Drawing of Risa by her father, artist Sol Schwartz

President Risa Schwartz shares why she’s so passionate about our mission: 

“Throughout my life, I’ve turned to books, which have opened my world, challenged my beliefs, and inspired my creativity. Watching the children in my life and community discover the power of the written word excites me even more than reading myself. What new ideas, passions, philosophies, games, and beauty are they uncovering? Which will they learn to invent, write down themselves, and share with their kids?

“The Project has always done a lot with a little. When I contribute, I know that every dollar I donate and every minute I volunteer is used to the maximum extent to put books into kids’ hands at home, in classrooms, and in other community spaces.”

Read Risa’s full San Francisco Foundation donor story!