Family House: The Future is at Mission Bay

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As Family House looks to the future, we hope to continue serving the pediatric patient population when UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital moves to the Mission Bay Area of San Francisco. The area is being redeveloped from the ground up, which means Family House must acquire a piece of land and construct a new building in the vicinity of the hospital to fulfill our mission. Plans are under way to ensure that families will receive the same care, comfort and compassionate housing completely free of charge while their child receives care at the new hospital.

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Your support means everything at this critical juncture as we work towards securing new property and look to the start of construction of a new house. Thank you!

Summer 2014

Dear Family House Capital Campaign Donors:

It has been several months since our last campaign update, and here is the reason that we've waited until now to tell you: Family House now OWNS Block 7 East in Mission Bay, as of July 28, 2014. Thanks to the incredibly detailed and intrepid efforts of Karen Tiedemann, our attorney at Goldfarb and Lipman, our fearless leader, Scott Miller and many staff and volunteer hours, the land is ours.

The process took five years to complete, primarily due to the demise of the California Redevelopment Agency; but this red letter day is a testament to merits of focusing on the goal and getting the job done. Special thanks to Catherine Reilly at the Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure, as well as to the OCII Commissioners and Erica Wray at the Mission Bay Development Corporation. All made special efforts on our behalf, and we are grateful to each.

Design and Construction

We are delighted that the final schematics are DONE. Richard Stacy and Greg Novicoff have done a masterful job of overseeing the LMS architectural team's production of our new building plans, including all of the details that will make our house a home. Special thanks to our Real Estate Committee, headed up by Steve Goldfarb (of Anomaly wine fame), Roger Swanson (whose firm designed the new UCSF hospital), Kevin Williams (General Manager Ritz Carlton Residences and Club), and Lorcan Kearney of Cambridge Construction Management who dedicated months to the building design process along with Family House staff.

Now that schematics are complete, Nibbi Brothers General Contractors takes over to request bids from sub-contractors who will handle everything from pilings (required of every building in Mission Bay) to acoustics, signage, mechanical, elevators, plumbing, fire protection, security and every other necessity. Bids will be received and awarded mid-September and construction will commence. This is truly an exciting time in our storied history.

Capital Campaign

We're ALMOST there. To date, Family House has raised over $37 million in cash and pledges toward our $40 million goal. We have a new banking partnership with Northern Trust, who will finance our project as pledges roll in. Most thrilling, however, an anonymous donor has signed an agreement to give Family House $5.0 million dollars throughout the 2015 calendar year. We are indebted to all who made that gift a reality, and especially for the leadership of Campaign Chair, Drew McKnight and the campaign committee.


You should all have received your Save the Date card for our groundbreaking on Wednesday, September 17th at 10:00 am on our new site (540 Mission Bay Boulevard North). We promise the groundbreaking will be a fun and memorable event with many exciting surprises!! If you wish to RSVP now, please click HERE.

Looking forward to seeing you there. Thank you all for making it possible to house every UCSF family who needs our help at Mission Bay.

Sisters staying at Family House A Family House patient holding a teddy bear A hospital patient with a therapy dog Hospital patient Cancer patient staying at Family House

Spring 2014


Thrilling news! The OCII (Redevelopment Commission Successor Agency) unanimously approved the final architectural design of our Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House at Mission Bay earlier this month. Richard Stacy, Principal at architectural firm, Leddy Maytum Stacy aptly presented the design and model to the Commissioners, along with OCII staffer Catherine Reilly. We are indebted to them both. This means all public approvals and meetings have been completed, although our design team will continue to work with OCII staff to finalize every last detail of the architectural plans. A beautiful model was made to scale of the new building, which we will feature at upcoming events. Later on this year, interior design decisions will be finalized as well.


With design, pre-construction, and permitting all on track, we are scheduled to hold our ground breaking ceremony in September, just 6 months away. We promise a wonderful event to mark this long-awaited red letter day in the history of Family House. Be sure to look for your invitation later this year. Nibbi Brothers General Contractors and Cambridge Construction Management are in the process of finalizing all steps in the pre-construction process along with LMS and a full complement of sub-contractors, our partners at UCSF, and the City.

Capital Campaign

We have hit the $28.2 million mark in fundraising with several recent gifts, including MaryJo and Dick Kovacevich ($1,000,000), The Phoebe Snow Foundation ($500,000), and Wells Fargo Bank ($500,000). These and other important gifts, in addition to the value of our current properties ($7.5 million), brings total assets up to $35.7 million. Only $4.3 million to go to reach our goal! Let's leave no stone unturned. If you know anyone who should be invited to join us by investing in this truly important project, please contact Capital Campaign Manager, Susan Neff at

In addition, Family House Treasurer, Kevin Keenley is working on financing for the new building. Once that relationship is negotiated and finalized, we will be sure to keep you posted.

THANK YOU SO MUCH for your help in making sure that every family in need of our services will receive compassionate housing during their child's treatment.

Winter 2014


Architects Richard Stacy and Gregg Novicoff of the architectural firm Leddy, Maytum and Stacy, have finalized schematic design plans for the new Family House. The final steps are to get City approval and OCII Commission approval, so keep your fingers crossed! In the meantime, the able decorations team from Marie Fisher Design is working with Family House board members Susan Mall, Debbie Ablin and Art Ablin to make sure that the new Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House at Mission Bay is warm, hospitable and inviting.


We are due to break ground this August with an 18 month construction schedule. Our construction manager, Lorcan Kearney of Cambridge Construction Management is working hand in hand with Nibbi Brothers General Contractors to make sure that value engineering and extensive planning inform every aspect of this building project. The great news from the City is that we do not have to run a sewage exhaust pipe through our facility (although we will house the generator). For anyone who really wants to know what this means, please contact Alexandra!

Capital Campaign

To date, we've raised $27.1 million!! In addition, we will add approximately $7.5 million to the funds raised through our existing properties (read below). Nancy and Stephen Grand recently hosted a donor cultivation event at their beautiful home in San Francisco. Over 50 of their friends attended to learn more about our project and the campaign. As a result, $1.8 million was pledged toward our campaign (two gifts came from their next door neighbors!) Nancy Grand, once again, shared her personal story of traversing hospitals, waiting rooms and treatment with Stephen. Watch for an interview with Nancy Grand next month in the San Francisco Business Times.

Our next cultivation event in April, will be hosted by Diana Montgomery, Preston Raisin and George Montgomery. We will keep up our efforts until every last dollar is raised. Please, if you haven't already joined us, check out our online donations page to help open new doors of compassion for our families.

Real Estate

You may wonder what will happen to the two existing Family House buildings. Family House is in conversation with UCSF Medical Center to run our 10th Avenue building as an adult guest house, so our doors of compassion will continue to remain open in the Inner Sunset. The Irving Street property will be sold at the time of our move. Combined, these two deals will net our campaign an additional $7.5 million, bringing the total of all sources of income for the campaign up to $34.6 million. Only $5.4 million to raise. Let's go!

Autumn 2013

Land Acquisition

Another milestone! The Owner's Participation Agreement has been finalized, which is a critical step in achieving title to Block 7 East. This means that the project developer and the City have signed off on the parameters for a new Family House at Mission Bay. One step at a time is making this project come to life.


Architects Richard Stacy and Gregg Novicoff of the architectural firm Leddy, Maytum and Stacy, are in the throes of creating schematic design plans for the new Family House. Along the way to finalizing architectural plans, there will be several meetings with City staff, including architects to ensure that our new building fits into the neighborhood. We expect final plans to be ready by early December.

Team Building

The Owner's Representative on this project is Lorcan Kearney from the firm Cambridge Construction Management (CCM). CCM has managed several UCSF building projects at Mission Bay, and Lorcan is doing a great job of making sure that budgeting, scheduling, and coordinated communication occurs efficiently among our consultants and contractors.


After an exhaustive and competitive bidding process, Nibbi Brothers General Contractors won the Family House contract to build our new facility. Jeff Hoopes, President of Swinerton Construction, participated in contractor interviews and selection. Nibbi, long a generous member of the Family House family, didn't have to rely on family ties to win the job. We look forward to working with the Nibbi team to make a building that's attractive, efficient, and comfortable for our families.

Capital Campaign

To date, we've raised $24.8 million!! Jeannie and Spencer Wang recently hosted a donor cultivation event at their beautiful home in Tiburon. Over 50 of their friends attended to learn more about our project and the campaign. The star of the evening was Nancy Grand, who shared her personal story of why Family House is such an important project for her and husband, Stephen. As a professional speaker, Nancy knocked everyone's socks off, and made a compelling case for all present to join her in making an investment in the future of Family House.

Early Autumn 2013

Biggest News of the Day

Nancy Grand, one half of our naming donors, Nancy and Stephen Grand, has joined the Family House Board of Directors. Nancy brings many years of successful nonprofit board service and leadership to our excellent team of dedicated board members. Having recently rotated off the Jewish Community Federation Board of Directors as Chair, the timing was just right for Nancy to turn her attention to our wonderful project. Welcome, Nancy!

Land Acquisition

Family House land use attorney, Karen Tiedemann (talented beyond words), is finalizing the Owner's Participation Agreement with the City's Redevelopment Successor Agency. This, on the tail of last month's signed, executed Transfer Agreement, represents another milestone of success. We expect the final land title for Mission Bay's Block 7 East to transfer to Family House sometime mid-2014, so keep your calendar ready for a groundbreaking party that none of you, our donors, will want to miss!


Richard Stacy and Gregg Novicoff are heading up the architectural and design team at Leddy, Maytum and Stacy (LMS). They are at the midway point through the schematic design of the Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House, and it's taking beautiful shape. To say this is a thrilling step is to understate the palpable energy that our staff, board of directors, donors, volunteers, and families feel. To date, LMS has put together an excellent and diverse group of San Francisco consultants and contractors to round out the talent needed to plan the building.

And speaking of plans, Family House draws upon its very own Kevin Williams, General Manager of the Ritz Carlton Residences in San Francisco, for help in planning the new building. Kevin is ably taking the staff (including our housekeeping folks) through a series of planning sessions to make sure that the building operation is efficient, attractive, and comfortable. Thank you, Kevin.


At long last, and after an exhaustive open and competitive contractor selection process, the Family House Real Estate Committee, headed up by Steve Goldfarb, recommended to the Family House Board of Directors at its regular meeting on September 11th that Nibbi Brothers General Contractors be selected to build our new building, and we couldn't be happier. Special thanks to Jeff Hoopes, President of Swinerton Contractors, who added his expertise to the process. Welcome to Nibbi Brothers!

Real Estate Committee members, Steve Goldfarb, Roger Swanson, Sue Diamond, Paul Finigan, and Scott Miller have worked tirelessly through each process of selection to make sure that Family House continues to measure outcomes by the best standards and practices of nonprofits.

Capital Campaign

To date, we've raised over $24 million. However, the big news is that we've added a star player to our capital campaign team: our naming donor and newest board member, Nancy Grand, has agreed to join the Capital Campaign Committee! This exciting addition will increase our visibility in the community, and help Family House achieve its $40 million goal to build a welcoming home for every pediatric family who needs our services. Again, welcome Nancy!

Owner's Representative

Lorcan Kearney from Cambridge Community Builders, has officially joined the Family House team to oversee all aspects of pre-construction and construction processes. Without Lorcan, whose good humor, outstanding skills, and experience at Mission Bay have taken us to this point, we would not have gotten so far so quickly. Thank you, Lorcan.

Late Summer 2013

Land Acquisition

The final Transfer Agreement, which gives Family House legal control of Block 7E has been finalized by all parties. This is truly a milestone in our years-long pursuit of acquiring this property, and the result of many hours of meetings, negotiations, studies, drafts, public hearings - you name it! It's taken many hands, and fortunately, we have experts both as consultants and as volunteers who have devoted all of their time and talent to make this happen. Being patient is an important and ubiquitous trait at Family House; we know that a long, arduous medical process can lead to tremendous success. Whether waiting for clean scans or a land deal to complete, our staff, families, donors, volunteers are here to realize the new Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House at Mission Bay, whatever it takes!


Now that the land is ours, the San Francisco architectural firm of Leddy, Maytum and Stacy are on the job. The conceptual design, which many of you have seen will, over the next several months, turn into construction drawings. So, our friends at LMS will begin the final drawings (or schematic phase) this month. To accomplish this, they are putting together the pre-construction consulting team who will weigh in on different aspects of building use and design. Various engineers, landscape architects, interior architects, geotechnical consultants and others play an important role in finalizing plans to create an efficient and attractive building.

Team Building

To comply with best practices of development at Mission Bay, Family House is working with the City's Senior Compliance Specialist, George Bridges. Mr. Bridges and LMS will strive to make sure that Small Business Enterprises, and Woman and Minority Owned Businesses are included in key positions throughout the development of our new building.


Our Real Estate Committee has interviewed three outstanding San Francisco General Contractors with experience in developing affordable housing in Mission Bay. The geographical and planning complexities of the area necessitated that many excellent firms who might otherwise be considered, would not have the expertise to work with Family House to complete our project on time and on budget. Selection of the General Contractor will occur at the next Board of Directors meeting in September. We can hardly wait!

Capital Campaign

To date, we've raised $23.8 million!! An exiting effort is being made to realize our $40MM fundraising goal: the UCSF Pediatric staff, from top to bottom, are learning about our new building and ways in which they may support and participate in it. So far, everyone - nurses, social workers, physicians, administrators and staff are enthusiastically looking forward to supporting us. We hope to speak with everyone at UCSF, and to all interested parties everywhere!

Summer 2013

Land Acquisition Progress

It is with tremendous excitement that we can announce that state and local approvals have been received to acquire lot 7E in Mission Bay to build the new Nancy and Stephen Grand Family House!

As we move forward in finalizing legalities, Family House hopes to take control of the land as early as this fall, and could receive title to the property as early as January 2014.

Overall fundraising for our project stands at $23.7 million in funds raised and pledged. We are over 2/3 of the way to completing the campaign, and need your continued help to make our goal of housing every child's family in need during their treatment.

On behalf of everyone at Family House, thank you for all of your efforts in support of our truly important mission.

Early Summer 2013

Land Acquisition Progress

We are delighted to share exciting news just on the horizon for the Family House Mission Bay project. After almost two years of negotiations, including the dissolution of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and establishment of entirely new administrative governing entities, Family House finally has its land acquisition in sight.

On June 4th, Family House presented to the Successor Agency of the Redevelopment Agency, and on June 10th, we presented to the Oversight Board. We shared the many letters of support, and received approval at both meetings. We truly could not have made these first steps without you.

We are now steps closer to the legal success of our land acquisition for development and operation on Block 7 East at Mission Bay. Our excellent legal team of Karen Tiedemann, Sue Diamond and Steve Goldfarb have negotiated with all relevant stakeholders, and are responsible for any success we may have in this area.

With good luck and a lot of preparation, now that City agencies have approved our documents, the project must still receive the approval of the State Department of Finance, which has 45 days to consider the matter. This piece, as well as other approvals, should not be assumed to be a fait accompli. If all goes well, Family House could legally control the land by September 1, 2013, and would receive title to the property by January 2014 when $2.5 million is transferred to the City for investment in Mission Bay affordable housing.

Overall fundraising for our project stands at $22.5 million in funds raised and pledged. We are about 2/3 of the way to goal, and need your continued help to make our goal of housing every child's family in need during their treatment.

On a related note, for all who have met our patient, Austin Young, and his family, you will be delighted to know that he's got a full schedule of Gaming 4 a Cause events this summer to benefit Family House. As Austin enters UC Davis in the fall, we will continue to support this young man's successes in facing cancer for the past 19 years, and giving back to those who have helped him. He is an inspiration to all of us working so hard to be there for all of the new families who will need our services at Mission Bay.

On behalf of everyone at Family House, especially our incredibly grateful parents, thank you for all of your efforts in support of our truly important mission.

Spring 2013

Fundraising Efforts March Forward

The Annual Family House Gala, this year's Madmen party on May 4th, is yet another opportunity to showcase those who benefit from our services, as well as our generous donors who support our mission. We hope you'll make every effort to attend, as this year's Gala promises to be the most memorable yet.

Board member Gerry Sangiacomo hosted a beautiful open house and breakfast at our 50 Irving Street building for 50 of her closest friends. During the morning fete, guests were able to tour the house, meet staff and hear directly from our families what Family House means to them. Several event attendees signed up on the spot to volunteer, learn more and make donations.

The 19th Annual Cabernet for Connoisseurs™ wine tasting, dinner and auction was a smashing success! The party kicked off with the announcement of the Grands' naming pledge, which set the tone for event co-chairs Karen and Neil Aldoroty to put on a party that brought in over $800,000. Exceeding all expected goals, many new people were introduced to Family House, our mission, and a lot of excellent wine. Follow up meetings are already in process to further acquaint our community with our fine work and plans for the future. To view some photos from Cabernet for Connoisseurs™ 2013, please click here.

Board members Art Ablin and Michelle Hermiston were integral participants of our UCSF Capital Campaign Kickoff Ice Cream Social at the hospital in April for the Pediatric Division Heads, faculty and staff. We were able to speak directly to over 150 potential donors to the campaign who were shown the schematics and hear our exciting news about the future of Family House in Mission Bay. To view some photos from that event, please click here.

Winter 2013

Land Acquisition

Family House has been working diligently to secure land in Mission Bay to build our new 80 room facility. Acquisition of the land is a vital step to achieving our dream. It's been a long wait, but Mayor Lee has finally appointed a new Commission to succeed the Redevelopment Agency Commission, which has the legal authority to sign the contract with Family House to purchase 30,000 square feet of Block 7 East to develop at Mission Bay. The two parties must sign a Disposition and Development Agreement (DDA) as the first step in legally acquiring this piece of land. As we understand from the City staff members, Family House will be among the first group of DDAs in the queue of development projects at Mission Bay to be considered by the new SFRA. Our hope is to have a signed, executed DDA by the second quarter of this year. This will mark a tremendous milestone in the project, as we have been in conversation with the City for many years for this piece of Block 7.


The architectural firm of Leddy, Maytum and Stacy has prepared conceptual drawings of a new Family House at Mission Bay with floor plans. We look forward to starting the final schematic drawings once we're further along on fundraising.


Our goal is to manage this large construction project in such a way as to make sure we are efficient and cost effective. We are in the process of identifying appropriate and qualified consulting firms from which we will seek proposals to identify an Owner's Representative. Once hired, this firm will assist in all facets of hiring, overseeing and finishing the construction process. Their first piece of business will be to work with us to issue a request for proposal to qualified contractors for an open and competitive bidding process.

Appraisal of Existing Properties

Carneghi and Blum Appraisers have completed a full appraisal of our two existing properties; and we intend to start the process to find a buyer for these two sites, so that we can apply the sales amount to our overall Mission Bay goal of $40 million.


We're going great guns in the silent phase of our project. The outstanding capital campaign committee is actively cultivating and soliciting donors. We hope you will share your passion and support for Family House with your friend and family and encourage them to join the growing number of our volunteers, friends and supporters.

Building Blox Consulting is another essential component of our fundraising team. They are, along with Campaign Manager, Susan Neff, are providing strategic counseling on donor research and solicitation.


Board members, Amy and Drew McKnight, held a successful cultivation event in their home for colleagues in the investment community in November. One-on-one meetings are scheduled to follow up for cultivation and solicitation.

Cabernet for Connoisseurs™, to be held on Friday, February 8 at the San Francisco St. Regis Hotel is being designated as the next big cultivation opportunity for potential campaign donors. Drew McKnight, Scott Miller, George Hamel and others are purchasing tables to invite individuals interested in the Family House mission and involved with philanthropy. We look forward to a hugely successful event.

Autumn 2012

Family House staff were invited to take a hard hat tour of the new UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in August. Construction is well underway - the shell of the building is up, and the interior construction has begun: I-beams, drywall, and studs. It's becoming easier to imagine how the renderings of the new patient rooms will take shape at Mission Bay. Acute Care and Intensive Care patient rooms are being designed not just for the best possible patient care, but also to be a comfortable environment for families, and an efficient place to work for medical staff. You can read more about the project by visiting the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital website. View the photos below of Family House staff at Mission Bay, and check back soon for more updates.

Family House Staff tour the new UCSF Children's Hospital Amy Lenz and the rest of the Family House Staff tour the new UCSF Children's Hospital Construction of the new UCSF Children's Hospital Construction of the new UCSF Children's Hospital Construction of the new UCSF Children's Hospital

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