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Type: Letters from the President

Introducing Our New Director of the Climate and Clean Energy Program

I’m delighted to announce that Roland Hwang will join the Heising-Simons Foundation as the new director of our Climate and Clean Energy program.

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.

Letter From the President: Yesterday, Today, and the Future

I can’t even begin with “On days like this,” because there has been no day like yesterday, no events like this in our Capitol, in our living memory. It is a time that stirs anger, sadness, and deep distress.

Letter from the President

In this holiday week, I wanted to write a note of reflection and thanks to you, our colleagues and friends. We are nearing the end of a tumultuous year. It has been a hard year – a year marked by anger, grief, illness, and loss. It has been a year filled with events that have …

COVID-19 Response: Letter from the President, April 2020

I am thinking of you, your families, your colleagues, and the communities you serve and call home. You and we know that there is more that needs to be done to respond to the COVID-19 crisis than any one of us can do alone. This pandemic has shown all of us the fragility of life and of so many aspects of our society. But I am heartened because, even in the midst of fear, sadness, and want, you, our grantee partners, are making a difference.

Firearm Violence is Not Inevitable

The last few weeks have brought us Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton––more mass shootings, more deaths by firearms. We grieve with the victims, their families, and their communities.

Letter from the President: June 2019

In 2018, the Foundation, for the first time in its history, awarded $100 million in grants in a single year. That we were able to do this is due to a generous Board, a dedicated staff, and, above all, an overwhelmingly thoughtful, creative, and committed set of grantees. We are immensely grateful to you, our …

Letter from the President: November 2018

I look out my office window at a patch of green park, where a flag hangs mournfully at half-mast.  I think it’s for Thousand Oaks. Or Pittsburgh. Or maybe the one before that. How sad that we are becoming inured to massacres.

Letter from the President: May 2018

For a Foundation with as many interests as ours—science, early childhood education, human rights, climate and clean energy—there are few times when a single event reaches across to touch almost all of our issue areas. But in 2020, that rare moment will come in the form of the next U.S. Census.