What We're Learning

At the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, we are eager to see progress toward the more just and caring society envisioned by our founders. At the same time, we understand that there are no easy answers when it comes to protecting and advancing the fundamental rights and opportunities of immigrants, gays and lesbians, and others whom our grantmaking is intended to help.

We therefore view our work with our grantees and other partners as an opportunity to learn. We aspire to be a funder that identifies and nurtures good ideas, that encourages experimentation and innovation, and that understands that mistakes are not to be feared but embraced for the insights and the lessons they can teach us all.

We also are committed to sharing what we’re learning in the course of our work. This means creating opportunities for our board, staff, grantees and funding partners to reflect on what’s happening in the fields we work in, and on how our work is (or is not) contributing to positive change.  Only through intentional learning can we find answers to the very difficult questions at the heart of our work – and continually retool our grantmaking to achieve better outcomes.

In these pages, you will find an array of resources that show what we’re learning. We encourage you to keep checking back as the Fund continues on its learning journey. 

We look forward to learning how we can serve our community best, now and into the future.
- Evelyn D. Haas
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Meet Gabriela, a third-year university student who came to this country from El Salvador in her early teens.