Over the past 14 years, The Libra Foundation has done significant grantmaking in progressive causes and movements, with a multi-generational family being closely involved with the Foundation, setting its strategy and interacting with many of the Foundation’s grantee partners.
The Foundation is entering a new chapter in its evolution. While the family remains very engaged in the work of the Foundation, the move to San Francisco marks the beginning of “Libra 2.0”. Having recently appointed a new Executive Director, the Foundation will heighten its support of advocacy and civic engagement efforts, and is in the process of building out its team.
Mission matters — in both grants and investments. The Libra Foundation’s endowment of approximately $260 million is invested for impact by the Candide Group and Asset Consulting Group across a variety of asset classes. In addition to screening out industries that directly contribute to climate change and public health crises (such as oil, gas, tobacco and firearms), The Libra Foundation makes direct investments in businesses and social enterprises that are mission driven.
A small sampling of our investments includes:
We invite you to review the The Libra Foundation’s audited financials:
Meet Our Team
Crystal Hayling, Executive Director
Crystal brings to The Libra Foundation a wealth of domestic and international experience across a broad spectrum of equity-focused issues. For six years, Crystal lived in Singapore where she built bridges between civil society and emerging donors in Southeast Asia to address income inequality and climate change. As managing director of the Aspen Institute’s Environmental Fellowship, Crystal designed a global leadership program focused on the food system’s impact on the environment.
Feeding her interest in equitable health care, Crystal was CEO of the Blue Shield of California Foundation where she spearheaded work to achieve universal health coverage. She was also part of the founding team at The California Wellness Foundation where she led a groundbreaking initiative to shift youth violence prevention from a criminal justice issue to a public health effort.
She has served on the boards of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, Northern California Grantmakers, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, and Grantmakers in Health. Most recently Crystal was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to serve on the California State Board of Food and Agriculture. She has also lived and worked in China and Mexico.
Born and raised in Florida, Crystal is a graduate of Yale University and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. She and her husband live in the Bay Area with their two teenage sons.
Ashley Clark, Knowledge and Grants Manager
A passionate believer in philanthropy’s potential to promote equity and social justice, Ashley Clark brings grantmaking, operations, marketing and communications experience to her work with The Libra Foundation.
As Knowledge and Grants Manager, Ashley stays abreast of the key leaders and trends in the Foundation’s program areas. Coupling extensive sector knowledge with deep data management expertise, Ashley administers and monitors Libra’s funding portfolio—working closely with current grantees and identifying potential partners.
Ashley formerly served Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2) as Director of Grantee Impact & Strategic Initiatives, where she co-led SV2’s strategic planning process, revised the organization’s capacity building strategy, and built strong relationships with grantees through an initiative focused on resilient youth. Prior to joining SV2’s team, Ashley consulted with a range of nonprofits, including Kiva.org, Faces SF, and BUILD.
Ashley is an economics graduate of Spelman College, and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. Ashley is a 2017-2018 Harmony Initiative Fellow with the Justice Funders Network. Raised in Memphis, Tennessee, she lives in San Francisco with her husband, her young son, and her Wheaten Terrier.