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Grant Highlight: High Contrast Coronagraph Module for the Keck Planet Imager and Characterizer System (KPIC)

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world’s brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions and pressing societal challenges. This grant supports the research team working at Caltech—in partnership with scientists at the W.M. Keck Observatory—to design and develop a… Continue Reading

Grant Highlight: Voice of the Experienced

Based in Louisiana, Voice of the Experienced (VOTE) is a grassroots organization made up of a growing network of formerly incarcerated people and their allies to promote the human and civil rights of those most impacted by the justice system. This general support grant enables VOTE to educate the public and policymakers in Louisiana about… Continue Reading

Grant Highlight: The Safe Return Project

Social Good Fund sponsors and develops projects that will positively impact and develop local communities. It is the fiscal sponsor for The Safe Return Project. The Safe Return Project (Safe Return) in Contra Costa County was founded and is led by formerly incarcerated individuals and their allies. Safe Return develops the capacity of formerly incarcerated… Continue Reading

Grant Highlight: Silicon Valley De-Bug

Silicon Valley De-Bug (De-Bug) is a community organizing, advocacy, and multimedia storytelling organization based in San Jose, California, that serves as a platform for diverse communities to impact the political, cultural, and social landscape on a variety of human rights issues, including immigrant rights, economic justice, and criminal justice reform. This grant provides general funds… Continue Reading

Grant Highlight: National Center for Youth Law

The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) is a nonprofit law firm that has been fighting to protect the rights of marginalized youth for more than 40 years. Headquartered in Oakland, California, NCYL leads high impact campaigns that weave together litigation, research, public awareness, policy development, and technical assistance. This grant supports NCYL’s work to protect… Continue Reading

Grant Highlight: JusticeLA Campaign

Based in Los Angeles, Dignity and Power Now (DPN) is a grassroots organization that advances the dignity and agency of all incarcerated people, and their families and communities. DPN houses the JusticeLA Coalition and Campaign (JusticeLA), formed in response to Los Angeles County’s $3.5 billion plan to build two new jails. This grant supports JusticeLA’s… Continue Reading

Grant Highlight: Detention Watch Network

The Tides Center supports new and emerging charitable initiatives whose missions promote a more just, healthy, and sustainable world. Detention Watch Network is a project of Tides. 

Person: Savannah Whaley

Savannah Whaley is a program associate for the Climate and Clean Energy program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2019, Savannah completed a fellowship as the climate adaptation associate at Alameda County, Office of Sustainability. She also held internships at Sierra Club Massachusetts and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. Savannah received her bachelor’s degree in… Continue Reading

Post: Making Headlines: Grantees in the News, August 2019

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 August 2019.