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Remembering Jim Simons (1938–2024)

The Heising-Simons Foundation honors the life and legacy of Jim Simons, 86, who passed away on Friday, May 10, 2024.  The father of Heising-Simons Foundation Chair Liz Simons, father-in-law of Vice Chair Mark Heising, and grandfather of Vice Chair Caitlin Heising, Jim (as he preferred to be called) was an award-winning mathematician, a legend in quantitative investing, and an inspired and generous philanthropist.

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 …

Podcast: Sushma Raman on Leading Social Justice and Philanthropic Initiatives

What types of skills are necessary to lead social justice and philanthropic initiatives? What does it mean to plan and design a career path in the social impact sector, and how can leaders best manage change and challenges? On March 12 at 9 AM EST, Sushma Raman, President and CEO of Heising-Simons Foundation, will be sharing insights and tips on these questions during a live conversation with Craig Zelizer for the Social Change Career Podcast.

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 – …

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 …

American Mosaic Journalism Prize Awarded to Dara T. Mathis and Tamir Kalifa

The Heising-Simons Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 American Mosaic Journalism Prize: Carvell Wallace and Cerise Castle.

What Our Grants and Grantees Looked Like in 2023

Grantee Publications, November – December 2023

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. Yale Program on Climate Change Communications How Many Americans Want an Electric Home? Date of Publication: November 16, 2023 Type of Publication: Brief …