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Post: Firearm Violence is Not Inevitable

The last few weeks have brought us Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton––more mass shootings, more deaths by firearms. We grieve with the victims, their families, and their communities.

Post: Making Headlines: Grantees in the News, July 2019

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 July 2019. Ways to Better Serve Often-Misunderstood English-Learners With… Continue Reading

Post: Op-Ed by Board Chair Liz Simons on Early Childhood Education and Women’s Rights

“In Gavin Newsom, California finally has a governor who gets the need for high quality, accessible early childhood education and care. His budget makes a down payment of nearly $2 billion addressing the early years. And yet a recent poll conducted by the Policy Analysis for California Education and the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education shows that California voters rank early childhood spending below other educational priorities,” Heising-Simons Foundation Board Chair and co-founder Liz Simons writes in an Op-Ed for CalMatters this week.

Post: Grantee Borealis Philanthropy Launches Spark Justice Fund

Earlier this month, Borealis Philanthropy announced the official launch of the Spark Justice Fund (SJF), a new donor collaborative awarding $1,745,000 to eight organizations to end money bail, advance pretrial justice reform, and build power in communities most impacted by incarceration.

Person: Gina Peralta

Gina Peralta is a program officer with the Human Rights program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2019, Gina served as the director of site management at The W. Haywood Burns Institute (the Burns Institute), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing racial and ethnic equity in the justice system by… Continue Reading

Person: Jessica Hickok

Jessica Hickok is the Salesforce administrator and architect at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation in 2019, she served as grants manager at several Bay Area philanthropies for over a decade, including the Pisces Foundation and The James Irvine Foundation. Jessica received her bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from Princeton University.