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Post: 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… Continue Reading

Post: 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. 

Person: Chelsey Ziegler-Scaffidi

Chelsey Ziegler-Scaffidi is the senior legal counsel at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Chelsey specializes in the law of exempt organizations, serves as a legal liaison to programs, and supports operations and corporate governance across the Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2022, Chelsey was counsel at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation where… Continue Reading

Page: Journalism

The Journalism portfolio recognizes and supports journalism as a critical element of a healthy and multicultural democracy. To achieve this goal, we support nonprofit journalism organizations across two focus areas: underrepresented groups and voices in media; and investigative journalism. The Journalism portfolio maximizes its support by funding outstanding leaders and key organizations, and awarding general… Continue Reading

Person: Aubrey Stevenson

Aubrey Stevenson is the office coordinator at the Heising-Simons Foundation’s Los Altos office. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2022, Aubrey worked for the City of Morgan Hill’s Recreation Department. Previously, she was an intern for California State Assemblymember Evan Low and worked on various political campaigns. Aubrey received a bachelor’s degree in political science… Continue Reading

Grant Highlight: The Embodiment Institute

The Embodiment Institute is fiscally sponsored by NEO Philanthropy. The Embodiment Institute works to bring nonpartisan political and embodied emotional skills to broader communities and to expand its capacity and practice of just relationships. The Embodiment Institute is a training and research entity serving embodied transformation. They are focused on bringing about relational transformation in… Continue Reading