The Heising-Simons Foundation is pleased to announce a new initiative of the Foundation’s Education program to help build the power of families to lead their children’s learning, and to influence systems and policy change. The Families Lead California initiative has two goals: to support community-based organizations that strengthen the pipeline of diverse parent leaders, and… Continue Reading
Michelle García 2021 Recipient Photo credit: Alan Chin “Michelle García’s work skillfully mixes human stories with policy and history to help reframe our understanding of immigration in this country, and what it means to be an immigrant. She achieves this whether she’s finding joy and dignity amidst a profound humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, or drawing parallels… Continue Reading
David Dennis, Jr. 2021 Recipient Photo credit: Krystalyn Dennis “David Dennis, Jr.’s prose and voice shine with passion and insights, from his ode to Black women creating community at Dillard’s, to his emotionally wrenching cover story about the murder of Ahmaud Arbery at the hands of white men in May 2020. Weaving the personal with the universal,… Continue Reading
As communities across California respond to the compounding effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, an economic recession, and continuing racial injustice––all of which disproportionately affect Black, Indigenous, and People of Color––it is critical to build the influence and power of families to lead their children’s learning, and influence systems and policy change. The Families Lead California… Continue Reading
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 December 2020.