Welcome to The Junior League of San Francisco!
The Junior League of San Francisco Inc. (JLSF) has proudly been on the forefront of identifying and addressing emerging community issues for over 100 years. Since 1911, the JLSF is a nonprofit organization of women committed to improving the lives of those with the greatest need in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area.
Our mission statement drives the critical work of our 1,750 members:
The Junior League of San Francisco, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
The JLSF provides training opportunities for our members in all aspects of non-profit management. As a result, we develop volunteers that are well -prepared to serve as catalysts of change in our community, create lasting impact, and become outstanding civic leaders.
In 2013, we introduced our new focus area: Empowering our Community Through Life Skills Education. In alignment with our new focus area, the JLSF will strive to develop critical thinking, problem solving, self-management, communication, and interpersonal skills across all of the activities we are involved in and through our relationships with our community partners.
Each year, we select non-profit organizations with missions that align with our focus area, and we provide grants and hours of direct volunteer service to these primary community partners. This year, our five primary community partners strive to empower underserved populations in our community by providing programs and services to increase:
- entrepreneurship and employment opportunities for women of color and from immigrant communities;
- recreational, vocational and educational opportunities for people with disabilities;
- support and services for families experiencing homelessness;
- prevention of child abuse; and
- access to educational opportunities, personal experiences and social support services to low-income students to foster academic excellence and community engagement.
In addition, each year, we provide one-time emergency grants and provide volunteers to more than 50 other nonprofits agencies that also share our focus. We also advocate on behalf of issues important to the JLSF and our community including life skills education, child abuse prevention, perinatal depression, sex trafficking, and violence against women. We raise moneys to support our efforts through a number of fundraising activities.
We welcome women who are passionate about these same issues and want to receive the training needed to be effective volunteers to join our organization.
The impact of the JLSF is the direct result of the dedication of our members who serve both within the League and throughout our community. We also receive generous support from donors, corporations, community partners, and friends who participate in our community activities and our annual fundraising events.
The JLSF is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., comprised of 293 Junior Leagues in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. As a premiere women's organization of more than 155,000, the impact, influence, and collective power of Junior Leagues around the world are truly inspiring.
I am honored to serve as the President of the Junior League of San Francisco this year. I invite and encourage you to explore our website, support our community partners, attend our fundraisers and talk with our members to learn more about our organization and the mission that drives the work we do every day.