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Making Headlines: Grantees in the News

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 over the past month.

Full Day of Preschool Can Lead to Higher Test Scores
CBS News, April 2018
This news piece is informed by a long-term study that follows the learning experiences of preschool children who are dual-language learners, have special learning needs, or attend subsidized center-based care. The Foundation’s Education program supports this study through Georgetown University.

Helping Hands: Latino Community Rushed to Support Immigrants Impacted by October’s Wildfires
The Press Democrat, April 26, 2018
This article highlights the good work of UndocuFund, an organization that was formed to provide financial assistance to undocumented families impacted by the devastating fires that took place in Northern California late last year. The Foundation’s Community and Opportunity program supports UndocuFund through Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR).

A Lynching Memorial Is Opening. The Country Has Never Seen Anything Like It.
The New York Times, April 25, 2018
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, dedicated to the victims of racial terror lynching across the American South, opened its doors in late April in Montgomery, Alabama. Envisioned by Equal Justice Initiative and supported in part by the Foundation’s Human Rights program, it’s the first memorial of its kind in the United States.

With the Backing of Top Funders, This Group Is Taking the Criminal Justice System to Court
Inside Philanthropy, April 24, 2018
This profile of nonprofit Civil Rights Corps provides a thorough introduction to the organization’s work to end wealth-based pre-trial detention and modern-day debtors’ prisons across the country, and the ways in which philanthropy is aligning behind their work. Civil Rights Corps is supported by the Foundation’s Human Rights program.

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The State of Preschool in the U.S.
U.S. News & World Report, April 18, 2018
This article highlights takeaways from the National Institute for Early Education Research’s (NIEER) 2017 State of Preschool yearbook. The Yearbook, which is supported by the Foundation’s Education program, is the only national report to provide data and insights about state-funded preschool programs.

Pressure Mounts on Contra Costa Sheriff to Stop Posting Inmate Release Dates that ICE Can Use
East Bay Times, April 12, 2018
The California Values Act bars local law enforcement from notifying federal immigration officers of the release dates of undocumented immigrants who have committed low-level offenses. The Asian Law Caucus, an organization supported by the Foundation’s Human Rights program, is working to ensure that the bill is upheld and not undermined by local law enforcement.

ADMX Brings New Excitement to Dark Matter Search
Symmetry Magazine, April 9, 2018
The Axion Dark Matter Experiment has achieved the necessary sensitivity to sense dark matter axions (theoretically predicted particles that might constitute the missing matter in the universe), becoming the only experiment every built to attain such precision. The Heising-Simons Foundation’s Science program supports this research through grants to the University of Washington and the University of Chicago.

Elementary School Holds Graduation Ceremony for Parents
KRQE News, April 4, 2018
“What does it mean to be bilingual? Nutrition. Social and emotional health. Literacy. Advocacy. What are our right as parents?” These are some of the topics covered by Abriendo Puertas’ courses that help Latino immigrant parents navigate their children’s education system in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Abriendo Puertas is supported by the Foundation’s Education program.

As EPA Moves to Weaken Emission Standards, Environmentalists and States Push Back
WJLA-Washington, D.C., April 3, 2018
Several grantees from the Foundation’s Climate and Clean Energy program react to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to revise fuel efficiency standards for the auto industry. The grantees highlighted in this piece are the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Environmental Defense Fund, and Natural Resources Defense Council.