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Friends of the San Francisco Independent Living Skills Program

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: We believe young adults transitioning from foster care in San Francisco deserve to have the financial and emotional resources they need to build stability and success in their lives. Friends of SF ILSP fills gaps in the resources available to these young adults by providing grants and other opportunities in a manner that acknowledges their potential and their dignity.

Results: Since our inception in 2005, and with the help of any donors, Friends was able to support more than 170 recipients with over $190,000. In the future, we hope to expand our reach to provide further support these youth.

Target demographics: Youth emancipating from foster care.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Varies depending on donations received and types of grants or scholarships given out. Also, how many emergency needs arise throughout the year (e.g. money to help with rent, basic school supplies/books, and travel to/from college)

Geographic areas served: San Francisco/Bay Area

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

This is a small dedicated grass-roots group that works directly to help in the community. Because of this they don't have the high profile visibility of some other organizations,but the work they do to help vulnerable young people get a start on their own can truly make a world of difference to that young person.


Rating: 5

Did you ever have to leave home with one black garbage bags for all your things, just cuz you had turned 18? If you were lucky, someone might say... "good luck..." That is most often the story of a foster youth leaving "the system." SFILSP is a program supporting foster youth who must make this transition and FRIENDS raises money and awareness for these incredible youth who face and surmount enormous challenges. Money raised goes to scholarships and other "grants" that support young people who are going to college and need money for books, luggage to get there, and a myriads of other needs for youth struggling to meet the costs of housing, a bed for a child to sleep on, and well just imagine what else... FRIENDS is a sustained by an all volunteer board and monies raised go directly to the foster youth who apply and interview for any grants awarded. This is a fantastic non-profit and I know my donations and their service are making a difference.


Rating: 5

This organization meets youth at a most vulnerable point, and gives them a bridge to cross the chasm of crisis. It has been amazing as a volunteer and donor and former board member to watch how this organization does so much life-changing work with so few resources.

Wannika M.


Rating: 5

I am glad to know that a great organization exist to help the youth of today. I think it is a wonderful Thing!