The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund is working across a range of important issues and causes to advance and protect fundamental rights and opportunities for all people. In areas from immigrant rights and gay and lesbian equality to education and nonprofit leadership, we’re always learning new things – about innovative approaches and ideas, model initiatives, and more.
In this section of the website, we share some of the resources that reflect what we’re learning and that shed new light on the work we’re doing in partnership with our grantees and others. The resources include materials we have produced ourselves, including slideshows and features about our grantees and the issues we're working on, plus links to important reports, articles and other items. Please keep checking back as we continue to add new resources to these pages.
Philanthropy leaders, including the Fund's president, Ira Hirschfield, speak out in support of immigration reform. As they state in their joint op-ed, "Getting reform right means keeping our core values front and center, and Californians are showing the way forward." (April 2013)
In this article, Eric Cohen discusses a crucial element of the immigration story that is too often ignored – the barriers preventing millions of eligible immigrants from becoming American citizens. (April 2013)
In this Chronicle of Philanthropy article, Linda Wood, senior director at the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, suggests how foundations could do more to help their grantees break out of chronic fundraising struggles. (April 2013)
U.C. Berkeley recognized longtime Fund grantee Aaron Belkin for his role in the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" by awarding him the Mark Bingham Award for Excellence in Achievement by a Young Alumnus/a. Belkin, who is founding director of the Palm Center, helped bring an end to the DADT policy, which barred gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. (March 2013)
A new study reveals that many nonprofit organizations lack the conditions for fundraising success. Read more about the sector-wide challenges in the report, UnderDeveloped, and join the national conversation. (January 2013)
The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund joins the University of California, Berkeley, to announce a gift of $1 million for scholarships for undocumented students at the university. (December, 2012)
"Seeing with the Mind’s Eye," an exhibition of Jasper Johns’s artwork at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, is the latest in a long line of major exhibitions supported by the Evelyn D. Haas Exhibition Fund. This is the first Bay Area survey in 35 years for the American artist. (November, 2012)
A new collaboration launches an unprecedented, national campaign to help legal residents become U.S. Citizens: the "New Americans Campaign" is modernizing and streamlining access to naturalization services, so that greater numbers of legally qualified permanent residents take the critical step to becoming American citizens. (November 2012)
Five funders, including The James Irvine Foundation, The California Endowment, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund are teaming up in a bold effort to tackle the underlying causes of California’s political dysfunction. (October 2012)
Senior Director of Leadership and Grantmaking, Linda Wood, recently wrote a guest blog post for the Center for Effective Philanthropy on the critical importance of providing dedicated funding for nonprofit leadership development. In the post she describes describes how the Haas, Jr. Fund remains committed to providing unrestricted general operating support to grantees. At the same time, she notes that this type of support is not enough if foundations want their grantees to focus on strengthening board and staff leadership. (October 2012)