Learning Along the Way

Our grantees are called upon to lead their organizations, weave networks, and strengthen social movements. These inspiring profiles celebrate their work: the challenges they face, and the important lessons they’re learning while they work to make a positive difference.

Dreaming Higher

Investing in California’s Future by Investing in Undocu­mented Students

Interview with Cal State University San Bernardino President, Tomás D. Morales, on helping undocumented students and their families navigate public higher education.

Today, 11 million undocumented people live in a state of constant uncertainty and fear that they could be ripped from their lives and the people they love at any moment. And yet these aspiring Americans continue to…

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Helping Kids Succeed in the Bayview

Testing New Approaches to Closing the Opportunity Gap for Preschool Children

The San Francisco Unified School District is working with the Haas, Jr. Fund to create high-quality learning from preschool through third grade.

I was 15 years into my career as an educator when I was hired to work at a school in the Bayview, the neighborhood where I grew up. Knowing the Bayview’s strength, beauty, and challenges, I arrived back home with a…

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Lessons from Orange County

Boosting Civic Participation

The success of a cross-issue collaborative in the county highlights lessons for philanthropy about boosting community organizing, voting, and leadership development.

There is a powerful and promising trend under way in cities and counties throughout California. People and organizations are coming together across traditional dividing lines to build power in communities that don’t…

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Eric Cohen

“Immigration Makes Us Better”

Immigrant Legal Resource Center’s Eric Cohen talks about how immigration contributes to a thriving democracy, and why it’s so important to support immigrants to become U.S. citizens.

Across the nation, 8.8 million immigrants are eligible to apply to become U.S. citizens. In this video, Eric Cohen, executive director of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), describes the importance of…

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