The Jersin Foundation

The John and Erica Jersin Foundation is focused on education policy work, and projects to support improvements in education, as well as a number of projects in education, climate, and health.

Recent project: Cameron House Computer Lab

In partnership with Cameron House and 13 Fund, Jersin Foundation led the campaign to build a new computer lab, enabling low-income students access to technology education and resources for to complete classwork and after school programs in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

Our Projects and Partners

The SMART Program

SMART supports education for students facing barriers to a college degree, via tutoring, summer academics, and college counseling.

Mindful Life Project

Transforming schools from the inside
out with innovative and comprehensive
mindfulness based social-emotional

Support of Ukraine

Projects to support the defense of Ukraine’s independence and democracy.

Against Malaria Foundation girl with nets

Against Malaria Foundation

In 2017, 435,000 people died from malaria, but the disease can easily be prevented. The cheapest and most effective solution is a mosquito net, which costs around $2. Around $3,340 will save a human life, while much smaller amounts will prevent severe illness and improve productivity.

Ocean cleanup foundation

The Ocean Cleanup

Every year, millions of tons of plastic enter the oceans. A portion of this plastic travels to ocean garbage patches, getting caught in a vortex of circulating currents. This plastic gets broken into micro-particles which are eaten by fish and crustaceans, and now the average person eats thousands of plastic particles each year.

As an early donor we helped The Ocean Cleanup project raise their first million dollars to build a prototype to prove their concept.

826 Valencia

826 Valencia, named for their first location in San Francisco, supports teachers and under-resourced students with their writing education via tutoring and after school programs.

Clean Air Task Force

Climate change is already killing people and changing the planet, but data suggests worse is yet to come. Clean Air Task Force focuses on innovation in areas where it’s been lacking, and policy in areas we’re ready for it. These are high-leverage solutions to a critical problem.

Give Directly foundation - Jesca and child


There has been considerable research over the last several years that shows that one of the most effective ways to improve health, education, and poverty reduction for families and children in extreme poverty is direct cash transfer. People in need understand how to use money on their most urgent problems like paying for school, medicine, or livestock. And for too many people $20 a couple times a year is life changing.

Back on my feet homeless foundation

Back on My Feet

Homelessness is a rapidly growing circumstance in a number of cities throughout the US and the world. Back on My Feet helps helps homeless people in cities like our home of San Francisco to restore their confidence, strength and self-esteem, and move into permanent housing.

Students Rising Above

Investing in first-generation students in the San Francisco Bay Area, Students Rising Above provides student-centric support to help students achieve a college education.

Gates Foundation Covid19 Relief

Covid-19 has manifested some of the scientific community’s worst fears from the last few decades. We helped fund rapid development and deployment of new technologies to prevent, detect, and treat Covid-19, and new programs to help vulnerable populations.

Nature conservancy foundation

The Nature Conservancy

The evidence that humans are causing the climate to change faster than at any other point in Earth’s history is not a political question. The question is what we should do about it. The Nature Conservancy funds research and advocacy, but also acts directly, for example, protecting land and planting trees to replace some of the 15.3 billion trees which are cut down every year (we’ve now lost nearly half of all trees on Earth).

Give well foundation

Give Well

Give Well searches for charities that save or improve lives the most per dollar, and shares the charities they find with the public. This helps maximize the good that can be done with each donation.