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Katherine Miller

Helping repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”: A cadet's story

At West Point, Katie Miller faced many challenges — including how to reconcile service to one’s country with being gay under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Katherine “Katie” Miller grew up in Findlay, Ohio, a town with a population of about 40,000 that is located roughly 40 miles south of Toledo in the northwestern part of the state. She attended the local public high…

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Ernesto Pepito

Helping make Crissy Field a place for everybody

Growing up in the city, Ernesto had the opportunity to connect to nature and the Parks. He now works to ensure that diverse future generations will also become stewards.

Ernesto Pepito was raised by his mother, Patricia, in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District, along with an older sister, an older brother and a younger brother. Today, he oversees youth leadership programs f…

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Kate Kendell on steps on City Hall with other LGBT rights leaders

Transparency is More than Disclosure

| by Linda Wood in Leadership

Sometimes the best first step is admitting when we don’t know

In this guest blog, Linda Wood reflects on lessons from the FLA program, including what happens when grantees and funders can be vulnerable and take risks.

Note from Beth Kanter: One of the themes I’ve been exploring over the last few years related to networks is transparency. Transparency is more than disclosure. It includes participation in acquiring, distributing, a…

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Time to Celebrate the Season

| by Ira Hirschfield in Community

Winter 2011 Letter from the President

Fund president Ira Hirschfield reflects on the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund’s role as a Bay Area institution, now in its 25th year.

Every year, 5,000 individuals and families in the San Francisco Bay Area get help from the Chronicle Season of Sharing Fund so they can weather unexpected crises. Over the last quarter century, the fundraising campa…

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NCLR's Shannon Minter at the podium

Six Questions About the Flexible Leadership Awards Program

| by Paula Morris in Leadership

Paula Morris describes how the FLA works, and the impact it can have

Read about what the FLA is, and how it helped NCLR manage the twin challenges of organizational growth and movement leadership.

Paula Morris is the former program director of the Haas, Jr. Fund's Flexible Leadership Awards program. She worked as a Plan Consultant with the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and a number of the Fund's o…

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Daring to DREAM

| by Ira Hirschfield in Immigrant Rights

Fall 2011 Letter from the President

Tens of thousands of undocumented students across California know the U.S. as home. Learn about the huge gains Dreamers have made, and the daily struggles many still face.

When Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 131 on October 8, 2011 he cleared the way for undocumented students who graduate from California high schools (and who demonstrate both merit and financial need) to app…

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