SFOP has been developing leaders in San Francisco congregations, schools and community centers for 25 years. We believe that San Francisco can be a city for all.
Eleanor Williams, Former SFOP Board President
Who We Are
SFOP is a member of the PICO National Network and PICO California. The PICO National Network is one of the largest community-based efforts in the United States with more than 1,000 member institutions representing one million families in 150 cities and 17 states, as well as a growing international effort. PICO California’s mission is to bring the voices and concerns of regular Californians to the statewide policy arena. PICO California is made up of 19 congregation-based community organizations representing 350 congregations and 450,000 families across the state.
Since 1972 PICO has successfully worked to increase access to health care, improve public schools, make neighborhoods safer, build affordable housing, redevelop communities and revitalize democracy. Nonpartisan and multicultural, PICO provides an opportunity for people and congregations to translate their faith into action. More than 40 different religious denominations and faith traditions are part of PICO. Together we are lifting up a new vision for America that unites people across region, race, class, and religion.
SFOP believes that the quality of life for everyone who lives in San Francisco improves when we adopt policies that welcome families, seniors and individuals of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, lifestyles and economic capacities. We work in over 30 congregations and schools representing 40,000 San Franciscans in 17 different neighborhoods. We develop courageous community leaders and bold grassroots campaigns on the issues that directly affect San Franciscans. SFOP has a broad-based constituency, and our leaders influence public officials to make better decisions about important issues that affect us all – health care, affordable housing, neighborhood safety, immigrant integration, economic opportunity and education.
Democracy in Action
The power of SFOP starts in the Local Organizing Committees (LOCs). In monthly meetings in congregations and schools stretching from the Sunset to Bayview and from the Mission to the Richmond, community members gather to identify problems and ways to solve them. Some problems, like a new traffic light, have quick fixes; others, like improving schools or creating affordable housing, may take years and complex campaigns to solve. SFOP is committed to racial and economic justice no matter how long it takes. We believe that steps taken along the way are as important as the final result. Our model allows local volunteer leaders to build power though:
- Listening to and building one-to-one relationships with those in their community
- Becoming experts on issues through training, research and policy analysis
- Collaborating with other community organizations
- Holding decision-makers accountable through large, public actions
- Joining with other PICO organizations across the state and country to make state and national policy change