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Category: Human Rights

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 …

Human Rights Day: A Funder’s Perspective On the Crisis at the U.S.-Mexico Border

The Heising-Simons Foundation’s Human Rights program has contributed an essay to Article 3’s digital anthology, “The Next 25: A Collection of Essays on the Future of Human Rights,” outlining its grantmaking approach to the humanitarian crisis at the US-Mexico Border. The essay is reproduced in full below. An Intersectional Approach to the Crisis at the …

Human Rights Day: Join Article 3’s Commemoration, “Still We Rise”

December 11, 2023, marks the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a milestone document in the history of human rights that upholds the inherent dignity, equality, and rights of every individual. Heising-Simons Foundation is pleased to partner with Article 3 to commemorate this important milestone. The event, “Still We Rise,” will …

The Carceral Carousel: Q&A with Grantees Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Detention Watch Network

Over the past three decades, the federal immigration and criminal legal systems have become increasingly intertwined. Using the criminalization of Black and brown people as a tool, these two systems, working in tandem, have driven up rates of arrest, incarceration, and deportation, fueling the growth of the prison industry and leading to the separation of both citizen and noncitizen families.

Heising-Simons Foundation Joins Philanthropic Funders in Response to Supreme Court’s Decision on Affirmative Action

The Heising-Simons Foundation signed the following statement by funders and philanthropic organizations in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings in Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina and Students for Fair Admissions v. President and Fellows of Harvard College.

Liz Simons: “The Biggest Driver of Mass Incarceration? Maybe Mass Incarceration”

“One of the biggest drivers of mass incarceration, for all genders, is mass incarceration itself,” writes Liz Simons, Heising-Simons Foundation’s Chair of the Board, in her article for the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS).

Introducing Three New Colleagues

The Heising-Simons Foundation is excited to welcome two new program officers, joining our Climate and Clean Energy and Human Rights teams, and a program associate joining our Community and Opportunity team.

Supporting Solidarity and Power Building Across Movements

Over the last two years, the pandemic exposed the intersections of multiple structures of inequality including race, ethnicity, gender, immigration status, and class, which have a multiplying, devastating effect when they cross paths for the same individual. Immigrant women of color, their families, and communities have experienced criminalization in this country in similar yet different ways. 

Q & A with Mariame Kaba, founder and director of Project Nia, and co-founder and principal at Interrupting Criminalization

Q & A with Mariame Kaba, founder, and director of Project Nia and also co-founder and a principal at Interrupting Criminalization. Mariame Kaba is also a co-founder of Survived and Punished, a national formation that is working alongside and on behalf of criminalized survivors of violence.