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Category: CEO Fund: Technology and Society

One Year Into My Role as President and CEO

Dear Colleagues and Friends, “My work as a journalist seeks to connect silenced histories to our present day,” says Dara T. Mathis, one of two recipients of the Heising-Simons Foundation’s 2024 American Mosaic Journalism Prize. The Prize is awarded to freelance journalists for excellence in long-form, narrative, or deep reporting about underrepresented communities in the …

President’s Year-End Letter

Dear Grantees and Partners: When the Heising-Simons Foundation welcomed me as its new leader in February 2023, we as a staff and Board embarked on a shared journey to reflect on the many changes taking place within the Foundation and in the world. The nature of the problems we are tackling—whether the scale of climate …

Heising-Simons Foundation Joins the Democracy Frontlines Fund in Support of Racial Justice Groups

Heising-Simons Foundation has joined the Democracy Frontlines Fund (DFF), an initiative of the Libra Foundation to support racial justice organizing. The initiative was launched in 2020, following the murder of George Floyd, in solidarity with the historic civil rights uprising. Heising-Simons joins 13 other funders who are collectively committing $35.5 million over three years.

Philanthropies Launch $200 Million Initiative to Support Responsible Use and Innovation of Artificial Intelligence

As part of its grantmaking seeking to address the impact of technology on society, Heising-Simons Foundation has joined a new coalition of ten philanthropies to support public interest efforts that mitigate artificial intelligence’s (AI) harms and promote responsible use and innovation, as outlined by Vice President Kamala Harris earlier today. Other partners include the David …

Sushma Raman Moderates Panel on Addressing Gender Bias in Artificial Intelligence

As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to become more ubiquitous in all aspects of our everyday lives, more sectors of our society, business, and government are reckoning with the myriad ways in which these tools can be misused or weaponized against marginalized groups. While they may appear neutral, the uncomfortable truth is that AI models are …

Foundation President and CEO Sushma Raman to Moderate Women Moving Millions NextGen Summit Panel

Heising-Simons Foundation President and CEO Sushma Raman will moderate the Influencing Artificial Intelligence (AI) panel session at the inaugural Women Moving Millions NextGen Summit on Friday, October 20 in New York City. With the largest-ever wealth transfer to women and millennials underway, there are enormous opportunities for next-generation leadership and change. The Women Moving Millions …

Technology and Society Grantees Included in TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in Artificial Intelligence

Two grantee partners of the Heising-Simons Foundation’s CEO Fund: Technology and Society initiative have been included in TIME Magazine’s inaugural list of the top 100 most influential people in Artificial Intelligence (AI).

President and CEO Sushma Raman Joins Heising-Simons Foundation Board

Sushma Raman, President and CEO of Heising-Simons Foundation, has been elected to join the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Ms. Raman joined the Foundation as President and CEO in February 2023, following a national search, and joined the three other directors— Liz Simons, Chair of the Board; Mark Heising, Board Vice Chair; Caitlin Heising, Board Vice …

How Grantee WITNESS Builds Technological Capacity of Grassroots Groups to Increase Police Accountability

Several years ago, while still a graduate student at MIT’s Media Lab, Joy Buolamwini began to notice a troubling pattern in facial recognition technology––an inability to detect a wide range of skin tones and facial structures, even in widely available systems employed by Big Tech, government agencies, and law enforcement.