The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) was founded in 1979 with the mission to work with and educate immigrants, community organizations, and the legal sector to continue to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people. ILRC works with community organizations, legal professionals, law enforcement, and in the policy arena… Continue Reading
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) physics department is one of the leading departments for physics research and education, and is among the highest producers of undergraduate and doctoral physics degrees in the United States. This grant supports MIT’s Rising Stars in Physics program, a series of annual two-day academic career workshops for young women… Continue Reading
It’s no secret that the San Francisco Bay Area has one of the highest real estate costs in the United States. A 2016 report from Northern California Grantmakers revealed that office prices in the Bay Area had increased 122 percent over the past five years, and that most of the nonprofits surveyed were seriously concerned about the ways in which the real estate market may affect their long-term sustainability.
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.
Teachers College, Columbia University is the first and largest graduate school of education in the United States. The College is committed to a vision of education that encompasses four core areas of expertise: health, education, leadership, and psychology. This grant aims to build a new cadre of leaders on early childhood education (ECE) policy through… Continue Reading
The Heising-Simons Foundation is proud to regularly see many of 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.
The Human Rights program is rooted in a belief in the inherent dignity of all people. In the United States and around the world, too many people are denied full and equal rights and participation in the political, social, and economic institutions that shape their lives. In its grantmaking, the Foundation works toward achieving a more just world… Continue Reading
Erin Mershon is a grants associate at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2018, she worked as program associate at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in various program areas, including population and reproductive health. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business marketing from Santa Clara University.