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Equal Justice Initiative’s New Memorial Featured on “60 Minutes”

On April 26, 2018, the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) will open the United States’ first memorial dedicated to the thousands of African-Americans lynched over a seven-decade period following the Civil War, and a new museum dedicated to slavery and its legacy today. EJI is supported by the Foundation’s Human Rights program. Continue Reading

2017 Grantmaking At A Glance: An Interactive Infographic

The Heising-Simons Foundation continues to grow. In 2017, the Foundation awarded more than $75 million across its programs in education, science, climate and clean energy, human rights, and local and emerging opportunities. To learn more about the Foundation’s grantmaking totals for 2017, as well as grants per program, we invite you to explore our Year At A Glance interactive infographic page. Once you’re on that page, you’ll also be able to access data from 2016 and 2015. Continue Reading

Promoting Family Math to Help Close the Achievement Gap

Earlier this week, education news site The 74 featured an opinion piece co-authored by Kimberly Brenneman, program officer for the Foundation’s Education program. The piece outlines the importance and potential upside of empowering families and communities to fulfill their critical role in the math education of our youngest learners. Continue Reading

Axion Dark Matter Experiment Announces Breakthrough

Last month, the Axion Dark Matter Experiment (ADMX) announced that it has achieved the necessary sensitivity to sense dark matter axions – theoretically predicted particles that might constitute the missing matter in the universe. The breakthrough, detailed in the peer-reviewed journal Physical Review Letters, makes ADMX the only experiment ever built to attain such precision. Continue Reading

2017 “State of Preschool” Report Released

Which states invest best in their young children, and which pre-K programs have proven most beneficial to help children close the gap with their more advantaged peers? That’s the question the National Institute for Early Education Research’s (NIEER) State of Preschool yearbook aims to answer each year. Continue Reading

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