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Category: COVID-19

COVID-19 Response: Letter from the President, April 2020

I am thinking of you, your families, your colleagues, and the communities you serve and call home. You and we know that there is more that needs to be done to respond to the COVID-19 crisis than any one of us can do alone. This pandemic has shown all of us the fragility of life and of so many aspects of our society. But I am heartened because, even in the midst of fear, sadness, and want, you, our grantee partners, are making a difference.

COVID-19 Response: $700,000 Grant to the Center for American Progress

As the COVID-19 pandemic deepens the health and financial crisis, the Foundation has made a $700,000 grant to the Center for American Progress (CAP) — an independent nonpartisan policy institute dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans — to continue its ongoing work so that any federal economic stimulus and recovery efforts support the most vulnerable communities, and advance clean energy. 

Creating “Math Time” for Kids at Home During COVID-19: Kimberly Brenneman Op-Ed for The 74

Kimberly Brenneman, Education program officer at the Heising-Simons Foundation, has co-authored an opinion piece for early childhood educators and organizations on how to best support children’s families in fostering math learning opportunities amid COVID-19-related school closures. The piece is published in The 74, a non-profit, non-partisan news site covering education in America.

COVID-19 Response: Heising-Simons Foundation Supports Home-Based Child Care Emergency Fund

The Heising-Simons Foundation’s Education program has made a $500,000 grant to support Home Grown’s Home-Based Child Care Emergency Fund, a relief program to address the needs of home-based child care caregivers and providers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Response: $1.1 Million Grant to Keep Families Virtually Connected to Parenting Services

The Heising-Simons Foundation’s Education program is pleased to support the Parents as Teachers National Center (PATNC) with a $1.13 million grant to lead the Rapid Response Virtual Home Visiting (HV-RRC) collaborative, an effort to create and disseminate free online resources for home visitors on virtual family interactions, amid the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Heising-Simons Foundation Supports Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center COVID-19 Response With $2 Million Grant

Amid the unprecedented public health crisis caused by the novel coronavirus COVID-19, the Heising-Simons Foundation has made a $2 million grant to the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Foundation to establish a COVID-19 Response Initiative at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG).

Timely Financial Assistance Opportunities from the CARES Act

These are difficult times, and we are thinking of our grantee partners. As you know, the President recently signed the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill, known as the CARES Act. With it, come two opportunities which may be helpful to you.

Responding to COVID-19

Like many others, we take very seriously the concerns around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). To do our part to reduce the threat and spread of the virus, we have asked all of our employees to telecommute temporarily, and we will conduct all meetings via phone or video conference, rather than have our staff or visitors come to our offices or travel to other locations.