Topic: Local and Emerging Opportunities

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Resources For Nonprofits Facing Facility Challenges

As part of the Local and Emerging Opportunities program, the Heising-Simons Foundation has supported the development of resources for nonprofits facing facility challenges or growing out of their current workspaces. Below are some of these new resources that may be of interest to you—please also feel free to share this information with other nonprofits that may find it helpful. Continue Reading

PropelNext: Strengthening Organizations Serving Youth in the San Francisco Bay Area

Many organizations serving youth continuously strive to become more effective in their work to transform lives. PropelNext, an initiative of the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, provides knowledge, resources, and expertise to nonprofits in order to help them build more robust programs serving young people. Continue Reading

Analyzing Gun Violence Narratives in California News

Gun violence is a leading cause of premature death in California and across the country. And although newspapers cover gun violence extensively, a new report shows they rarely focus on root causes or possible solutions. In its report “More Than Mass Shootings: Gun Violence Narratives in California News,” the Berkeley Media Studies Group explores coverage of the three most common types of gun violence—suicide, domestic violence, and violence in the community, such as homicides and mass shootings—in California newspapers from October 2016 to October 2017. Continue Reading

‘Spaces For Good’ Connects Bay Area Nonprofits to Available Work Spaces

It’s no secret that the San Francisco Bay Area has one of the highest real estate costs in the United States. A 2016 report from Northern California Grantmakers revealed that office prices in the Bay Area had increased 122 percent over the past five years, and that most of the nonprofits surveyed were seriously concerned about the ways in which the real estate market may affect their long-term sustainability. Continue Reading

American Mosaic Journalism Prize Awarded to Jaeah Lee and Valeria Fernández

The American Mosaic Journalism Prize rewards and empowers two freelance journalists with an unrestricted cash award of $100,000 each, for demonstrated excellence in long-form, narrative, or deep reporting on stories about underrepresented and/or misrepresented groups in the present American landscape. Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

Preventing Firearm Violence

Dr. Wintemute is a UC Davis emergency room physician who has been researching gun violence for the past three decades. He leads the University of California Firearm Violence Prevention Research Center (FVRC), the only state-funded research center of its kind in the United States. The Foundation’s Local and Emerging Opportunities program has supported the U.C. Davis Violence Prevention Research Program (VPRP), where FVRC is located. Continue Reading

Firearm Violence Research Center Launches at UC Davis

The Firearm Violence Research Center (FVRC) at UC Davis launched earlier this month with the goal of conducting research and policy development on firearm violence, and on the connections between violence, substance abuse, and mental illness. Continue Reading

Heising-Simons Foundation Grants to Strengthen and Sustain Journalism

In this country’s infancy, the founders recognized the value of journalism as an institution to keep the new government in check... Continue Reading

Emergency Relief Efforts to Support San Jose Flood Victims

This past February, during one of the wettest winters in California on record, thousands of residents in San Jose were forced to evacuate their homes… Continue Reading