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Page: Community and Opportunity

The Foundation’s Community and Opportunity program focuses on four areas: resilient local community, organizational effectiveness for Foundation grantees, journalism, and the CEO Fund. Grants made under this program are offered by invitation only. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. WHAT'S NEW Elevating Underrepresented Stories through Audio JournalismSeptember 1, 2021Strengthening Civic Participation and Racial Justice… Continue Reading

Page: Human Rights

The Foundation’s Human Rights program envisions a society where people are free to live whole, safe, and dignified lives. At present, we are far from this vision in the United States because structural racism pervades our society and manifests through systems of punishment — mass incarceration and immigrant detention. The result is the criminalization of… Continue Reading

Climate and Clean Energy

Page: Climate and Clean Energy

The goal of the Foundation’s Climate and Clean Energy program is to protect people and the planet from the worst impacts of climate change by cutting pollution and accelerating the transition to a clean energy future. We aim to help make energy clean, affordable, safe, and reliable for all. The program’s grantmaking supports organizations that… Continue Reading

Page: Science

The goal of the Foundation’s Science program is to support fundamental research primarily in the physical sciences. We believe that basic research, when done strategically, has the potential to innovate, elevate, and revolutionize humanity’s knowledge and understanding of the universe. Across its funding, the program employs three major approaches: enabling basic scientific research, connecting key… Continue Reading

Page: Financials and Policies

Amount Awarded by Program in 2020 Education: 34.7% ($44,368,538)Science: 20.7% ($26,490,969)Climate and Clean Energy: 18.9% ($24,265,654)Human Rights: 15.9% ($20,400,000)Community and Opportunity: 9.5% ($12,230,000) Due to rounding, percentages may not always add up to 100%. 2019 2019 Audited Financial Statements Access the Foundation’s 2019 audited financial statements. Download 2019 Form 990-PF Access the Foundation’s 2019 Form 990-PF form, which… Continue Reading

Page: Programs

The Heising-Simons Foundation focuses its grantmaking in five program areas: Climate and Clean EnergyCommunity and OpportunityEducationHuman RightsScience

Page: Grants

The Foundation seeks to support organizations and institutions at the forefront of their fields. Search Grants by Program Area: Search All GrantsClimate and Clean EnergyCommunity and OpportunityEducationHuman RightsScienceFor Invited GrantseekersThe Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals. If your organization has been invited to apply for support, please find frequently asked questions and proposal guidelines here.For… Continue Reading