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Page: Grantee Demographics

The Heising-Simons Foundation commissioned The Center for Effective Philanthropy to conduct a grantee demographic survey in October 2021. This survey was anonymous and voluntary, and received a 67% response rate from 605 grantees across the Foundation’s five program areas. The purpose of the survey was to get an understanding of the aggregate demographics of the… Continue Reading

Post: Leading with Trust in Local Grantmaking

In fall 2021, members of the Foundation’s Community and Opportunity (C&O) team took part in a Remote Learning Series offered by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) with a focus on community-driven funding. The goal of our participation in this pilot was to better support local grantee partners as they build the power of residents in San Jose, California to influence local policy and systems change.

Grant Highlight: Early Care and Education Pathways to Success

The Early Care and Education Pathways to Success (ECEPTS) is fiscally sponsored by Tides Center. The mission of ECEPTS is to advance the rigorous professional development and economic well-being of the early care and education workforce so that all children can reap the full benefits of their early learning and care experiences.

Grant Highlight: Parent Institute for Quality Education

Parent Institute for Quality Education’s (PIQE) mission is to provide families with knowledge and skills to partner with schools and communities to ensure their children achieve their full potential. In partnership with 128 school districts in California and more than 380 schools, PIQE is a trusted partner providing a variety of hands-on workshops, seminars, and ongoing supports for parents and school leaders.

Grant Highlight: The Children’s Funding Project

Children’s Funding Project (CFP) is a nonprofit social impact organization that helps communities and states expand equitable opportunities for children and youth through strategic public financing. Through its hands-on technical assistance and collection of resources, CFP helps advocates, policymakers, public agencies, and funders identify and align existing funding, generate new revenue, and implement strategies to administer funds in ways that maximize their impact.

Post: Eight Early-Career Scientists Awarded 51 Pegasi b Fellowship

The Heising-Simons Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s 51 Pegasi b Fellowship(link) recipients. The eight early-career scientists were selected based on their outstanding research achievements, innovative research plans, and potential to impact the field of planetary astronomy. 

Fellow: Michael Zhang, Ph.D.

Inspired by the mysterious environments of distant worlds since a young age, Michael Zhang strives to uncover clues about their complex inner workings. Using the W.M. Keck Observatory telescopes and the Hubble Space Telescope, he observes mini Neptunes—smaller, denser versions of Neptune that are two to four times the size of Earth. Michael spotted two… Continue Reading

Fellow: J.J. Zanazzi, Ph.D.

J.J. Zanazzi experienced his first foray into planetary science as a high school student, pairing up with an astronomer to search for exoplanets with a remote-controlled telescope. Today, J.J. proposes theories on the astrophysical processes that shape planet-forming environments. In particular, he is intrigued by distortions in protoplanetary disks—the birthplaces of planets. J.J. calculates and… Continue Reading

Fellow: Shreyas Vissapragada, Ph.D.

From his inaugural run at Palomar Observatory to leading the launch of a unique observing mode on its telescopes, Shreyas Vissapragada has forged new pathways in exoplanet research to determine the ways planets live out their lives. Shreyas applies an innovative method called ultranarrowband photometry to examine exoplanets by taking highly precise measurements of helium… Continue Reading