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Category: Community and Opportunity

Q&A with Maritza Maldonado, Executive Director of Grantee Amigos de Guadalupe Center for Justice and Empowerment

Established in 2012, Amigos de Guadalupe Center for Justice and Empowerment (Amigos de Guadalupe) is a nonprofit organization based in the Mayfair neighborhood of East San Jose, California, that primarily serves the immigrant community with financial security, educational, housing, and advocacy opportunities. Amigos de Guadalupe is also one of the founding members of the Si …

Welcoming New Additions to the Journalism Portfolio

The Journalism portfolio recognizes and supports journalism as a critical element of a healthy and multicultural U.S. democracy. To achieve this goal, we support nonprofit journalism organizations across two focus areas: underrepresented groups and voices in media; and investigative journalism.

Translash Q&A with Imara Jones

My name is Imara Jones and I am the founder and CEO of Translash Media. Translash is a nonprofit media organization that uses the power of journalism and nonfiction narratives to help center trans people at a time of social backlash by telling trans stories as a tool to lower the ignorance about our community and consequently violence against our community.

Virtual Book Event: David Dennis Jr. In Conversation With Tonya Mosley

Five years ago, the Heising-Simons Foundation started the American Mosaic Journalism Prize, awarded for excellence in long-form, narrative, or deep reporting on stories about underrepresented and/or misrepresented groups in the American landscape. The prize aims to recognize and support freelance journalists with an unrestricted cash award of $100,000 per recipient, call attention to the recipients’ great promise, and to give them the freedom to continue their work.

Leading with Trust in Local Grantmaking

In fall 2021, members of the Foundation’s Community and Opportunity (C&O) team took part in a Remote Learning Series offered by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) with a focus on community-driven funding. The goal of our participation in this pilot was to better support local grantee partners as they build the power of residents in San Jose, California to influence local policy and systems change.

American Mosaic Journalism Prize Awarded to Julian Brave Noisecat and Ryan Christopher Jones

The Heising-Simons Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 American Mosaic Journalism Prize: Julian Brave NoiseCat and Ryan Christopher Jones. NoiseCat and Jones join a distinguished group of prize recipients, alongside past winners Jaeah Lee, Valeria Fernández, Abe Streep, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, Rebecca Nagle, Darcy Courteau, David Dennis Jr., and Michelle García.

Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley Executive Director Interview, Gabby Chavez- Lopez

We interviewed Gabby Chavez-Lopez, executive director of the Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley. The organization receives funding through the Heising-Simons Foundation’s Community and Opportunity program.

Elevating Underrepresented Stories through Audio Journalism

Journalism is an essential arm of U.S. democracy, and the Heising-Simons Foundation’s Journalism grantees strengthen the field through investigative reporting, and by elevating underrepresented groups, voices, and content in mainstream media.

Strengthening Civic Participation and Racial Justice in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties

The Heising-Simons Foundation believes in the importance of building local resident power and supports San Jose community organizations, emerging leaders, and a strong ecosystem of city government, nonprofits, and residents. Believing that a healthy democracy is dependent upon all community members participating in the public policy process and exercising influence over the decisions that affect …