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Dave Eggers, Voice of Witness

Q & A with Dave Eggers

Pulitzer Prize-nominated author helped guide the Fund's first-person stories series

Voice of Witness uses oral history to empower those most closely affected by contemporary social injustice. Founder Dave Eggers spoke with us about the power of stories for change.

Voice of Witness is a nonprofit that empowers those most closely affected by contemporary social injustice. Using oral history as a foundation, they record narratives that depict human rights crises around the world…

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Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa

From field worker to brain surgeon

Alfredo Quiñones came to the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant when he was 19 years old. Today, “Dr. Q” is a neurosurgeon, performing more than 250 brain surgeries a year.

Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa is a neurosurgeon and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. Known as “Dr. Q.” by his students and friends, Alfredo performs more tha…

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The End of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

| by Ira Hirschfield in Gay & Lesbian Rights

A letter from Ira Hirschfield on a victory for equality and acceptance

Ending gay and lesbian discrimination in our military was a step forward for all Americans on the path to building a more equal society.

The U.S. Senate’s December 18, 2010 vote to repeal the policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was a victory for thousands of gay and lesbian Americans who want to serve their country openly. But more than that, it…

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Philanthropy leaders convene in Southern California

More Truth-Telling and Candor

| by Linda Wood in Leadership

Can we make more room for honesty in philanthropy?

In this guest blog for the Center for Effective Philanthropy, Linda Wood connects the Fund’s leadership work to the larger conversation about transparency in philanthropy.

“Talk about sharing sensitive material! Wow.” This was just one of a number of similar comments the Haas, Jr. Fund received from nonprofit and foundation colleagues reacting to the level of truth-telling and candor…

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The Seeds for Transformation

| by Ira Hirschfield in Education Equity

Spring 2010 Letter from the President

The U.C. Berkeley Initiative for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion strives to expand people’s understanding of what it means to be inclusive.

Students and faculty at U.C. Berkeley have a history of being at the forefront of important social justice movements. Today, this tradition of activism and open debate continues as California’s budget crisis has tur…

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The Power of Positive Coaching

| by Sylvia Yee in Leadership

Connecting the dots between great coaching and nonprofits that thrive

Vice president of programs Sylvia Yee weaves together two different strands of coaching and how it can help forward social change in this Letter from the VP.

Haas, Jr. Fund grantee Coaching Corps started its signature program in 2005 to bring high-quality sports opportunities and good coaching to young people in disadvantaged communities throughout the Bay Area.  As…

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