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Post: An Equity Framework: Our Commitment To Change

Today, I want to share with you the Equity Framework we have been developing at the Foundation over the past year. In this document you’ll find what we mean by equity, and how we seek to translate words into action, including employing a set of questions to guide and learn from our decisions.

Page: Equity Framework

Overview The purpose of this equity framework is to articulate the Heising-Simons Foundation’s commitment and orientation toward equity in our work. This document is not intended to dictate a uniform approach across our program areas and departments. Specific activities and priorities will be described elsewhere to help keep this document evergreen. The Equity Framework itself… Continue Reading

Post: Grantees in the News, October 2011

The Heising-Simons Foundation is proud to regularly see its grantee partners featured in media outlets across the country, providing an expert voice on a timely issue or being highlighted for their accomplishments and hard work. Here are some news items that have featured our grantees in March 2021.

Page: Free Tools for Communicators

Communications can be a pivotal medium for many organizations when promoting work to the masses. The Heising-Simons Foundation recognizes that capacity and resources can be a problem for many Grantees that are looking to bring awareness to important issues. To help provide support around this, the Foundation has developed a list of free communication tools… Continue Reading

Post: New Multilingual Learning Toolkit for California Early Childhood Educators: Q&A With Grantee Early Edge

One-third of young children in the U.S. live in a household where a language other than English is spoken by a parent or caregiver. In some regions, like the Heising-Simons  Foundation’s home state of California, the majority of children under six years of age are dual-language learners, meaning that they are learning two or more languages at the same time. These emerging bilingual students are a rich asset, pointing to a multilingual future where all children have the opportunity to thrive. This promise cannot be realized unless and until educators have the skills and resources they need to offer effective instruction designed with multi-lingual learners in mind.

Post: Rachael Roettenbacher and Fellow Yale Astronomers Develop Breakthrough Technique in Search of Earth-like Planets

An international team of researchers at Yale University led by 51 Pegasi b Fellow Rachael Roettenbacher and astronomers Sam Cabot and Debra Fischer have developed a breakthrough technique to search for Earth-like planets in other solar systems. The new technique uses a combination of data from ground-based and orbiting telescopes to distinguish between light signals… Continue Reading

Person: Karimah Nonyameko

Karimah Nonyameko is a program officer with the Human Rights program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Karimah worked for the National Alliance on Mental Illness South Carolina (NAMISC) as the Ending the Silence Lowcountry Regional Program Manager. Before joining NAMISC, Karimah worked with’s Generation-to-Generation Program designing an online learning community… Continue Reading

Person: Philip Garcia

Philip Garcia is the office operations manager at the Heising-Simons Foundation’s Los Altos and San Francisco offices. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2021, he worked in the areas of office and facilities management for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and Immigrant Legal Resources Center. Previously, he worked in the radio industry in San Francisco. He… Continue Reading