For more than 40 years, the Thomas J. Long Foundation has been supporting local charitable organizations, which provide programs and services that benefit and inspire the people of the communities where we live, work and play.
Through our Community Grants Program, the Foundation practices responsive grant making and awards grants to charitable organizations in the San Francisco East Bay, and in five selected fields of interest — Arts & Culture, Conservation, Education, Health, and Human Services. We are very proud of this program which has grown from four grants totaling $3,000 in the first year to 230 grants totaling more than $6 million in 2013.
And, beginning in 2014, the Foundation will be disbursing multi-year major grants to critical needs initiatives. These impact grant initiatives will be developed over the next year and will be focused in the areas of Education, Disabled Services, Senior Services, and Safety Net Services. With this new strategy, the Foundation expects to spend-out its $90 million endowment by the year 2022.
To lead our philanthropic impact strategy, Mark Friedman has joined the Foundation as our new Chief Executive Officer. Mark was formerly CEO of First 5 Alameda County since 1999. In this role, he led the organization’s innovative early childhood programs in early care and education, health care and family support. The Long Foundation has been a long-time partner of First 5 Alameda County having contributed $1.3 million to the organization over the past four years.
Having worked with Mark, we know that his values and experience are very much aligned with our goals for how and where we can make the highest impact in the East Bay. Under his leadership, we look forward to continuing the ‘tradition of caring’ that was the hallmark of Longs Drug Stores. We are proud to honor that commitment with our legacy of giving in the East Bay.
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