History and Directors
In 1986, the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund co-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, 32 years later, the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund has raised $130 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 becoming homeless.
During the annual fundraising effort, which runs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, Chronicle reporters and photographers fan out across the Bay Area to document the challenges facing individuals and families in need who have been helped by the Fund. 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 32-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 2017-2018 our fundraising campaign raised a record $9.6 million.
Board of Directors
Sarah Morse Cooney
VP Marketing, San Francisco Chronicle
Editor in Chief, San Francisco Chronicle
President Emeritus, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
VP Finance/Controller, San Francisco Chronicle
Publisher and CEO, San Francisco Chronicle
Bill Nagel, President
Christina Howell, Treasurer
Monica Pressley, Secretary
Jennifer Kirschenbaum, Executive Director
For more details on the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund and how we operate, click here for answers to frequently asked questions.