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Changing the Odds

| by Cathy Cha

Testing New Approaches for Protecting and Advancing Basic Rights and Oppor­tunities for All.

Haas, Jr. Fund President Cathy Cha on moving past a challenging moment in U.S. history and investing in positive, long-term solutions for immigrants and communities of color.

Whether I am picking up my seven-year-old daughter or attending a performance at her elementary school, the scenario is often the same. I see her little face scanning the room to find me in the crowd. Then our eyes…

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The Role of Luck in College Access

| by Luigi Fu in Education Equity

A Good Education Should be Accessible to Everyone — Not Just the Lucky Few

Haas Leadership Initiatives staff member Luigi Fu on his immigrant upbringing and what it means to create opportunity for all people.

Getting a good education shouldn’t be about luck. It should be something we seek for every child in every community across this country. I was a lucky one. Having grown up in an immigrant family, I was able to ex…

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Breaking Through the Noise

| by Matt Foreman in Immigrant Rights

Research Effort Aims to Uncover How to Build More Support for Immigrants

Immigrant rights organizations, grassroots groups, and funders are combining in-depth conversations with quantitative research to find out what truly drives immigration opinions—and how to shift them.

Anti-immigrant rhetoric, fear-mongering, and violence have reached epidemic levels. Many people are understandably concerned that our nation has become hopelessly divided on the issue of immigration. The perception…

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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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Lifting Up Community Voices

| by Cathy Cha

Summer 2019 Letter from the President

In this letter, President Cathy Cha shares how new communities across the country are making their voices heard through organizing and coming together to work for change.

No matter where we are on the political spectrum, I think we can all agree that more participation in our democracy makes the country stronger. As we mark the 50-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising for LGB…

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A Vision for Racial Equity

| by Holly Delany Cole in Leadership

Funder Collaborative Aims to Expand Racial Equity Support for Social Change Leaders

Organizations need more resources to make racial equity a priority—The REACH Fund is trying to fill the gap.

Earlier this year, the Haas, Jr. Fund joined with 11 funding partners to launch a new collaborative fund aimed at ensuring that organizations and movements can find much-needed help with the important work of m…

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