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.
Across the country, extraordinary social justice leaders are tackling tremendous challenges with little support. They are called upon to lead not only their own organizations, but also to play key roles in larger movements, and even across movements. At best, this can lead to missed opportunities; and at worst, it can contribute to burn out.
Since 2005, the Flexible Leadership Award program has aimed to support leaders so they can more effectively advance the goals of their organizations and the movements in which they work. Read this kit to learn more about how the program works and the results its having so far.
With new leaders who show a deep commitment to narrowing the achievement gap for students of color and those from low-income families, the school district is using support from the Haas, Jr. Fund and others to strengthen its ability to improve student outcomes across the board.
Immigrant youth make up an estimated 25 percent of the population under 18. This demographic change presents a challenge to the public school system, where English proficiency is central to a child’s success. This report shares lessons learned from a new model that addresses the needs of Engligh Language Learners as early as possible, beginning in Pre-Kindergarten. (April 2012)
Reading achievement in the United States has stagnated. More troubling, there are few examples of system-wide success stories: school districts that have improved equity and overall student achievement. Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland is one such example. Geoff Marietta documents the transformation in this district and its PreK-3rd approach in this case study, Lessons for PreK-3rd from Montgomery County Public Schools. (November 2010)
September 17th is Citizenship Day, a day when we recognize the millions of immigrants who have become U.S. citizens and who have made immeasurable contributions to our economy, our society and our communities. (September 2013)
New research reveals that children who are not proficient readers in third grade are four times less likely to graduate by age 19 than proficient readers. This report outlines these finding and more, and gives recommendations for boosting children’s academic success, especially those living in low-income households. (July 2013)
The Haas Leadership Initiative centers on the belief that the vision and skills of talented and committed leaders are the driving force behind social change. In this overview, learn about the work we do to help leaders get better results for their organizations and movements.
Matt Foreman is Director of Gay and Immigrant Rights Programs with the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. He recently discussed the status of the movement for marriage equality for same-sex couples in the wake of the Supreme Court decisions. (June 2013)
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)