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Post: Giving Code Learning and Experimentation Grants Announced

The Heising-Simons Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation have announced the recipients of the Giving Code Learning and Experimentation Grants, which include 20 local nonprofits serving Silicon Valley’s diverse residents. The Giving Code is a groundbreaking report that revealed local community-based organizations’ struggles to keep up with a rising demand for services, paying… Continue Reading

Post: Making Headlines: Grantees in the News

The Heising-Simons Foundation is proud to regularly see many of 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 over the past month.

Post: Letter from the President: December 2017

There is something quite wondrous about cycles in nature. Nature’s patterns always instill me with hope and remind me of renewal and restoration. Each year at this time, as the year closes and a nation finds itself reflecting, I too try and take a moment to think about the past year before it resets. To… Continue Reading

Post: An Advocacy Framework for Young Dual-Language Learners in California

Young dual-language learners represent 60 percent of the 0-5 population in California, and most of the state’s English learners can be found in the early elementary grades.To help advance advocacy on behalf of young dual-language learners in California, the Heising-Simons Foundation has helped launch California’s Gold: Capitalizing on California’s Diversity Today, for a Brighter Tomorrow, an advocacy framework and resource website authored by Dr. Marlene Zepeda and written after extensive consultation with the early childhood education field.

Person: Claudia Avitia

Claudia Avitia is a program associate for the Science program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2017, Claudia provided technical and project coordination support at Esri, an international supplier of geographic information system (GIS) software, web GIS and geodatabase management applications. She also previously worked in human resources and finance. Claudia… Continue Reading

Person: Kendra Rogers

Kendra Rogers is a program officer for the Education program at Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2017, Kendra was managing director of early childhood policy at Children Now, and executive director at First 5 Fresno County. Born and raised in the Central Valley, Kendra has spent her career supporting efforts to improve… Continue Reading

Post: Making Headlines: Grantees in the News

The Heising-Simons Foundation is proud to regularly see many of 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 over the past month.