The Mary A. Crocker Trust was established in 1889 by the four children of Mary Crocker, making it the oldest family foundation west of the Mississippi. Five family members now serve as Trustees. The Trust distributes 5% of its asset value, or approximately $500,000 a year, to charitable organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. The average grant size ranges from $10,000 to $25,000. The policy of the Trust is not to give continuing support.
The Trust is primarily interested in Bay Area* programs in the areas listed below. The Board wishes to remain flexible but does not encourage proposals outside these program areas. Preference will be given to organizations founded and based in the Bay Area (as opposed to national organizations).
The Trust is especially interested in pre-collegiate projects that:
Encourage academic excellence
Aid schools in meeting the special demands facing the Bay Area
Provide alternative approaches to traditional education
The Trust seeks to fund educational and advocacy projects that promote solutions to environmental problems and boost awareness and participation. The Trust has special interest in these areas:
Waste management and recycling
Land use management
Sustainable agriculture and forestry
*The Bay Area is defined as these nine counties: San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sonoma, Solano and Napa.