Area a better place. Over the past 30 years, the Koshland Program has invested in 24 neighborhoods throughout five Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo. “As we look to the future, the Koshland Program will continue to honor and celebrate the many factors that build a strong community: involved residents, strong families, interracial understanding, and a collective appreciation of multicultural diversity,” said Retha Robinson, Koshland Program Director. The celebration included a presentation on Koshland’s legacy by San Francisco Foundation CEO Sandra Hernández and performances by the Richmond Jazz Collective of the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts.

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