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Post: 2019 State of Preschool Yearbook: Action Needed to Prevent Long-term Damage to Pre-K Amid COVID-19 Crisis

The National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) has released the 2019 State of Preschool Yearbook, a survey on state-funded preschool programs that tracks student enrollment, resource allocation (including staffing and funding levels), and policies that support quality learning. In the midst of the COVID-19 health and economic crisis, the Yearbook also provides information on where children are served, operating schedules, and other program features relevant to planning for the 2020-2021 school year and beyond.

Post: Jennifer Shipp Joins the Foundation as General Counsel

We are delighted to announce that Jennifer Shipp has joined the Heising-Simons Foundation as general counsel. Jennifer will oversee the Foundation’s legal affairs and provide expertise and guidance for its strategy development, grant making, contracting, governance, and other areas.

Post: COVID-19 Response: Letter from the President, April 2020

I am thinking of you, your families, your colleagues, and the communities you serve and call home. You and we know that there is more that needs to be done to respond to the COVID-19 crisis than any one of us can do alone. This pandemic has shown all of us the fragility of life and of so many aspects of our society. But I am heartened because, even in the midst of fear, sadness, and want, you, our grantee partners, are making a difference.

Post: Hope on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Mark Heising, vice president of the Board of the Heising-Simons Foundation, is optimistic about tackling climate change. In a blog post authored for the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS), he describes why: “We have the technologies needed to cut pollution and continue powering modern society — like electric cars, solar panels, batteries, and LED lighting — we just need to deploy them faster. And in many cases, the clean technology is now the cheapest option available. That means it is incumbent industries, outdated policies, and obsolete infrastructure standing in our way, not economics or technology. These are surmountable challenges.”

Post: COVID-19 Response: $700,000 Grant to the Center for American Progress

As the COVID-19 pandemic deepens the health and financial crisis, the Foundation has made a $700,000 grant to the Center for American Progress (CAP) — an independent nonpartisan policy institute dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans — to continue its ongoing work so that any federal economic stimulus and recovery efforts support the most vulnerable communities, and advance clean energy. 

Person: Jennifer Shipp

Jennifer Shipp is the general counsel at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2020, Jennifer was senior counsel at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, where she provided legal support for the foundation’s Global Development and Population program, and managed legal issues for the grants management and information technology teams. Previously, Jennifer… Continue Reading

Post: Making Headlines: Grantees in the News, March 2020

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 2020.