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John R. May Innovation Award: Who's Making a Difference in Your Community?

Monday, July 13, 2015

This year, NCG member The San Francisco Foundation is partnering with KQED and NCG member Full Circle Fund to present the John R. May Innovation Award, a community choice award. 

Who is making a difference in your community?

Expanding opportunity is the defining challenge of our time. As a region, we are experiencing one of the largest disparities in wealth and income, and it’s going to take all of us to turn the tide. We have done it before — in the Bay Area, we have a history of innovating to win major victories of social and economic change. With this award, we continue in that spirit.

Tell us about the Bay Area organizations that are changing your world for the better in creative ways. The San Francisco Foundation is looking for organizations, both new and time-tested, with fresh ideas and new approaches to expanding opportunity in the region.

Community Choice Award

You nominate an organization, the pool is narrowed to the top 10 finalists, and you vote on the top 3 finalists. With strategic support from Full Circle Fund, the top 3 finalists will share their bold ideas at the Innovation Award Demo Day at Bay Area Bold, where you will select the winner.

Award: $20K from TSFF, Profile on KQED, Full Circle Fund Capacity Building Workshop

The winner with the most votes will receive a $20,000 award from The San Francisco Foundation and a strategic workshop with Full Circle Fund that leverages the expertise of our joint Bay Area network. The winner will also be featured in a series of short profiles on KQED television and radio.


All Bay Area organizations serving communities in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo are eligible to apply.

Previous Community Leadership Award winners are ineligible. Reference a complete list of past winners on The San Francisco Foundation’s website.


The Innovation Award is made to an organization undertaking a pioneering effort to address a major contemporary problem, noteworthy because of the creativity and innovation employed. In honor of John R. May.

DEADLINE: Friday, July 17, 2015