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Type: Foundation Perspectives

New EPA Rules Put the United States on the Road to Decarbonized Transportation

Since 1970, April 22 has been known as Earth Day. This annual event, initially a call to clean up a polluted environment, is now focused on the existential threat to humankind: climate change.

Rebecca Gomez Op-Ed in Ms. Magazine: Child Care Funding Cliff Is Upon Us

“Since Congress failed to extend the child care stabilization funding from the American Rescue Plan Act in September 2023, the supply of child care has fallen off a cliff in many places across the United States, and its effects on families and the early childhood education workforce are being felt more than ever,” says Rebecca …

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 …

Why Using Natural Gas for Energy is an Obstacle to Climate Progress

In our fight to avert a climate catastrophe, we must phase out every use of fossil fuels that significantly contributes to global warming pollution. While coal consumption in the United States is on its way out and more people are turning to electric vehicles, natural gas has remained stubbornly persistent. Approximately one-third of the country’s primary energy needs are supplied by natural gas, with most of that going to generating electricity, heating homes and buildings, and acting as a feedstock for industrial purposes.

Why I Work on Climate

After three decades as a climate advocate, I’m excited to have joined late last year the Heising-Simons Foundation as the director of the Climate and Clean Energy program. I am honored to lead a team of extraordinarily dedicated and passionate experts.

Leading with Trust in Local Grantmaking

In fall 2021, members of the Foundation’s Community and Opportunity (C&O) team took part in a Remote Learning Series offered by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) with a focus on community-driven funding. The goal of our participation in this pilot was to better support local grantee partners as they build the power of residents in San Jose, California to influence local policy and systems change.