For nearly 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.
Our working capital is a series of donations from Bobby Weir, given over a decade 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.
Our braintrust on the Board of Directors is a great group of far-sighted volunteers, including Carolyn Garcia: Grateful Dead family member since the beginning; Andre Carothers, former Board member of Greenpeace USA and founder of the Rockwood Leadership Program; Chris Desser, environmentalist and lawyer; and of course, Bob Weir, musician, philanthropist and hot sauce vender.
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, an accounting team led by Tim Jorstad, and attorney Jeffrey Ehlenbach.
Thanks to everyone for the donations and good work that will help the foundation do even more for the earth and its inhabitants.
Below you will information on applying for a grant or supporting the Furthur Foundation. There is also a list of past Grantees.
For more information, contact us. The information is at the bottom of the page.