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Grant Highlight: New America Foundation

The New America Foundation (New America) seeks to nurture a new generation of public intellectuals, including scholars, policy experts, and journalists, to address major social, economic, and political challenges. In 2014, the Foundation, in partnership with the McKnight Foundation, established The Dual Language Learners National Work Group within New America’s Early Education Initiative to respond… Continue Reading

Grant Highlight: James Bell Associates / The Urban Institute

James Bell Associates (JBA) is an evaluation and research services firm specializing in program evaluations, technical assistance, and support for the design and implementation of innovative social service and public health programs. For the purposes of this project, James Bell Associates has subcontracted with The Urban Institute, a nonprofit policy research organization. This grant provides… Continue Reading

Grant Highlight: Alliance for Early Success

The Alliance for Early Success (the Alliance) is a catalyst for bringing state, national, and funding partners together to improve state policies for children, starting at birth and continuing through age 8. It provides technical assistance and financial support to state advocates in 30 states, and reaches all 50 states through research dissemination and sharing… Continue Reading

Grant Highlight: San Francisco Symphony

The San Francisco Symphony (Symphony) aims to set the highest possible standard for excellence in musical performance at home and around the world, enriching, serving, and shaping cultural life throughout the spectrum of Bay Area communities. This grant provides general support for the Symphony. Through its artistic, education, and community programs, the Symphony serves 600,000… Continue Reading

Grant Highlight: Peninsula Open Space Trust

The Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) protects and cares for open space, farms, and parkland in and around Silicon Valley. Since it was founded in 1977, POST has saved more than 75,000 acres as permanent open space and parkland in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties. This grant provides general support for POST.… Continue Reading

Grant Highlight: Peer Health Exchange

Peer Health Exchange’s (PHE) mission is to give teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions. PHE recruits, selects, and trains college students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education, across the country. This grant supports PHE’s Bay Area program, which will train 215 college… Continue Reading

Person: Jenny Calixto Quigley

Jenny Calixto Quigley joined the Heising-Simons Foundation in 2013 as its senior associate for programs and grants management. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Davis, and a master’s in poetry from University of Oregon, and has experience working in both the private and nonprofit sectors.

Person: Kimberly Brenneman

Kimberly Brenneman is a program officer for early mathematics at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2015, Kimberly was research faculty at Rutgers University’s National Institute for Early Education Research, where she led projects focused on curricular and instructional practices to foster science, technology, engineering, and mathematics learning for young children in… Continue Reading