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Corporate and Foundation Partners

Photograph of the chess roomOur corporate and foundation partners provide essential support for our vibrant library, renowned chess room, and engaging literary and cultural events.

Some of the programs your partnership will help to grow and succeed include:

  • Youth Chess Outreach Program — Established by the Mechanics' grandmaster-in-residence, the program began in 2013 at Marshall Elementary in the Mission District with 10 boys and girls; it now takes place in 20 public schools across San Francisco — serving approximately 500 students each week. The program brings chess instruction into elementary, middle, and high schools, with a focus on socioeconomically disadvantaged areas of the city.
  • Annual Scholastic Chess Tournament — Each spring, approximately 250 children from across San Francisco participate in our scholastic chess tournament in Golden Gate Park. Participation in the tournament is free to all.
  • Meet-the-Author Event series — We host over 50 author events each year. Past luminaries include Colm Tóibín, Daniel Ellsberg, Joyce Carol Oates, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Daniel Handler.
  • Library — Our library's collection includes over 160,000 volumes, as well as media and digital resources.
  • Writers Lunch — a monthly free workshop series led by authors on a variety of topics on the profession of writing.

Thank you to the following corporations, businesses, and foundations for gifts made between September 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019:

Candelaria Fund

Chevron Matching Gift Program

The Craft Foundation

First Republic Bank 

Institute for Historical Study

Leroe Family Charitable Foundation

Michelle and Robert Friend Foundation

The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund

Raff Beverage, LLC

Thomson Reuters Matching Gifts Program


For more information, please email [email protected] or call 415-393-0105.