In November 2015, the Foundation identified strategic grantmaking priorities. These are the programs and project areas where the Foundation will proactively pursue partners and solutions and which will receive the lion’s share of the Foundation’s program funding.
In no particular order, the Foundation's strategic grantmaking priorities are:
CAPITAL PROJECT PRIORITIES
Upgraded library/community center
Year-round swimming pool
Upgraded recreation center
Athletic field improvements
Social and human services
Citywide beautification efforts
Do you have ideas of community needs you would like to see addressed through the Foundation's strategic grantmaking? If so, please send it to us here!
STRATEGIC GRANTS IN ACTION
The Foundation is funding several strategic grants benefiting the San Bruno Community:
In February 2017, following the completion of the Community Facilities Vision Plan, the San Bruno City Council voted to move forward with the construction of a new recreation center and all-season swimming pool facility in San Bruno City Park and requested that the Foundation provide a grant of $50 million to fund the planning, design, and construction of the facility. In March 2017, the Foundation Board approved a resolution supporting the concept of a $50 million strategic grant to the City for the design and construction of the new facility and directing the Executive Director to proceed with negotiating such a grant arrangement with the City.
The Foundation funded the first stage of the project (conceptual design development) with a grant in an amount not to exceed $550,000. In the spring of 2018, the City, with the assistance of Group 4 Architecture, Research + Planning, Inc., hosted a variety of opportunities for San Bruno community members to give input on the vision for the new recreation and aquatics center (see notice to the right).
The City completed the first design stage, with the City Council approving the conceptual design for the new facility on June 26.
Schools Transformation Strategic Grant
In June 2018, the Foundation Board awarded a strategic grant totaling $250,000 to the San Bruno Education Foundation to support two projects central to the San Bruno Park School District’s current efforts to transform into “Schools with Tomorrow Inside.” The projects – the Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL) Program at Belle Air and Allen Elementary Schools and the Parkside Intermediate School Accelerating Student Learning Through Systems Transformation – are aimed at addressing the achievement gap and implementing 21st century learning strategies to ensure academic and personal success for all students.
SEAL is designed to build the capacity of elementary schools to develop the language and literacy skills of students, particularly English language learners from kindergarten to the third grade. SEAL will provide significant professional development and coaching for Belle Air and Allen teachers starting in the 2018-2019 academic year.
Foundation funding also enables the school district to utilize the expertise of Partners in School Innovation, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that works with school districts to bolster academic achievement, to support the transformation of Parkside into a 21st century school. The district’s goal is to better align Parkside’s academic programs to ensure that eighth graders enter high school with the knowledge and skills to participate in any program of their choosing.
First Responder Effectiveness Strategic Initiative
In March 2018, Foundation Board approved a $160,723 grant to the City of San Bruno to bolster the effectiveness of San Bruno's first responders, both in their daily interactions with the community and in the event of a serious disaster like the 2010 gas pipeline explosion that led to the Foundation's creation. The grant funded three community-oriented projects spearheaded by the San Bruno Police and Fire Departments that the City is unable to support through the General Fund:
Emergency Shelter Supplies: Grant funds were used to purchase necessary equipment and supplies that would enable the City to operate a standalone emergency shelter if the need arose. With these supplies, the City is no longer dependent on external entities such as the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services or the American Red Cross, in the event of an emergency requiring shelter operations.
Critical Facilities Site Assessments, Incident Action Plans, and Joint Public Safety Training: This grant significantly enhances the preparedness of the San Bruno Police and Fire Departments in dealing with potential natural disasters and other incidents through advance planning and training. The grant enabled the City, with the assistance of experienced consultants, to conduct a thorough site assessment, produce detailed site maps, develop an incident action plan, and conduct site-specific training exercises for three critical facilities in San Bruno: Capuchino High School, Parkside Intermediate School, and San Bruno City Hall. View a video of the value of the incident training here. Police and fire personnel will use the procedure learned from these three facilities and duplicate the planning process for other critical facilities in San Bruno.
Police Officer Mindfulness, Compassion, and Resiliency Training: With the grant, the Police Department implemented a department-wide mindfulness and resiliency program, including a multi-day residential immersion course conducted by the Mindful Badge Initiative. This training is a preventative measure that equips police officers to perform through occupational trauma with greater capacity for awareness, cognitive performance, and humanity. This program enhances police officers' ability to respond to the needs of our diverse community and has positive and lasting benefits for police officers' mental and physical health in a stressful profession. View a video on the value of this training here.
Less than one month after the First Responder Initiative was launched, in response to the brave work of San Bruno’s first responders who supported YouTube during a violent incident at its San Bruno headquarters on April 3, 2018, Google.org and Google and YouTube employees donated more than $300,000 to the Foundation.
The Google and YouTube funds are supporting a fourth First Responder project: the construction and acquisition of a mobile command vehicle for the City of San Bruno to assist the San Bruno Police and Fire Departments at the scene of a critical incident, natural disaster, or planned large scale event.
The First Responder grants recognize the importance of first responders in the San Bruno community, particularly in light of recent events around the state and country, including fires, hurricanes, and school shootings. In light of the key role first responders played in the aftermath of the 2010 gas pipeline explosion, the grant also honors the Crestmoor neighborhood and the Foundation's origins.
Read coverage of the First Responder Effectiveness Strategic Initiative in the San Mateo Daily Journal.
Pedestrian Safety Strategic Initiative
In November 2017, the Foundation and YouTube announced an initiative - in collaboration with the City of San Bruno and the San Bruno Park School District – to improve pedestrian safety in San Bruno. Using grant funding totaling $263,952 from the Foundation and YouTube, the City will install rectangular rapid flashing beacons at crosswalks near two San Bruno public schools and in San Bruno’s downtown area. YouTube is providing $126,000 to this initiative, while the Foundation is contributing $137,952 of its own funds to the effort.
At a groundbreaking ceremony held at the crosswalk in front of Portola Elementary School at 300 Amador Avenue in San Bruno – the location of the first flashing beacon installation – (see photo at the top of the page, from left) Foundation Executive Director Leslie Hatamiya, San Bruno Park School District Superintendent Stella Kemp, YouTube Director of Real Estate & Workplace Services Drew Sherwood, then-Mayor Jim Ruane, City of San Bruno Director of Public Services Jimmy Tan, Foundation Board Member Patricia Bohm, then-San Bruno City Manager Connie Jackson, and several Portola students celebrated the beginning of the Pedestrian Safety Initiative. Read the press release.
In 2018, the City installed flashing beacons at crosswalks in front of Parkside Intermediate School (photo, right), Portola Elementary School, and John Muir Elementary School. A final set of flashing beacons are located on the south end of San Mateo Avenue in downtown San Bruno.
Music Education Strategic Initiative
In May 2017, the Foundation Board approved a strategic grant initiative to make music education a hallmark of San Bruno’s public schools. Over the next three school years, the Foundation will make investments totaling $495,000 in the music programs at Capuchino High School and all seven San Bruno Park School District schools. The Music Education Strategic Initiative is the result of months of collaboration with the San Bruno Park School District, Capuchino High School, the San Bruno Education Foundation, and the Capuchino High School Alumni Association. Read the press release, and see the ABC 7 News video on the revival of the Capuchino High School band, in part due to SBCF funding.
With its first strategic grant, the Foundation proudly sponsored San Bruno's 2016 Community Day, which was held on June 5 at San Bruno City Park in conjunction with the San Bruno Lions Club's annual Posy Parade. The Foundation underwrote the costs of the event with a $30,000 grant.
With a $30,000 strategic grant, the Foundation again sponsored Community Day in 2017. This year’s celebration was held the afternoon of Sunday, June 4, 2017, in San Bruno City Park in conjunction with the San Bruno Lions Club's annual Posy Parade. The Foundation also assisted the City in securing additional sponsors for the event, including Walmart, YouTube, and Skyline College.
The Foundation also sponsored the 2018 Community Day with a grant of up to $30,000. The event was again held in conjunction with the Posy Parade on Sunday, June 3, 2018. The Foundation helped the City attract other event sponsors, including the Sammut Family Foundation, YouTube, Skyline College, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, Recology San Bruno, and Jack's Restaurant & Bar.
With the assistance of Anderson Brule Architects, the City of San Bruno conducted a community engagement process to develop a vision for and to prioritize the possible development new community facilities. The Foundation supported this project with two strategic grants totaling $206,047.
For more information on this visioning and prioritization project, click here.
Florida Avenue Park Development
The Foundation Board has provided the City of San Bruno $200,000 to help finance the design and construction of a new park at 324 Florida Avenue, which resides in a neighborhood on the east side of town that currently lacks a neighborhood park. Design plans for the park can be viewed here.