In The News

In pursuing our vision, we believe that it is important to provide the best and most up-to-date information possible about our work , what drives it, and the grantees and partners who move it forward—as well as to make connections among people and organizations who are working toward common goals.

  • Haas, Jr. Fund Profiled on Backing Marriage Equality "Before It Was Cool"


    In this San Francisco Chronicle article, reporter Joe Garofoli profiles the Haas, Jr. Fund's early decision to back same-sex marriage, and stay with it for the long haul. "14 years ago, few would publicly support same-sex marriage — let alone put money behind it." Read the full article. (June 2015)

  • Haas Pavilion to Get $10 Million in Enhancements 


    The Haas Pavilion at U.C. Berkeley will soon undergo a major renovation. Fund Chair Walter J. Haas reflected on what the improvements will mean for athletes, coaches and Bears fans, as well as what this gift would have meant to his dad: “My father was a devoted Cal alum, and he believed in the power of sports to galvanize not only a team but the entire community. This gift embodies his legacy.” (August 2014)

  • U.S. Should Follow California’s Lead on Immigration


    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)

  • A Different Side of the Immigration Debate


    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)

  • It Takes Dedicated Funding to do Leadership Development Right 


    In this blog post for the Center for Effective Philanthropy, Linda Wood, senior director of leadership and grantmaking, describes why 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)

  • Cal's Diversity Initiative Integrates with New Technologies at Berkeley 


    Cal's Office of Equity and Inclusion partners with a new cutting-edge data management system, where myriad data on diversity at Berkeley is captured and made easily accessible to administrators, staff and students. (September 2012)

  • Foundations Invest in Census Outreach 


    With the 2010 census count around the corner, a group of private foundations are working with nonprofit partners across California to make sure everyone is counted. As the Contra Costa Times reports, the group is focusing their outreach efforts to connect with hard-to-reach communities who are often left out of the critical count. (December 2009)

  • Report Released on LGBT Rights 


    While enormous inequities for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people remain a painful reality in the U.S., the past ten years have included remarkable progress in the struggle for equal rights. The San Francisco Chronicle covers the release of a new report on the decade's gains, and the challenges that still lie ahead. (December 2009)

  • A Decade of Progress for LGBT Equality


    As the decade draws to a close, a new report shows the past 10 years have been a period of dramatic gains in equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in America.

  • "America's Best Idea" Previewed at the White House 


    Back from a recent visit to Yellowstone with his family, President Obama gets a sneak preview of "America's Best Idea" and talks about the Parks