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Citizenship and Its Privileges

| by Victoria Rodarte in Immigrant Rights

Reflections on helping new Americans navigate the path to naturalization

Less than 10% of people who could naturalize in the U.S. actually do. Victoria Rodarte talks about her experience volunteering at citizenship fairs, and what brings her to this work.

It was a typical foggy late summer morning in San Francisco. We were in an office in the Tenderloin district, which was set up for the day to help immigrants apply for citizenship. The room was filled to capacity, w…

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After Orlando

| by Ira Hirschfield in Gay & Lesbian Rights

The next steps for LGBT equality

While marriage equality was a huge win for gay and lesbian rights, discrimination remains an enormous and deeply pervasive problem throughout the country.

As we mourn the victims of the Orlando shooting—shown above in window images on the Haas, Jr. Fund offices in San Francisco—let’s pledge to continue the work of making our country live up to its highest values and i…

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Winning Marriage Equality

| by Matt Foreman in Gay & Lesbian Rights

How funders joined together to back a movement that fought for equality, and won

It’s not every day in a social justice movement when you can actually win and say that the job is done, but in the case of marriage equality, that’s exactly what happened.

This article was originally published in the Washington Monthly on June 22, 2016. On June 26, 2015, history was made when the U.S. Supreme Court made marriage equality the law of the land. This victory for social…

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VP of Programs Sylvia Yee to Step Down

| by Ira Hirschfield

A brilliant and committed champion of equity, opportunity and social justice for 23 years

From the very beginning of her time here, Sylvia has played an indispensable role in the evolution of the Fund’s work and the growth of our ambitions and reach.

I am writing to announce that Sylvia Yee will be stepping down at the end of August as Vice President of Programs with the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. A brilliant and committed champion of equity, opportuni…

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VP of Finance Michael Blake to Step Down

| by Ira Hirschfield in Fund News

22 years of service at the Fund, and to the field of foundation finances

Michael has served as a superb and ethical steward of the Fund’s finances and a steadfast champion of its guiding values of equity and opportunity.

I am writing with the news that Michael Blake will be stepping down in December as Vice President of Finance with the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. In his 22 years at the Fund, Michael has served as…

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