Founded in 1996, The Nicholson Family Foundation supports non-profit organizations — from San Francisco to Santa Cruz in Northern California — where our small grants can create meaningful impact. Our multi-generational board champions local under-served youth in arts, education and social services. Our family commitment is to strengthen philanthropic involvement within our communities.  


  • We strive to learn about and work with new small-budget organizations.

  • Our grants are proportional to budget size; creating an opportunity for larger impact.

  • We believe in operational support for non-profit organizations.

  • Our invitation only multi-year grant program stands to build upon and strengthen our community relationships.