Philanthropedia Announces the Most Effective Nonprofits Working on the Issue of San Francisco Bay Area Homelessness

Release date: November 7, 2012

Erinn Andrews
Erinn Andrews

Washington, D.C.—Philanthropedia, a division of leading nonprofit information provider GuideStar, today announced new rankings of the top 16 nonprofits most effectively addressing homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. The rankings are based on in-depth surveys of and conversations with 100 homelessness experts including academics, funders, grantmakers, policy makers, and consultants.

"The San Francisco Chronicle reported last year that nearly 2,200 of San Francisco's public school students were homeless, enough to fill five or six elementary schools, and that there were nearly 400 more homeless schoolchildren than the year before," said Erinn Andrews, GuideStar's senior director of nonprofit strategy and the original chief operating officer of Philanthropedia. "We know that many people want to give to the nonprofits working to end this crisis, and they want their donations to go as far as possible. Our rankings are meant to steer donors to the nonprofits having the greatest impact with their work so they can be sure they are getting the most bang for their buck."

Over the course of several months, Philanthropedia surveyed 100 experts working in the field of homelessness from 78 different organizations with an average of 15 years of work experience in the field to identify the organizations that were making the biggest positive impact in homelessness in the Bay Area. Experts were asked to recommend up to four high-impact nonprofits and up to two promising start-up nonprofits. Experts were asked to consider direct service and policy/advocacy organizations addressing the issue from various perspectives including: temporary and permanent housing, hunger, mental health, substance abuse, family support, re-entry, and foster care.

These experts reviewed 111 organizations and identified 16 as performing the best when it comes to meeting their missions:

  1. Community Housing Partnership
  2. Abode Services (tied for second)
    Larkin Street Youth Services (tied for second)
  3. Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp.
  4. Homeless Prenatal Program
  5. First Place for Youth
  6. Shelter Network (now known as InnVision Shelter Network)
  7. Episcopal Community Services of San Francisco
  8. Hamilton Family Center
  9. EHC LifeBuilders
  10. SHELTER, Inc.
  11. Bill Wilson Center
  12. Coalition on Homelessness
  13. InnVision (now known as InnVision Shelter Network)
  14. EveryOne Home
  15. Central City Hospitality House

To learn more about each organization, meet the experts, and read the reviews, please visit

Added Andrews, "Our Money for Good II research tells us that people really do want to give to the nonprofits that are doing the most good, but they don't want to dig to find them. Our crowd-sourcing methodology ensures that we're relying on expert assessments when we rank our top nonprofits, and donors and funders can be sure that gifts to these organizations will be put to good use."

For more information about Philanthropedia's ranking methodology, please visit:

About Philanthropedia

Philanthropedia,, is an online resource for donors who want to make a bigger difference with their charitable giving. Philanthropedia was founded on the belief that experts working in the field, such as foundation professionals, researchers, and nonprofit senior staff, are best suited to evaluate nonprofits in a holistic way. In April 2011, Philanthropedia was acquired by GuideStar.

About GuideStar

GuideStar,, connects people and organizations with information on the programs and finances of more than 1.8 million IRS-recognized nonprofits. GuideStar serves a wide audience inside and outside the nonprofit sector, including individual donors, nonprofit leaders, grantmakers, government officials, academic researchers, and the media.

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