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Board Chair Liz Simons Delivers Remarks on Women, Girls, and Mass Incarceration

Liz Simons, Chair of the Board of the Heising-Simons Foundation, delivered a slightly revised version of the following remarks at the Giving Pledge Virtual Learning Session “Shifting Power: Breaking Down Structural Barriers for Women”. The event was held on November 30, 2022.

Q&A with Maritza Maldonado, Executive Director of Grantee Amigos de Guadalupe Center for Justice and Empowerment

Established in 2012, Amigos de Guadalupe Center for Justice and Empowerment (Amigos de Guadalupe) is a nonprofit organization based in the Mayfair neighborhood of East San Jose, California, that primarily serves the immigrant community with financial security, educational, housing, and advocacy opportunities. Amigos de Guadalupe is also one of the founding members of the Si …

Looking For Our Next CEO

We are excited to be searching for our next Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The new CEO of the Heising-Simons Foundation has an outstanding opportunity to impact and improve lives through the power of philanthropy and political impact. Driving change across the impact areas of Education, Science, Human Rights, Climate and Clean Energy, and Community and …

Supporting Solidarity and Power Building Across Movements

Over the last two years, the pandemic exposed the intersections of multiple structures of inequality including race, ethnicity, gender, immigration status, and class, which have a multiplying, devastating effect when they cross paths for the same individual. Immigrant women of color, their families, and communities have experienced criminalization in this country in similar yet different ways. 

New Initiative Seeks to Center Expertise of Early Learning Practitioners in California

The Heising-Simons Foundation is pleased to support the Tides Foundation’s new grantmaking effort seeking to center the expertise of early learning practitioners in the policy process in California. This new effort is also supported by Tipping Point Community, Blue Shield of California Foundation, and California Community Foundation.

Turning the Corner on Climate, Rolling up Our Sleeves

After a decades long battle, the U.S. has finally turned the corner on our fight to avert the most dangerous impacts of climate change with the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

New Evaluation Tool for Education Funders Supporting Parent-Led Organizations

Funders for Family Leadership (FFL) has launched the Philanthropic Self-Reflection Tool for Equitable Parent Partnership for education funders and funder collaboratives supporting parent-led organizations.

Q & A with Mariame Kaba, founder and director of Project Nia, and co-founder and principal at Interrupting Criminalization

Q & A with Mariame Kaba, founder, and director of Project Nia and also co-founder and a principal at Interrupting Criminalization. Mariame Kaba is also a co-founder of Survived and Punished, a national formation that is working alongside and on behalf of criminalized survivors of violence.

Foundation Advisory Board Member And NASA’s NuSTAR

Heising-Simons Foundation Science Advisory Board Member, Dr. Fiona Harrison— the Benjamin M. Rosen Professor of Physics, Kent and Joyce Kresa Leadership Chair, Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy at California Institute of Technology—is also renowned for being principal investigator for NASA’s NuSTAR (Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array) mission.