In 1986, the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund founder, Walter A. Haas, Jr., and the Fund’s President, Ira Hirschfield, approached the San Francisco Chronicle with an idea: the Bay Area needed a charitable fund to help individuals and families in crisis.
Now, 27 years later, the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund has distributed more than $91 million to prevent hunger and homelessness among Bay Area residents. With the generous support of our donors, the Fund has helped thousands of children and their parents move out of shelters into permanent housing and prevented thousands more from going hungry or homeless.
During the annual fundraising effort, which runs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, Chronicle reporters and photographers fan out across the Bay Area to document the challenges facing individuals and families in need. These stories are published in the Chronicle and on SFGate.com. The Chronicle also publishes lists of contributors, a running total of donations to the Fund, and advertisements encouraging Bay Area residents to help their neighbors in their time of crisis.
The San Francisco Chronicle supports the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund covering administrative costs and in-kind support as well. The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund also provides support to help cover the costs of the Fund’s administrative expenses.
During its 27-year history the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund has evolved into one of the largest private sources of emergency financial assistance in the Bay Area. Each year, our neighbors show their concern and compassion for others by contributing millions of dollars to the Fund. In 2012-2013, the Fund raised a record $6.8 million.
The Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund is looking forward to another year of fundraising in 2013-2014 to assist even more of our Bay Area neighbors weather difficult times.
Board of Directors
President, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
George B. Irish
Vice President and Eastern Director, The Hearst Foundations
Publisher, San Francisco Chronicle
Jeffrey Johnson, President
Ward Bushee, Vice President
Elizabeth Cain, Secretary/Treasurer
Jennifer Kirschenbaum, Executive Director*
*Please note: Jennifer Kirschenbaum is currently away on maternity leave. In her absence Kevin Swanson is serving as Interim Director, and he can be contacted through her email: JKirschenbaum@sfchronicle.com.
For more details on the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund and how we operate, click here for answers to frequently asked questions.