History Of OPF
The One Percent Foundation was founded in February 2007 by a community of friends, family, and colleagues on the premise that philanthropy is not driven by income or age but by the power of collective action to create lasting change.
The Foundation made its first grant of $500 in October 2007, to the Campus Kitchens Project.
In February 2008, One Percent held its first event in San Francisco.
Grant amounts increased in March 2008 to $1700, this time to First Place for Youth.
January 2009 brought our first Board Retreat and a decision to grow the Foundation beyond our friends and family. Growth in the Foundation meant grants increased to $3600 in March 2009.
Our first newsletter was published in June 2009.
In July 2009 the Foundation received its first grant for operating expenses.
The Advisory Board was initiated in August 2009.
In November 2009, the Foundation was recognized as an innovative solution in promoting civic engagement among the Millennial Generation and was awarded a grant by Mobilize.org.
In December 2009, the Foundation selected its tenth grant recipient.