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The Helen Diller Family Foundation

The Helen Diller Family Foundation supports programs and institutions in both the Bay Area and throughout the world, with a focus on education, science, and the arts. In 2003 the Foundation gave the University of California San Francisco the largest one-time gift from an individual donor in the hospital’s history. The $35 million gift funded the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Care Center. In 2018, the Foundation committed $500 million to UCSF to support planning for a new hospital at Parnassus Heights.



The Foundation has given other major grants and gifts to UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, the De Young Museum, and has supported the renovation of Julius Kahn Playground and Mission Dolores Park, both located in San Francisco. The Foundation also sponsors the Diller Family Award for Excellence in Education, an annual recognition of top educators in their field.


The Foundation believes that supporting Jewish teens today creates future generations of strong Jewish leaders. These teens are not only our future, they are also passionate and creative, and will bring innovation and inspiration to the global Jewish community.



For nearly 20 years the Foundation has supported Helen Diller’s integral priority of investing in Jewish teens, creating powerful experiences that strengthen both their Jewish identity and their leadership abilities.


Statement of Values

The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards is a program of the Helen Diller Family Foundation.  Jewish values inform the work of the Foundation in an effort to create ripples of good in the world.  In the words of Helen Diller(z”l),“It’s never too late, too early, or too often to give back and make the world a better place.”


The Foundation is committed to engendering respect for all humanity and building bridges of understanding between different cultures. We welcome diversity within the Jewish community and embrace its racial, ethnic, and religious differences. The Foundation condemns any organization or ideology associated with hatred, including, but not limited to racism, misogyny, anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination, antisemitism, and any other form of bigotry or harassment.

About the Founder

Helen Diller firmly believed, “it’s never too late, too early, or too often to give back and make the world a better place.” She was recognized in November, 2012 for her generous and long-standing commitment to philanthropy with the Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Golden Gate Chapter.