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Author: Madeleine Perkins

First Open Call for Support of Science Events and Gatherings

The Heising-Simons Foundation’s Science program is soliciting its first open call for proposals for support of meetings, workshops, conferences, summer schools, research collaboration gatherings, and other events related to astronomy, cosmology, fundamental physics, climate change science, as well as increasing the representation and retention of underrepresented groups within these areas.  The Science program expects to …

Rebecca Gomez Op-Ed in Ms. Magazine: Child Care Funding Cliff Is Upon Us

“Since Congress failed to extend the child care stabilization funding from the American Rescue Plan Act in September 2023, the supply of child care has fallen off a cliff in many places across the United States, and its effects on families and the early childhood education workforce are being felt more than ever,” says Rebecca …

Heising-Simons Foundation Grantees Awarded MacKenzie Scott Large Grants

Several grantees of the Heising-Simons Foundation have been awarded unrestricted grants in the $1-2 million range for “outstanding work advancing the voices and opportunities of individuals and families of meager or modest means, and groups who have met with discrimination and other systemic obstacles,” Yield Giving announced this week. Our grantees join a total pool …

Foundation President and CEO Sushma Raman to Speak as Part of Stanford’s Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative

Heising-Simons Foundation President and CEO Sushma Raman will speak at the Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative (EPLI), hosted by the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS), from May 1-3, followed by a virtual component May 8-10. EPLI is a 6-day executive-style learning course for philanthropy professionals. The course will cover: Donors’ values and focus …

Journalism Grantee FRONTLINE Wins Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature Film

FRONTLINE documentary film 20 DAYS IN MARIUPOL, made in partnership with the Associated Press (AP), won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature Film at the Oscars ceremony in March 2024. 20 DAYS IN MARIUPOL tells the important and powerful story from the perspective of an AP team of Ukrainian journalists trapped in the besieged …

Environmental Defense Fund’s MethaneSAT Successfully Launches

MethaneSAT, a new satellite that will find and measure methane emissions with unparalleled precision – including emissions that other satellites simply can’t see – successfully launched from Vanderberg Space Force Base on March 4, 2024, with the aid of SpaceX. MethaneSAT is funded by Climate and Clean Energy grantee Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Heising-Simons Foundation Board …

MethaneSAT: Q&A With Board Member Mark Heising

MethaneSAT, a new satellite funded by Climate and Clean Energy grantee Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), launched from Vanderberg Space Force Base on March 4, 2024. MethaneSAT will find and measure methane emissions with unparalleled precision. Heising-Simons Foundation Board member Mark Heising serves as Chair of the Board of EDF and sits on the steering committee …

Grantee Publications, January – February 2024

The Heising-Simons Foundation is proud to highlight publications by grantees. We encourage you to look through their inspiring work. Email us at [email protected] if you would like us to share any publications. – children now The 2024 California Children’s Report Card Date of Publication: January 8, 2024 Type of Publication: Report Foundation Program: Education – …

Heising-Simons Foundation Awards $3 Million for Informing Gravity Theory

This month, the Heising-Simons Foundation’s Science program awarded $3 million over three years for two theoretical and experimental research projects on Informing Gravity Theory in the laboratory. These projects focus on exploring how the platforms and techniques of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) physics can elucidate simple models of quantum gravity and inform the construction …