About Us.

Looking Forward

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.

Investment Focus

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:

lendstreetTraditional MedicinalsPosiGen


We invite you to review the The Libra Foundation’s audited financials:

2015: 990-PFs • 990-TFinancial Statements

2016: 990-PFs990-TFinancial Statements

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.

Join Our Team

Senior Program Officer

The individual in this newly created position will report to the Executive Director and will be actively involved in driving philanthropic strategy, identifying and supporting partners, and working with the family to make real progress in the complicated and important program areas served by The Libra Foundation. See full job description to learn more and to apply.