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Making Headlines: Grantees in the News, July 2018

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 July 2018.

The Earth Machine
Science Magazine, July 26, 2018
“How high must we build sea walls to last until 2100? How bad will heat waves get in the next decade? What will Arctic shipping routes look like in 2030?” These are some of the questions climate scientist Tapio Schneider at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is trying to figure out by employing the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, satellite imaging, and high-resolution simulation. The Foundation’s Science program partly supports Schneider’s planning work to develop this ambitious new climate model.

Environmental Issues Weigh Heavily for California Voters
KQED News, July 26, 2018
A survey by grantee the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) has found that a majority of likely voters in The Golden State strongly favor a range of issues related to mitigating climate change and supporting energy policy, water policy—and how these issues may affect their vote in the November gubernatorial election. PPIC’s survey was supported in part by the Foundation’s Climate and Clean Energy program.

How Silicon Valley Has Disrupted Philanthropy
The Atlantic, July 25, 2018
Despite increased demand, community-based nonprofits in Silicon Valley face unique challenges to attract local, tech-driven donors. This article highlights several recipients of the Giving Code Experimentation and Learning Grants, an initiative of The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Heising-Simons Foundation to support new ways of engaging and building stronger connections between local nonprofits and funders.

City of Fear
New York Magazine, July 23, 2018
New York Magazine paints a long and detailed picture of what it’s like to be one of New York’s 20,000 immigrants that have been identified for deportation since the new administration. The story was written in collaboration with The Marshall Project and also features WITNESS, both grantees of the Foundation’s Human Rights program.

Advocates: Better Pre-K Begins With Better Pay
Santa Fe New Mexican, July 19, 2018
Detailing how poorly paid educators are a key barrier to improving early childhood programs, this article mentions the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment’s 2018 Early Childhood Workforce Index, a report supported by the Foundation’s Education program.

Jorgito’s Journey
San Francisco Chronicle, July 8, 2018
This article details a 4-year-old boy immigrant’s harrowing journey after being taken from his mother at the U.S. Southern Border. Two grantees from the Foundation’s Human Rights program, the National Center for Youth Law and the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo, are featured.

Being Poor Can Mean Losing a Driver’s License. Not Anymore in Tennessee.
New York Times, July 4, 2018
A federal judge has struck down Tennessee’s policy of suspending driver’s licenses of people who cannot afford to pay court costs or traffic fines. Civil Rights Corps, a grantee of the Foundation’s Human Rights program and one of the main litigants in this case, is featured in the article.

If you’re a current grantee of the Foundation and would like to be featured in our “Making Headlines” series, please send us a note: [email protected].