THE CARL GELLERT AND CELIA BERTA GELLERT FOUNDATION'S POLICY IS TO PROMOTE EXCLUSIVELY RELIGIOUS, CHARITABLE, SCIENTIFIC, LITERARY OR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES RESTRICTED TO LOCAL GIVING IN THE NINE COUNTIES OF THE GREATER SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA (ALAMEDA, CONTRA COSTA, MARIN, NAPA, SAN FRANCISCO, SAN MATEO, SANTA CLARA, SOLANO, AND SONOMA). NO GRANTS ARE MADE TO INDIVIDUALS.
WHO WE SUPPORT
The Carl Gellert & Celia Berta Gellert Foundation has made grants to charities all across the San Francisco Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma) for nearly 20 years.
The Foundation has supported numerous charitable causes in the nine Bay Area counties, from supporting educational institutions to social services for the homeless, affordable low-income housing, and religious, public, and private school education.
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The Carl Gellert Foundation was established in December 1958, and The Celia Berta Gellert Foundation was established in November 1970. The two foundations merged in December of 1994 to become The Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Foundation.
Carl Gellert was born in the San Francisco Bay Area and as a child, grew up with very little means. From a young age, Carl knew what it was like to work hard and to earn a living. "We worked after school, and all day Saturday. Sometimes we worked all day Sunday" recalled Carl. "There was no going off to camp for us in the summer, but we liked the business and never felt we were missing a thing." With his strong work ethic, and dream to one day build homes, Carl along with his brother, started Sunstream Homes. "In 1962 Sunstream Homes joined with the Crocker Land Company in developing one of the Bay Area's first large scale planned communities". In addition, Carl Gellert served as president of the local home builders' association and as regional director and lifetime director of the National Association. He was past president of the Associated General Contractors and served as chairman of the Building Industry Conference Board and was recipient of the Board's honor award. (Sunstream Homes: 50 Golden Years of Home Building Excellence). Carl passed away in 1974. Celia "Tillie" Berta Gellert was born in San Francisco, and passed away in 2000. The legacy of Carl and Tillie Gellert now lives on through their philanthropic generosity in the education, religious, and scientific fields in the San Francisco Bay Area.