CAST – Community Arts Stabilization Trust


Thank you to all the organizations who have generously supported Community Arts Stabilization Trust


CAST was launched in 2013 with an extraordinary gift of $5 million in seed funding from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation.


Members of the CAST Board

Members of the CAST Board with Jessica Robinson Love of CounterPulse and Darryl Smith of the Luggage Store at a 2013 press conference hosted by the Mayor of San Francisco



William & Flora Hewlett Foundation The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a better world. For 50 years, we have supported efforts to advance education for all, preserve the environment, improve lives and livelihoods in developing countries, promote the health and economic well-being of women, support vibrant performing arts, strengthen Bay Area communities and make the philanthropy sector more effective.

The Port of San Francisco  The Port of San Francisco is governed by a five member Board of Commissioners, each of whom is appointed by the Mayor and subject to confirmation by the City’s Board of Supervisors. Each commissioner is appointed to a four-year term. The Port Commission is responsible for the seven and one-half miles of San Francisco Waterfront adjacent to San Francisco Bay, which the Port develops, markets, leases, administers, manages, and maintains. Its jurisdiction stretches along the waterfront from Hyde Street Pier on the north to India Basin on the south. The Port’s operating portfolio is composed of over 550 ground, commercial, retail, office, industrial and maritime industrial leases, including many internationally recognized landmarks such as Fisherman’s Wharf, PIER 39, the Ferry Building, and AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team.

The City of Oakland’s Office of Cultural Affairs   The Cultural Affairs Commission (CAC) was established by the Oakland City Council on April 30, 1991 by Ordinance No. 11323 C.M.S. for the purpose of advising the Mayor, City Council and City Manager on all matters affecting cultural development in the community. The CAC makes recommendations to fund, assist and promote public awareness of artistic and cultural activities in the city; encourages support for individual artists and arts organizations; participates in community cultural planning processes, and reviews policies and programs which affect arts and cultural development in Oakland.

SURDNA Foundation The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States — communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.

San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s Mission is to provide enriching recreational activities, maintain beautiful parks and preserve the environment for the well-being of our diverse community.

San Francisco Planning Department The SF Planning Department, under the direction of the Planning Commission, shapes the future of San Francisco and the region by: generating an extraordinary vision for the General Plan and in neighborhood plans; fostering exemplary design through planning controls; improving our surroundings through environmental analysis; preserving our unique heritage; encouraging a broad range of housing and a diverse job base; and enforcing the Planning Code.

San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development OEWD supports the City’s ongoing economic vitality by strengthening its neighborhoods, businesses, commercial corridors and workforce. Its goal is to ensure that the City will always be one of the best places on the planet to live, work and play.

Oakland Mayor’s Office She is honored to serve the people of Oakland and to help promote her hometown as the greatest place to live, work, play, and do business. She is committed to revitalization that preserves and celebrates Oakland’s diversity and leads to direct prosperity for long-time residents and newcomers. Her four areas of focus as mayor are: holistic community safety, sustainable vibrant infrastructure, equitable jobs and housing, and responsive trustworthy government.

Northern California Community Loan Fund (NCCLF)  NCCLF is proud to assist with the formation of CAST and developing the model to stabilize community arts organizations in a rapidly escalating real estate market. NCCLF provides financial management and real estate consulting services to numerous arts organizations in Central Market. They are pleased to work with CounterPulse and the Luggage Store Gallery, whose community programs provide neighborhood residents an opportunity to engage with the creative arts. Their ability to stay in the Central Market neighborhood will enable their programs to flourish and become anchors in the artistic community.

National Endowment for the Arts Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.

Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development The mission of the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) is to coordinate the City’s housing policy; to provide financing for the development, rehabilitation, and purchase of affordable housing in San Francisco; and to strengthen the social, physical, and economic infrastructure of San Francisco’s low-income neighborhoods and communities in need.

MOHCD administers a variety of financing programs to enable the development and preservation of affordable housing, to assist low-income homeowners, and to help San Franciscans become first-time homebuyers. MOHCD is also responsible for monitoring and ensuring the long-term affordability and physical viability of the City’s affordable housing stock.

Kenneth Rainin Foundation The Kenneth Rainin Foundation enhances quality of life by championing and sustaining the arts, promoting early childhood literacy, and supporting research to cure chronic disease. The Foundation believes that people trying to affect change need an early champion for their ideas. Like its founder, the Foundation listens to and invests in innovative and collaborative projects that can achieve real breakthroughs and make life better for us all.

Grants for the Arts GFTA’s mission is to promote the City by supporting the arts. This is accomplished by supporting arts organizations’ general operating expenses; there is no limit to the number of years a group can continue to receive funds. GFTA strives to be a stable, dependable resource for organizations who successfully meet its funding criteria, and is committed to supporting the full spectrum of arts organizations in San Francisco, including, for example, the nation’s first international film festival; the oldest continuously performing ballet company in the country; an internationally acclaimed symphony; nationally recognized gay and lesbian theatre; the leading presenters of contemporary performance in the Bay Area; and an array of festivals celebrating the heritages of the City’s myriad cultures.

Now, and in the future, Grants for the Arts seeks to contribute meaningfully to the presentation and enhancement of existing art forms, while cultivating artistic experimentation and the expansion of San Francisco’s dynamic cultural panorama.

Friends of the Geneva Car Barn   Built at a time when San Francisco’s streetcars were drawn by horses, the massive Geneva Office Complex and Powerhouse was constructed to serve the City’s first streetcar line in 1901. The building survived a major earthquake a mere five years later and served the City’s transportation system until the next big one in 1989. Since that time the building has sat unused at the corner of San Jose and Geneva Avenues—the very heart of a diverse neighborhood filled with families and youth. In a group effort between the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, local organizations, civic leaders, and private individuals, we are working to transform this historic landmark into a vibrant home for community, art, learning, job training, and more.

Creative United, London   Creative United provides a range of financial products and services designed to enable the growth and development of the UK’s cultural and creative industries. Creative United is an independent Community Interest Company that provides finance-based products and services designed to deliver economic growth to the arts, creative and cultural sectors.

Walter and Elise Haas Fund The mission of the Walter & Elise Haas Fund is to help build a healthy, just, and vibrant society in which people feel connected to and responsible for their community.



Individual Support 

CAST’s individual supporters include Nancy and Steven Oliver, and Shelley Trott, who dedicated her recent Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking from the Council on Foundations to the organization.



How You Can Contribute

You can be part of the solution. Join CAST’s efforts to create permanent, affordable space for artists. CAST is building a coalition of supporters including individuals, corporations, foundations, and investors to mitigate artist displacement. CAST is a tax-exempt public charity. All donations are tax-deductible as provided by the law of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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