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Grant Highlight: Immigrant Legal Resource Center

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

Post: ‘Spaces For Good’ Connects Bay Area Nonprofits to Available Work Spaces

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.

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.

Grant Highlight: Teachers College, Columbia University

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

Post: Making Headlines: Grantees in the News

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.

Job: Human Rights Program Director

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

Post: Strengthening Math Skills of Children from Low-Income Backgrounds

High-quality math instruction aligned across pre-K and kindergarten can provide a significant boost to children from low-income families, and close the achievement gap with their higher-income peers, according to a new study published by education and social policy research organization MDRC.

Page: Year At A Glance

2017 Click on aspects of the infographic below to learn more about our grantmaking in 2017. 2016 Click on aspects of the infographic below to learn more about our grantmaking in 2016. 2015 Click on aspects of the infographic below to learn more about our grantmaking in 2015. 201720162015

Person: Erin Mershon

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.