Most of our impact happens through the collaborative environment of what we refer to as our Circles, which bring together Full Circle Fund Members with a common interest in our key issue areas:

  • Economic Opportunity
  • Education
  • Environment & Energy
  • Health

Through our Circles, we explore key issues, identify opportunities for impact, and then select nonprofit innovators to support with unrestricted grants and our Members’ expertise, connections and resources.  Together, we learn about philanthropy in general, deepen our understanding of issues, partner with amazing organizations, and have a lot of fun along the way! Download our 2015 Grant Portfolio here or browse all of Full Circle Fund’s Grant Partners here.

Economic Opportunity Circle

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Investing in innovative and scalable models that promote economic opportunity

We look for inspirational and effective leaders who want to make a better life for others in need. Our focus is on encouraging entrepreneurship generally within the areas of workforce development, financial services, health, and poverty alleviation. We divide our efforts between Bay Area and international focused organizations. Ultimately, we hope that the ideas and organizations in which we invest can be scaled by larger funders.


2017 Economic Opportunity Grant Partners: 

Former Economic Opportunity Grant Partners

Economic Opportunity Members

Education Circle

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Improving the effectiveness of education in California, especially for underserved communities

We find and partner with inspiring education leaders who are answering important questions about how to make education work better for each student. Over the past 12 years we have partnered with educators and administrators, entrepreneurs and union leaders, policymakers and philanthropists, journalists and researchers. This mix of perspectives is part of what makes participating in Full Circle Fund exciting, unique and enriching for Members.

Some of us come with limited knowledge of the education system and an intense desire to learn more. Others come with education experience and backgrounds to lend. That’s what make Full Circle Fund special – we are a learning organization at our core and strive to help others get involved.


2017 Education Grant Partners: 

Former Education Circle Grant Partners

Education Circle Members

Environment & Energy

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Enacting positive environmental change and promoting the green economy

We aim high and broad – there are many avenues to work towards a solution for our environment. We have partnered with organizations that focus on clean tech and alternative energy, urban sustainable development, green jobs, global warming and climate change, water conservation, and environmental health and social justice. This list is certainly not exhaustive. We strive to identify the most promising and effective organizations that are making a dent in a serious issue.


2017 Environment & Energy Grant Partners: 

Former Environment & Energy Circle Grant Partners

Environment & Energy Circle Members


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Identifying and advancing solutions to public health and healthcare issues

2017 Health Grant Partners: 



Former Health Grant Partners

Health Circle Members