Rooted in the rolling hills of Silicon Valley and inspired by the people of this community, the Sand Hill Foundation is privileged to invest in nonprofit organizations that make lasting change -- one life at a time.  It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of people in need, the wide range of social issues that affect the San Francisco Bay Area, and the complexity of those issues.  Yet, more often we find ourselves moved and inspired.  Why?  The passion, entrepreneurial talent and vision of our nonprofit partners are cause for celebration and hope.  Each grant we make is a reflection of our appreciation for the land and people of this place we call home.

Our History

The Sand Hill Foundation is a private family foundation established by Tom and Susan Ford in 1995. The Foundation emerged from the late Tom Ford's lifelong passion for giving and community development, as evidenced by his leadership in developing the environmentally sensitive properties along Sand Hill Road in the late 1960s. Susan Ford Dorsey carries on the Foundation's work of making grants to organizations that benefit the San Francisco Peninsula, particularly in San Mateo and northern Santa Clara counties. 

Who We Are

Board of Directors 

Susan Ford Dorsey,

Susan Lockwood,
Vice President

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen,


Ash McNeely,
​Executive Director 

​Fatma Abdullahi,
Grants Manager

Banner photography by 
Terry Lorant   www.tlorant.com
Sand Hill Foundation  3000 Sand Hill Road, 1-120  Menlo Park, CA 94025