Press Release | Mar 2019

Koret Foundation Awards $1.2 Million in New Grants to Bay Area Veterans Organizations

Bay Area philanthropy to support six veteran-serving organizations focusing on workforce development, health care, and the transition to civilian life


SAN FRANCISCO – Organizations that serve San Francisco Bay Area veterans will receive more than $1  million in new grants over three years from the Koret Foundation as part of the Bay Area philanthropy’s  focus on supporting veterans. Grants focus on the issues of workforce development, health care, and  transition to civilian life — areas in which government benefits often fail to cover many veterans or fail  to meet essential requirements. These new grants will help bridge the significant gap that exists  between the benefits offered to veterans though government services and the vast and varying  needs of returning veterans. 

“Our nation’s veterans have paid a special price in serving our country,” said Michael Boskin, Koret  Foundation President. “It is our responsibility to ensure that they have the necessary resources and  services to make a successful transition back to civilian life. We hope that our support will raise  awareness of the challenges veterans face and encourage other funders to follow suit.” 

Bay Area veterans, who number approximately 23,000 in all, face significant challenges when returning  to civilian life: Nearly 80 percent left the military without a job and nearly 50 percent experienced  financial difficulty in the past year. More than 50 percent of Bay Area veterans with significant physical or mental health issues are not receiving care. These new grants, which include funding for the Goodwill  San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin, will help fund organizations catering to veterans’ needs and  empower veterans returning from military service to transition successfully back to civilian life.  

Each year, SF Goodwill helps break the cycle of poverty for Bay Area residents, who need a second  chance, through our transformative training and work placement programs,” said William Rogers,  President and CEO of Goodwill San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin. “These programs and services are  especially important for our returning veterans, to whom we owe a special debt of gratitude and who  often face additional barriers to success. We’re proud to partner with the Koret Foundation to offer  critical employment services to vets through our Veterans Employment, Training and Services (VETS)  program.” 

In all, Koret will grant $1.2 million to these organizations, including: 

  • $450,000 over three years to Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, San Mateo & Marin for its  new Veterans Employment, Training and Services (VETS) program. 
  • $420,000 over three years to the VA Palo Alto Health Care System to support transportation for  disabled or impaired veterans from as far away as Livermore, Modesto, Monterey and Sonora to  reach the facility.
  • $210,000 over three years to Higher Ground to support weeklong recreational therapy  programs for disabled veterans to regain physical activity, reduce the symptoms of PTSD, build a  network of peers, and develop skills to improve quality of life. 
  • $60,000 over three years to Hire Heroes USA, which provides employment support and career  coaching for veterans. 
  • $45,000 over three years to The Mission Continues, which partners with local nonprofits to  organize community service projects for veterans.  
  • $15,000 over three years to Foothill-De Anza Community Colleges Foundation to support the  campus Veterans Services Office. 

To be connected with leadership at the Koret Foundation and/or grantee veterans organizations,  please contact Tony Franquiz at [email protected] or 202-374-5393.

About the Koret Foundation

The Koret Foundation is committed to strengthening the Bay Area and supporting the Jewish community in the U.S. and Israel through strategic grantmaking to outstanding organizations. Grounded in historical Jewish principles and traditions, and dedicated to humanitarian values, the Foundation is committed to innovation, testing new ideas, and serving as a catalyst by bringing people and organizations together to help solve societal and systemic problems of common concern. Learn more about the Koret Foundation and its grantees at