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Post: 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.

Person: Sadia Hasan

Sadia Hasan is an accounting assistant at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2018, Sadia was a technical and accounts manager at the Rahima Foundation. Born and raised in Pakistan, Sadia received a master’s degree in economics and an MBA in information technology, both from Bahauddin Zakariya University in Pakistan.

Post: Making Headlines: Grantees in the News

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 over the past month.

Post: Equal Justice Initiative’s New Memorial Featured on “60 Minutes”

On April 26, 2018, the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) will open the United States’ first memorial dedicated to the thousands of African-Americans lynched over a seven-decade period following the Civil War, and a new museum dedicated to slavery and its legacy today. EJI is supported by the Foundation’s Human Rights program.

Post: 2017 Grantmaking At A Glance: An Interactive Infographic

The Heising-Simons Foundation continues to grow. In 2017, the Foundation awarded more than $75 million across its programs in education, science, climate and clean energy, human rights, and local and emerging opportunities. To learn more about the Foundation’s grantmaking totals for 2017, as well as grants per program, we invite you to explore our Year At A Glance interactive infographic page. Once you’re on that page, you’ll also be able to access data from 2016 and 2015.

Post: Promoting Family Math to Help Close the Achievement Gap

Earlier this week, education news site The 74 featured an opinion piece co-authored by Kimberly Brenneman, program officer for the Foundation’s Education program. The piece outlines the importance and potential upside of empowering families and communities to fulfill their critical role in the math education of our youngest learners.

Person: Nicole Feldman

Nicole Feldman is a receptionist and office assistant at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2018, Nicole was a receptionist and administrative assistant at a fitness center, as well as a swimming instructor. She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from San Jose State University.

Post: Axion Dark Matter Experiment Announces Breakthrough

Last month, the Axion Dark Matter Experiment (ADMX) announced that it has achieved the necessary sensitivity to sense dark matter axions – theoretically predicted particles that might constitute the missing matter in the universe. The breakthrough, detailed in the peer-reviewed journal Physical Review Letters, makes ADMX the only experiment ever built to attain such precision.

Climate and Clean Energy

Page: Transforming the Energy Sectors

The energy sectors—including electricity, gas, and oil used in homes, businesses, and transportation—account for more than two-thirds of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Advanced technologies, such as LED light bulbs, solar, and electric vehicles, are transforming these energy systems, offering large societal benefits and requiring policymakers to tackle a broad range of complex new issues. Policies… Continue Reading