About us

The Full Cost Project is a joint initiative of Philanthropy California (Northern California Grantmakers, San Diego Grantmakers, and Southern California Grantmakers) and Nonprofit Finance Fund. We are bringing together education, advocacy, and skill-building with the goal to increase the number of funders that provide full cost funding and to build the skills and capacity of all those engaged in grantmaking – foundations, corporations, individuals, and government.

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Why does this matter to grantmakers? The Full Cost Project is about fixing some of the systemic issues and practices that get in the way of funders’ and nonprofits’ shared goals. Read More…

What does “Full Cost” mean? The necessary costs for a nonprofit organization to deliver on mission and to be sustainable over the long term. Read More…

Who are our partners? We are partnering with a wide range of organizations both here in California and nationally. Read More…

What's our goal? To increase the number of grantmakers considering or actually implementing changes to their grantmaking practices to provide full cost funding.


The Full Cost Project is made possible with generous funding from the California Community Foundation, First 5 LA, The James Irvine FoundationThe William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Parker Foundation, and the Weingart Foundation.






When we first launched this initiative, the Full Cost Project Advisory Council helped us to identify and develop best practices, policies, and guidance on what it takes for funders to effectively change their grantmaking.

Aden Bliss, CFO,
The Ford Family Foundation

Vera de Vera, Philanthropy Leader

Sylia Obagi, Philanthropic Advisor
The Generative Group

Lindsay Louie, Program Officer
Effective Philanthropy Group, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Linda Baker, Program Officer
Organizational Effectiveness, David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Judy McDonald, President
The Parker Foundation

Jennifer Price-Letscher, Senior Program Officer
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

Elizabeth Dodson, Director of Grantmaking and Grantee Impact
Silicon Valley Venture Fund

Vy Nguyen, Program Director
Weingart Foundation