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Making Headlines: Grantees in the News, March 2020

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 March 2020.

$2M Grant Will Galvanize COVID-19 Response at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
UCSF News, March 31, 2020
Amid the unprecedented public health crisis caused by the novel coronavirus COVID-19, the Heising-Simons Foundation has made a $2 million grant to the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Foundation to establish a COVID-19 Response Initiative at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG). You can also read the Foundation’s announcement here.

Trump Administration Weakens Auto Emissions Standards
NPR, March 31, 2020
This article, about the recent rollback of vehicle greenhouse emissions standards, quotes the Institute for Policy Integrity at the New York University School of Law, which is supported by the Foundation’s Climate and Clean Energy program.

Eight Early-Career Scientists Awarded 51 Pegasi b Fellowship
Various outlets, March 26, 2020
Eight early-career scientists from around the globe have been selected to receive the Heising-Simons Foundation’s 2020 51 Pegasi b Fellowship for their competitive research focused on planetary astronomy. You can learn more about each fellow here, and read news announcement from affiliated universities here.

When Schools Close, Vulnerable Families Are Left in the Dark
Education Week, March 25, 2020
Whatever the reason, a tragically high percentage of vulnerable families is missing critical communications from their schools exactly when they are most needed,” writes EveryDay Labs in this op-ed that highlights how outdated family contact information is affecting students from low-income backgrounds. EveryDay Lab is supported by the Foundation’s Education program.

Babies Don’t Do Social Distancing
The Hill, March 20, 2020
This op-ed by the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) outlines how inconsistent COVID-19 policy is putting early educators, children, and their families at risk. CSCCE is supported by the Foundation’s Education program.

California Child Care Providers Call for Emergency Support Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
EdSource, March 18, 2020
The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) is one of many national child care advocacy organizations calling on Congress to provide emergency funding “to help early learning programs stay in business.” NWLC is supported by the Foundation’s Education program.

Census, COVID-19, and the Need for Hyper Change
Georgetown University News, March 17, 2002
“Every census cycle faces significant hurdles to get to a fair and accurate count, particularly for people of color, low-income residents, rural residents, and young children,” writes Gary Bass, chair of a national census funder collaborative that includes the Heising-Simons Foundation. “With COVID-19, reaching these groups will be even more difficult as face-to-face mobilization strategies are being replaced with digital outreach.”