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Grant Highlight: Los Altos Community Foundation

The Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF) works to strengthen the community by stimulating local philanthropy and civic engagement in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Mountain View. This grant supports LACF’s Community Grants Program, which strengthens local arts and culture, community building, the environment, health, seniors, and youth and education organizations. This grant also provides… Continue Reading

Grant Highlight: Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology

The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI) works to ensure that the creators of technology mirror the people and societies who use it. ABI connects, inspires, and guides women in computing and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative. This grant provides general support to the Palo Alto-based organization, helping women… Continue Reading

Grant Highlight: Natural Resources Defense Council (2016)

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) works to safeguard the earth— its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. This grant supports clean energy policies and programs in over half the United States, and promotes the adoption of mandatory and voluntary efficiency standards at both federal and state… Continue Reading

Grant Highlight: National Governors Association

The National Governors Association (NGA) is the bipartisan organization of the nation’s governors, which shares best practices and develops innovative solutions to improve state policy. This grant supports a state learning network on new utility business models to support policy officials with knowledge and materials that will enable them to transform the power sector. As… Continue Reading

Grant Highlight: Great Plains Institute

The Great Plains Institute (GPI) is a non-partisan organization committed to making the way we produce, distribute, and consume energy both environmentally and economically sustainable. GPI accomplishes this mission via research and analysis, consensus policy development, technology acceleration, and local action. This grant supports efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the Midcontinent Independent System… Continue Reading

Grant Highlight: Advanced Energy Economy Institute (2016)

The Advanced Energy Economy Institute (AEEI) is a nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to raise awareness of the public benefits and opportunities of advanced energy— energy from clean, secure, and affordable sources. This grant aims to accelerate market adoption of advanced energy technologies to create a more secure, resilient, clean, and cost-effective power sector,… Continue Reading

Post: Inside Philanthropy Highlights the Heising-Simons Foundation

Recently, philanthropy news outlet Inside Philanthropy featured three stories about the Heising-Simons Foundation, including a profile of the Foundation, as well as two stories about the Foundation’s Science program. To read the articles, please click on the links below: Inside the Heising-Simons Foundation: A Brainy Startup Finds its Way in 3 Major Arenas How a Young… Continue Reading

Post: Joining the Giving Pledge

In 2016, Mark Heising and Liz Simons, founders of the Heising-Simons Foundation, announced their participation in the Giving Pledge. The Giving Pledge is a multi-generational, global initiative created by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates that encourages the wealthiest families to give the majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes. The following is the letter… Continue Reading