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Storytelling Math Honored with 2023 Mathical Book Prizes

Storytelling Math, a collaboration between Education grantee partner TERC and Charlesbridge Publishing, won multiple awards at the 2023 Mathical Book Prize, announced on February 15. Again, Essie! by Jenny Lacika won the Mathical Award for Pre-Kindergarten books, and Usha and the Big Digger by Amitha Jagannath Knight was one of two Honor Books for Pre-Kindergarten.

A Big Thank You

As I emailed earlier this year, after 10 years at the Heising-Simons Foundation, I am now retiring. I wanted to reach out to you once more, to thank you and to wish you well. 

Looking For Our Next CEO

We are excited to be searching for our next Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The new CEO of the Heising-Simons Foundation has an outstanding opportunity to impact and improve lives through the power of philanthropy and political impact. Driving change across the impact areas of Education, Science, Human Rights, Climate and Clean Energy, and Community and …

A Letter from Liz Simons, Chair of the Board

Some 15 years ago, when our family foundation was barely a glimmer in our eye, I met Deanna at an early childhood education gathering in San Jose. Deanna stood out from the other policy experts; she was brilliant, steeped in knowledge about young children’s learning. I was delighted when she agreed to go out to lunch with me and talk to me about everything she knew.

A Letter From Outgoing President and CEO Deanna Gomby

I am writing today to let you know that I’ve decided to retire at the end of this year.

Heising-Simons Foundation President to Retire, National Search Underway

The Heising-Simons Foundation today announced that President and CEO Deanna Gomby has decided to retire at the end of 2022, after more than 10 years leading the Foundation.

Grantees in the News, November 2021

The Heising-Simons Foundation is proud to regularly see its grantee partners featured in media outlets across the country, providing an expert voice on a timely issue or being highlighted for their accomplishments and hard work. Here are some news items that have featured our grantees in November 2021.

An Equity Framework: Our Commitment To Change

Today, I want to share with you the Equity Framework we have been developing at the Foundation over the past year. In this document you’ll find what we mean by equity, and how we seek to translate words into action, including employing a set of questions to guide and learn from our decisions.