Community Fund

Inspired San Francisco

Art can inspire, educate, and change the lives of young people in the Bay Area.

Alexandra Newman
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The reason why

The challenge

In the 1960s, there was an explosion of nonprofit arts organizations in the San Francisco. In fact, at one point, the Bay Area was second only to New York in terms of having the largest number of dance companies.

As a former professional ballerina in the San Francisco ballet, we are concerned by the lack of public funding and support for the arts - less than 5% of all donations go towards the arts.

The approach

The solution

I've picked these nonprofits to maintain a vibrancy and variety of arts in the Bay Area.

Organizations like these help create the unique texture in the culture fabric of this region, with a particular focus on finding organizations that build community across a range of artistic disciplines. Today there are hundreds and hundreds of arts and culture nonprofits, of all sizes and varieties, all across the Bay Area, and these are some of the top organizations.

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Meet the creator

Alexandra Newman

My husband Riley and I were both born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and believe strongly in the importance of art for a community and society at large.

After spending much of my childhood training in a ballet studio, I started dancing ballet professionally at the age of eighteen and performed for eight seasons with the San Francisco Ballet before retiring due to an injury.

I recently founded my own business based in San Francisco, En Pointe Wines. It’s a community-oriented subscription service featuring wines from all over the world, with the requirement that they are all made by small producers that practice sustainable farming and make minimal intervention, delicious, food-friendly wines.

I view wine, like art, as something that can help bring us together, celebrate the diversity in the world, and bring us all joy.

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The nonprofits

As a former ballerina from the San Francisco Ballet, I created a fund to support the arts in this great city. These nonprofits have an emphasis on inspiring and uniting our local community through a range of artistic disciplines.

  • Nonprofit

    Youth Radio

    A dynamic national network of young journalists, artists and innovators. We create content that matters.

    • Location:


    • Focus:

      Journalism for youth

  • Nonprofit

    Creativity Explored

    Creativity Explored gives artists with developmental disabilities the means to create and share their work with the community, celebrating the power of art to change lives.

    • Location:

      San Francisco

    • Focus:

      Art for people with developmental disabilities

  • Nonprofit

    826 Valencia

    826 Valencia is dedicated to supporting under-resourced students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.

    • Location:

      San Francisco

    • Focus:

      Writing for under-resourced students

  • Nonprofit

    Precita Eyes Muralists

    As an inner-city, community-based, mural arts organization, Precita Eyes Muralists work to enrich and beautify urban environments and educate the public about the process and history of community mural art.

    • Location:

      San Francisco

    • Focus:

      Mural arts in SF

  • Nonprofit

    San Francisco Ballet

    One of the world’s leading dance companies and the oldest professional ballet company in the United States. The ballet's "Education and Community" fund supports youth and school programs, such as free dance education programs for K-12 students.

    • Location:

      San Francisco

    • Focus:

      Ballet company

Your Donation

Your journey starts here

Get started by setting up a small monthly donation to Inspired San Francisco. These are more effective than one-time donations as they allow nonprofits to focus on solutions rather than fundraising.

Next Steps

What happens after I donate?

Step 1

Distributing your donation

Sharing is caring

Thanks to your incredible generosity we'll be able to split your pooled donations equally between all the nonprofits in your fund every month.

Step 2

Following the progress

Staying informed

We'll take the hassle out of staying on top of the issues by sending you progress updates. Each month, you'll receive a report about the impact of your donation.

Step 3

Sharing with friends

Maximize your impact

Sharing with friends can be a great way to create a local network of philanthropists. It's an easy way for you to increase your impact!