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Institute For Local Self Reliance

Institute For Local Self Reliance

Washington, DC

Grant Amount: $35,000

Grant Year: 2018

Food and yard waste are the largest component of everyday trash in the US. Much of this waste ends up in landfills and produces 25% of all methane — a greenhouse gas up to 36 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Composting is recognized as the most effective method to recycle yard and food waste. Current laws and policies present barriers for small-scale, local composting operations resulting in a lack of community-scale composting capacity across the country. The Institute for Local Self Reliance is developing resources to address the policy and business needs of community composting organizations to create a diverse composting sector that diverts food and yard waste from landfills, reduces methane emissions, creates healthy soil, sequesters carbon, and provides educational opportunities and jobs.

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Spark SF Public Schools

San Francisco, CA

Grant Amount: $50,000

Grant Year: 2018

To help narrow the gap in English and Language Arts achievement for elementary school students, San Francisco Unified School District created the Bayview Summer Literacy Enrichment program in partnership with Springboard Collaborative. Offered weekdays during the summer in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco, the Literacy Enrichment program supports struggling readers in Pre-K through 3rd grade through daily guided reading instruction, academic and enrichment-based out-of-school time activities, and weekly workshops to help parents support literacy development at home. The program is designed to help students achieve grade-level competency in English and Language Arts and slow summer learning loss.

Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

San Francisco, CA

Grant Amount: $50,000

Grant Year: 2018

Following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students from the school organized the March for Our Lives, a rally in Washington, DC on March 24, 2018. The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence established the Parkland Students and Families Travel Fund to provide funds for 320 Parkland students, family members, and teachers from Stoneman Douglas High School to participate in the march. The Travel Fund paid for airfare, lodging, bus transportation, and other costs.

Northern California Fire Relief

Northern California Fire Relief

Napa Valley and Sonoma County

Grant Amount: $50,000

Grant Year: 2018

The 245,000-acre Northern California wildfires that began in October 2017 killed 42 people, destroyed over 8,400 structures, and displaced thousands of residents. Recognizing that there will be significant long-term needs for those impacted by the wildfires, the Community Foundation Sonoma County and Napa Valley Community Foundation have established programs to support mid- to long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts in their communities. The Sonoma County Resilience Fund is providing support to nonprofits’ critical services — shelter and long-term housing, financial and rental assistance, legal services, education, and healthcare — with a special focus on helping the hardest hit communities. The Napa Valley Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund is working with community service organizations to help with housing, food, medical and mental health services, child care, and transportation for Napa Valley residents impacted by the fires.

Alliance for Youth Organizing

Alliance for Youth Organizing

Washington, DC

Grant Amount: $50,000

Grant Year: 2017

In the 2016 general election, only 46% of Americans under 30 years of age voted. To increase turnout of this demographic, the Alliance for Youth Organizing is working to modernize the US voting system and motivate young people to participate in democracy. They promote state and local policy changes that make voting easier and more appealing to young people and organize integrated voter engagement programs for young adults that operate continuously, not just during election years.

Fair Trade Judaica

Fair Trade Judaica

El Cerrito, CA

Grant Amount: $25,000

Grant Year: 2017

Fair Trade Judaica (FTJ) works to ensure that Jewish ritual objects and holiday foods are produced in adherence with fair trade standards of assuring fair and living wages, prohibiting child labor, creating healthy and safe working conditions, and protecting the environment from degradation. FTJ educates the Jewish community about the lack of fair trade standards in Judaica products; advocates for change; and works to expand the production, distribution, and sale of fair trade Jewish ritual objects and holiday foods. FTJ’s website features an online store where visitors can purchase certified fair trade Judaica products. The Goldman Fund’s grant supports FTJ’s capacity-building plan to expand their educational programs, outreach, and impact.

Lady Parts Justice League

Lady Parts Justice League

Brooklyn, NY

Grant Amount: $50,000

Grant Year: 2017

Healthcare workers who provide abortion services can feel isolated in their fight to maintain access to abortion. Moreover, those who support reproductive rights are often unaware that onerous restrictions are chipping away abortion access state by state. Founded in 2015 by Lizz Winstead, co-creator and former head writer of The Daily Show, Lady Parts Justice League uses pop culture, online media, and humor to expose the anti-choice movement, destigmatize abortion, engage new advocates for reproductive health, and galvanize volunteers to provide support to abortion clinics and boost staff morale.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Washington, DC

Grant Amount: $150,000

Grant Year: 2017

The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season has been one of the most active seasons on record, with Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria devastating areas of Puerto Rico, the US and British Virgin Islands, and Cuba. In response to the needs that will arise following these and other storms that may hit throughout the Atlantic hurricane season, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund will focus on medium and long-term recovery support, including rebuilding homes, businesses, and infrastructure; meeting the needs of young children; and providing mental health support.

Glide Foundation

Glide Foundation

San Francisco, CA

Grant Amount: $50,000

Grant Year: 2017

Numerous studies confirm that Jewish young adults believe that social justice is critical to their identity. A recent study also shows that 84% of American Jews believe that pursuing social justice in interfaith settings is essential to being Jewish. However, there are few options in the Bay Area for Jewish young people to engage in social justice with other faiths. Launched in 2016 by the Glide Foundation, the Center for Social Justice works to involve the San Francisco community in civic engagement. Rabbi Michael Lezak was hired in July 2017 with the aim of developing the Center’s offerings, engaging the Jewish community in those efforts, and creating stronger relationships between Glide and the Jewish community.

Paper Consumption Initiative

Paper Consumption Initiative

Grant Amount: $161,000

Grant Year: 2017

Grants totaling $161,000, to Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Environmental Paper Network, Green America, Product Stewardship Institute, and Story of Stuff Project.

Paper production contributes to habitat destruction and biodiversity loss, generates air and water pollution, and contributes to climate destabilization from loss of carbon storage due to deforestation and energy used throughout the paper lifecycle. Despite the rise in digital media, paper consumption worldwide has increased and Americans consume more paper per capita than any other country. By using paper more efficiently, individuals and institutions can reduce pressure on forests, cut energy use and climate change emission, limit water and air pollution, and produce less waste. The Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund is supporting five organizations working to reduce paper consumption. Four are influencing various sectors of the paper market — catalogs and junk mail, office paper at universities, paper receipts, phone books — and one is serving in a coordinating capacity. Through this initiative, the Goldman Fund is spearheading a comprehensive and coordinated effort to reduce paper consumption in the US.

Institute for Curriculum Services

Institute for Curriculum Services

San Francisco, CA

Grant Amount: $50,000

Grant Year: 2017

Thousands of public school teachers throughout the United States teach about Jews, Judaism, and the Arab-Israeli conflict as part of social studies, history, and world religions classes utilizing state approved print and digital textbooks. In California, 4.2 million public school students learn about Jewish topics each year in a range of academic subjects. California last reviewed and adopted its middle school social studies, history, and world religions textbooks in 2005 and is conducting a new review and adoption process this year for textbooks that will be used in public school classrooms for at least a decade. The Institute for Curriculum Services will work to address and mitigate misinformation, errors, and bias related to Jews, Judaism, and Israel in California school textbooks.

National Network of Abortion Funds

National Network of Abortion Funds

Boston, MA

Grant Amount: $15,000

Grant Year: 2017

National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) works to increase access to abortion for low-income women. NNAF includes over 70 grassroots abortion funding groups in 38 states and three countries comprised of local volunteers who raise and distribute funds to provide financial assistance to women in their communities who cannot afford the cost of an abortion and/or related travel, lodging, and child care. The organization launched a National Coordinated Data Systems Project to build the capacity of the abortion funding groups to respond more efficiently and effectively to requests for financial assistance from women in need.

Berkeley Hillel

Berkeley Hillel

Berkeley, CA

Grant Amount: $500,000

Grant Year: 2017

Berkeley Hillel provides opportunities and programs for students to engage in Jewish life at UC Berkeley.  When Berkeley Hillel’s 16,000 square foot building was last renovated nearly 30 years ago, the program served 45 students each month.  Today, more than 300 students attend programs at Berkeley Hillel each week.  The increase in attendance has stretched the limits of Berkeley Hillel’s building and restricts its programmatic capabilities.  Berkeley Hillel’s $9 million comprehensive campaign will provide $8.1 million to redesign the facility into a more flexible floor plan that can be used for different program needs and $900,000 for a building endowment.

Urban Habitat Program

Urban Habitat Program

Oakland, CA

Grant Amount: $35,000

Grant Year: 2017

Bay Area transit agencies have started utilizing on-demand transportation network companies (TNCs) to augment and replace public transportation services. However, TNCs are not accessible to many seniors, people with disabilities, and those without access to technology. Moreover, there is little data to draw conclusions on the impact of TNCs on greenhouse gas emissions. To be successful, these programs should be designed and implemented with input from transit riders and community advocates. Urban Habitat is developing public, community, and private sector partnerships to advance a new series of on-demand transportation solutions that meet community needs without disrupting public transit.

Center For Biological Diversity

Center For Biological Diversity

Tucson, AZ

Grant Amount: $50,000

Grant Year: 2016

Greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft are a major contributor to climate change. As is the case with cars and trucks, technology is available to reduce pollution from aircraft; however, airlines have not been forced to institute these pollution controls because the US EPA has not yet completed the regulatory process to address the problem. The Center for Biological Diversity has been working since 2007 to require the US EPA to regulate aircraft greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. The grant from the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund supports the Center for Biological Diversity’s legal strategy to push for the strongest possible regulations to limit greenhouse gas pollution from aircraft.

Planned Parenthood Northern California

Planned Parenthood Northern California

Concord, CA

Grant Amount: $75,000

Grant Year: 2016

Planned Parenthood Northern California’s San Francisco Health Center offers essential reproductive healthcare services to women, including abortion care. The Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund’s grant is to provide additional financial support for the SF Clinic

Women’s Health Specialists of California

Women’s Health Specialists of California

Sacramento, CA

Grant Amount: $65,000

Grant Year: 2016

Established in 1975, Women’s Health Specialists of California offers a full range of reproductive health services at its four health clinics in Northeastern California. The Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund’s grant will provide capacity-building support to enable Women’s Health Specialists to upgrade its clinic in Redding, California to improve the medical care they offer to their patients.

Healthy Building Network

Healthy Building Network

Washington, DC

Grant Amount: $50,000

Grant Year: 2016

There are 80,000 chemicals on the market in the US and over 1,000 new chemicals are introduced each year.  During manufacturing and use, these chemicals are released into the environment and have been associated with cancer, decreases in fertility, learning disabilities, and other serious health effects.  Yet, chemical safety information is difficult to find, expensive, highly technical, and challenging to understand.  Healthy Building Network is developing a repository for chemical data through the Chemical Hazard Data Commons Open Innovation Platform for use by organizations and institutions that are seeking information to reduce chemical hazards in products.  This tool will use crowdsourcing techniques to capture and share the most up-to-date data on chemicals.