Supporting programs


Leadership & Organizational Health


Cowell commonly funds the direct costs of delivering services and operating programs for community residents; but we are keenly aware that the scope and quality of those services, and ultimately their effectiveness, depend on the vitality of our grantee organizations. Accordingly, grantees in the Families, Education, and Youth program areas may inquire about complementary grants through the Leadership & Organizational Health program.

In addition, Cowell supports organizations whose mission and core capability is leadership development.

Community Resources


Through our active engagement in communities, we often learn about critical needs and opportunities that lie outside our main program areas. For that purpose, we maintain a budget for responsive grants in communities where we are active. This complementary program is necessarily broad, but likely areas of focus include:

  • Affordable housing construction and preservation;
  • Small business and workforce development;
  • Access to banking services, credit, and other supports for economic security;
  • Neighborhood infrastructure such as parks, gardens, and greenways.

Recent grants

LeaderSpring Center

To provide professional development to a cohort of emerging Bay Area non-profit leaders.

California Environmental Justice Alliance

To support a statewide, community-led alliance advancing environmental justice priorities in California.