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For more than 20 years, the Furthur Foundation has been giving money to progressive groups working on environmental and social change issues in the Bay Area and around the world. We focus on smart-thinking groups that are small and close to their target—groups that know their business, share our politics, and spend the money carefully, without a lot of bells and whistles, overhead, and wasted effort.

What We Do

Our working capital is a series of donations from Bobby Weir, given more than two decades ago, and donations from good and like-minded people that stream in throughout the year. This allows the Board to grant anywhere from 30 to 60 thousand dollars a year.

The foundation is managed and directed by Andre Carothers in Berkeley. The financial and accounting side of the foundation is overseen by a team of generous and talented people, including financial adviser (and Board member) Ray Palmarini and attorney Jeffrey Ehlenbach.

Donations are gratefully accepted. Checks can be mailed to 1710 Rose Street, Berkeley, CA 94703. Transaction fee-free donations can be made via the "Donate" button on our Facebook page.

Who We Are

Board of Directors:

Bobby Weir
Carolyn Garcia
Andre Carothers
Greg Miller
Chris Desser
Ray Palmarini

Board Members Emeritus:

Ram Dass
Barbara Whitestone

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Built to Last — 2017 Year-End Update


Our annual meeting is upon us. And with it comes the perennial question: How do we make good on our promise to change the world just a little bit for the better? Read on…

2016 Furthur Foundation Grantees

2016 Furthur Foundation Grantees

We continue to be amazed at all the great work going on in the world. Meet our 2016 grantees…

Fresh Family Thinking

Tapping in to the wisdom of family and the younger generation. Read on…

2015 Furthur Foundation Grantees


We’re grateful to be able to support these worthwhile groups and causes.

Learn more about them…

Our 2015 Investment Thesis

Furthur Foundation Board Members

As we get ready for this year’s board meeting, here are some notes I shared with the board about the current group of potential grantees.


June 2015 Furthur Foundation Newsletter

Furthur Foundation Tshirt

Here’s our June 2015 newsletter, as sent to subscribers, featuring thoughts on Fare Thee Well, the Bob Weir documentary, boxed-set music, and the re-release of our classic t-shirt.

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