About the Rosenberg Foundation

The Rosenberg Foundation believes that in order for democracy to thrive in our state and nation, every person in California must have fair and equitable opportunities to participate fully in the state's economic, social, and political life.

Established in 1935 at the bequest of California business leader Max L. Rosenberg, the Foundation has supported a wide range of initiatives to promote economic inclusion and human rights, including efforts to improve the lives of underprivileged children, integrate people of color and immigrants into civic institutions and the state's economy, increase the economic health of working families, and reform the state's approach to criminal justice and public safety.

Since its founding, the Foundation has provided close to 2,800 grants totaling nearly $80 million to regional, statewide and national organizations advocating for social and economic justice throughout California. From our early work supporting efforts on behalf of Japanese American families returning from internment camps to more recent work to reduce the incarceration rates for women, our aim has remained consistent: to achieve significant and lasting improvements in the lives of the people of California. 

The Foundation is a patient, but not permanent, investor. It is not risk averse.