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Founders message

We believe that we all share in the responsibility of supporting and strengthening our communities. Through our foundation, Sunlight Giving, we are humbled to have the opportunity to contribute to the public good. Our team holds itself accountable to the trust invested in us by the communities we serve.

In Sunlight Giving’s early years, we plan to start locally and to listen and learn. As the foundation grows, we hope that our grantmaking continues to reflect the needs identified by our community and to support the possibilities that can make a difference for young children living in poverty. Along the way, we look forward to learning from our network of grantee and foundation colleagues, research in the field, and our own journey.

Tegan and Brian Acton

About the foundation

Sunlight Giving is dedicated to supporting the basic needs of low-income families with young children ages 0-5. The foundation supports organizations that provide food security, family support resources, housing stability, and health care access. It also supports access to safe spaces for children and families as well as efforts to ensure that these spaces are offered in all neighborhoods and communities.

Sunlight Giving is a family foundation established in 2014 by Tegan and Brian Acton following the sale of WhatsApp to Facebook. The foundation is currently focused on 10 Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Stanislaus. As the foundation's corpus and grantmaking budget grows in the coming years, the foundation's reach and work will likely extend beyond the Bay Area. Sunlight Giving is staffed through Pacific Foundation Services, which provides administrative, programmatic, and strategic support to the foundation.

In addition to Sunlight Giving, the Actons established Acton Family Fund and Solidarity Giving. Together, the three philanthropic entities work to support communities and families across the country.