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City Hall was abuzz with positive energy and hope when Bay Area’s most influential power-players, innovators and luminaries gathered on October 15th to celebrate the Full Circle Fund Annual Gala, Rise: 15 Years at Partnering for Good.
The Full Circle Fund is a philanthropic network that brings together leaders from the public, private and non-profit sectors who leverage their time, connections, expertise and funds to accelerate social change in the Bay Area. Over 200 professionals work hand-in-hand with nonprofit organizations in four areas, or “circles”: economic opportunity, education, environment and energy, and health. Each year, members explore the key issues in these areas, identify and vet high-impact nonprofits, and then select a portfolio of nonprofit innovators, or Grant Partners, to affect change.
To mark Full Circle Fund’s 15th Anniversary, this year’s gala honored Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Lyft CEO Logan Green, San Francisco Symphony President Sako Fisher, Mauricio Lim Miller and Joe Lacob and Nicole Curran of The Golden State Warriors.
Gala Co-Chairs, Vivian Wu and Josh Becker led attendees into the 15-Year R15E Gala, which saw over 300 guests. During the Impact Gallery Reception, sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, The Warriors Championship Trophy provided a celebratory backdrop for introducing Full Circle Fund’s new CEO, Steve McCoy-Thompson, and for spotlighting leaders from Beyond 12, Elefint Designs and The San Francisco Foundation. The organizations, individuals and events that have shaped Full Circle Fund’s model of engaged philanthropy were also acknowledged.
The second part of the evening began with a formal dinner program, where honorees were presented with their awards. Sakurako Fisher, president of the San Francisco Symphony, was recognized for her commitment to bridge cultures through music, and was presented with the Orchestrating Advancement in the Arts award; Logan Green, co-founder and CEO of Lyft, was awarded with the Driving Change Award for his commitment to a more social, sustainable and affordable mode of transportation; Netflix CEO and active educational philanthropist Reed Hastings was bestowed the Charting the Course award; Mauricio Lim Miller of the Mauricio Lim Miller & Famiy Independence Initiative, whose mission is to support and accelerate the efforts of low-income families to improve their social and economic mobility, was awarded the “Full Circle Impact” Award; while Joe Lacob and Nicole Curran of the Golden State Warriors were presented with the “Bridging the Bay Award.” In addition to the awards presentation, the Full Circle Fund shared two additional milestones in their history – the release of the 15-Year Impact Study and the latest video, showcasing personal stories from their community of Members and Grant Partners.
With the support of sponsors, host committee and guests, Full Circle Fund raised nearly $400,000, to further accelerate impact in key issue areas of Education, Economic Opportunity, Environment & Energy, and Health.
Since 2000, Full Circle Fund has raised $11 million, partnered with 100 organizations and mobilized thousands of Bay Area professionals to volunteer over 90,000 hours of service. To learn more, visit Full Circle Fund’s 2015 Grant Portfolio, or browse Full Circle Fund’s Grant Partners.