RECENT EXAMPLES OF OUR WORK
Legal services for children
Legal Services for Children (LSC) empowers its clients to stabilize their lives and reach their potential. LSC provides comprehensive legal and social services to help young people in the Bay Area with immigration, guardianship, dependency, and school discipline related issues. LSC recently implemented a Homeless Youth Program to address the specific needs of this highly criminalized population. The Foundation provided the funds for LSC to hire a social worker to lead this new initiative.
Impact Fund is a public interest law organization. It provides strategic leadership, grants, advocacy, and education to support impact litigation on behalf of marginalized communities seeking economic, environmental, racial, and social justice. The Foundation supports Impact Fund’s grants program, which awards grants to legal services nonprofits, private attorneys, and small law firms that seek to advance justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice, and/or poverty law. Impact Fund has helped to change dozens of laws and win cases to improve the rights of thousands of people.
PEN America believes in the freedom of expression. It is a community of writers and their allies who champion open expression and the liberties that make it possible. The Foundation is a sponsor of PEN America’s Campus Free Speech project. This project included a series of convenings at college campuses to create open and effective dialogue around freedom of speech, diversity and inclusion.
La Casa de Las Madres
La Casa de Las Madres is a shelter and resource for domestic violence survivors. It provides a continuum of comprehensive and empowering services for women, teens, and children exposed to and at risk of abuse. La Casa offers clients access, tools, and support—clinical and peer-based—to strengthen their ability to affect change and break the cycle of violence. The Foundation makes unrestricted grants to support La Casa’s important work.
Equal Education & Equal Education Law Centre
Equal Education (EE) empowers young people to become activists for quality and equality in South African education. In addition to general support, the Foundation sponsored the Research Fellowship Program to assist EE in developing a new generation of women of color education researchers. EE relies on researchers to provide critical, in-depth analysis of education issues.
Equal Education Law Centre (EELC) is focused on strategic litigation to ensure every young person’s right to an equitable and safe education in South Africa. EELC’s activist lawyers work closely with its sister organization, Equal Education, to align strategies that address the systemic inequalities in South Africa’s education system. The Foundation makes unrestricted grants to EELC and has sponsored a Senior Attorney to help lead and mentor EELC’s growing team.
GroundUp is an independent news agency. It reports on the news that often goes unpublished – news in the public interest, with an emphasis on the human rights of vulnerable communities. GroundUp also trains journalists from these underrepresented communities. The Foundation makes unrestricted grants to GroundUp and supports its expansion of news coverage in South Africa.
Boston Review is a political and literary forum that provides a platform for informed debate and conversation around ideas and culture. The Foundation sponsored Boston Review’s 2017 print issues on Basic Income and Global Dystopias and 2019 print issue on Allies.