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Grant Highlight: Latinos United for a New America (LUNA)

Founded in 2013 by a group of Latino activists and grassroots organizers, Latinos United for a New America’s (LUNA) goal is to unify communities in the city of San Jose, California, to achieve real, long-lasting changes in the areas of jobs, education, transportation, law enforcement, housing, and health. LUNA’s mission is to help Latino immigrants… Continue Reading

Grant Highlight: Futuro Media

Futuro Media creates multimedia content for and about the new American mainstream in the service of empowering people to navigate the complexities of an increasingly diverse and connected world. Based in Harlem and founded in 2010 by award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, Futuro Media is committed to telling stories often overlooked by mainstream media. Its biggest… Continue Reading

Grant Highlight: Brennan Center for Justice

The Brennan Center for Justice is a nonpartisan law and policy institute working to build an America that is democratic, just, and free for all. Inspired by Justice William J. Brennan Jr’s devotion to core democratic freedoms, the Brennan Center for Justice focuses on strengthening democracy, criminal justice, securing the balance of power, and protecting… Continue Reading

Person: Afreyea Tolbert

Afreyea Tolbert is a program associate for the Education program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2021, Afreyea worked with a philanthropy advisory group that supports individuals, foundations, and corporations in developing programming for effective race equity and social impact solutions. In this role, Afreyea assisted the organization with grants management,… Continue Reading

Person: Erin Talbert-Brust

Erin Talbert-Brust is a communications officer at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Before joining the Foundation in 2021, Erin served as the senior communications officer at the East Bay Community Foundation, where Erin developed marketing and communication strategies. Erin’s experience in philanthropy has included a focus on media relations, communications, marketing, sponsorships, and event management, having worked… Continue Reading

Post: Grantees in the News, May 2021

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 in March 2021.

Person: Adam Cimino

Adam Cimino is a grants officer at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2021, he served as the manager of philanthropy & foundation operations at Visa and the Visa Foundation. He was also a grants manager at the James Irvine Foundation, and compliance coordinator at the Sierra Club. He holds a bachelor’s… Continue Reading

Person: Elizabeth Post Musgrove

Elizabeth Post Musgrove is a program coordinator for the Education program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2021, Elizabeth worked at San Francisco State University for 14 years, serving as the assistant to the associate dean of Student and Curricular Services in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts, operations coordinator… Continue Reading

Post: Heising-Simons Foundation Joins Community Violence Intervention Collaborative

The Heising-Simons Foundation is pleased to join several other philanthropic funders to support the newly formed Community Violence Intervention Collaborative (CVIC). CVIC, formed by the Biden-Harris administration, will strengthen and grow community-led interventions in 15 jurisdictions to reduce violence and increase public safety for children, families, and communities in the United States. Violence is an epidemic… Continue Reading