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American Mosaic Journalism Prize Awarded to David Dennis, Jr. and Michelle García

The Heising-Simons Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 American Mosaic Journalism Prize: David Dennis, Jr. and Michelle García.

Making Headlines: Grantees in the News, November 2018

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 November 2018.

Mapping the Early Childhood Funding Landscape

In the United States, over 15 million children under the age of nine live in poverty, and more than half of all children ages three to four are not enrolled in preschool due to lack of access to high-quality and affordable early childhood programs. As philanthropy seeks to address these disparities, it is important for funders and grantseekers to consider the giving landscape in these areas across the Unites States.

Yale Leads Research Collaboration to Explore Origins of the Universe

Yale physics professor David DeMille has launched a pioneering investigation into the origins of the universe with support from the John Templeton Foundation and the Heising-Simons Foundation. DeMille plans to build a novel apparatus to sense the existence of never-before-seen subatomic particles thought to have a determining role in the formation of matter. Proving their …

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Environment

The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) recently released the results of a statewide survey it conducted on environmental issues and policies. In what is the 16th annual PPIC Statewide Survey on environmental issues since 2000, results showed—among other findings—that most Californians state they are willing to pay more for electricity from renewable sources to help reduce …

Letter from the President: July 2016

Working for a staffed family foundation, we often have the opportunity to feel pride in the living donors we represent. Last month, our founders Liz Simons and Mark Heising demonstrated their unwavering belief in the value of philanthropy by joining the Giving Pledge. As many of you know, the Giving Pledge invites the world’s wealthiest …

The Road Less Traveled

Education program officers Holly Kreider and Kimberly Brenneman write about their work with the Foundation’s early math and family engagement grant portfolios in this post for Harvard Family Research Project’s new blog, New Directions in Family Engagement. As program officers at the Heising-Simons Foundation, we often take the road less traveled, seeking out areas of …

Communication Toolkit for Nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations have a need for powerful and innovative communications in order to reach their audiences. We have compiled some useful communication tools that are free for nonprofits, available online. Click on the image below to access these different tools.  

Supporting Development and Research in Early Math Education

Dear Colleagues: We believe that children who enjoy quality early learning experiences gain significant advantages for future achievement. One of the main priorities of our Education program is to inspire greater understanding of early math as a catalyst for school success. Through this grantmaking, we aim to increase the number of young children exposed to …