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Photo credit: Lior Tamir - Dental Mission to Kakuma, 2018IsraAID

IsraAID

Palo Alto, CA

$50,000

IsraAID mobilizes Israeli Arab and Israeli Jewish volunteer physicians, nurses, search and rescue teams, engineers, emergency personnel, post-trauma experts, scientists, and other professionals to volunteer from two weeks to one year to provide international humanitarian relief. IsraAID’s volunteer teams work with populations around the world affected by natural disasters, extreme weather systems, epidemics, and post-conflict situations utilizing Israeli innovations in the fields of post-trauma medical and mental health recovery; high-tech engineering; mobile communication; trauma field clinics; distribution of essential supplies; and water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions. With support from the Goldman Fund, IsraAid will pilot the Humanitarian Professionals Network, which will recruit Bay Area volunteers to receive emergency-preparedness training and deploy on international humanitarian relief missions.

Little Kids Rock

Little Kids Rock

Verona, NJ

$30,000

Little Kids Rock works to ensure music education is an accessible and vibrant part of public-school education.  Through their Modern Band curriculum, Little Kids Rock gives students opportunities to learn to play and create music in the styles they know and enjoy.  This grant supports Little Kids Rock’s work to bring hands-on music education to schools throughout the San Francisco Unified School District.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Washington, DC

$25,000

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season saw 16 storms, including Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael. In response to the devastation caused by these and other storms, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy created the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund. Donations will support medium- and long-term recovery needs that will continue to surface over many years, including rebuilding homes and businesses, meeting the needs of young children, supporting mental health, and other concerns.

United Way of Northern California

United Way of Northern California

Redding, CA

$40,000

The 2018 fire season in California has been the most destructive on record.  In Northern California, several fires caused considerable damage this year.  The Mendocino Complex Fire spanned 460,000 acres across Lake and Mendocino counties, destroyed 300 structures, and killed one firefighter.  The Carr Fire in Shasta County burned 230,000 acres, destroyed over 1,600 structures, and killed eight people.  The Camp Fire in Butte County is the most destructive fire in California history.  It burned 153,000 acres, destroyed over 18,800 structures, and killed 85 people.  The Northern California fires have impacted rural, low-income, and under-resourced areas.  The Community Foundation of Mendocino County is supporting recovery and rebuilding efforts in areas devastated by the Mendocino Complex Fire.  The most pressing needs are rebuilding damaged housing, increasing affordable housing, respite care for seniors, and counseling.  The United Way of Northern California is providing emergency cash and other forms of direct assistance to people who lost their homes in the Camp Fire.  They are also supporting medium- and long-term recovery needs of victims of the Carr Fire and will be providing similar support for those impacted by the Camp Fire as needs are identified.

Earthworks

Earthworks

Washington, DC

$80,000

The growth of renewable technologies is increasing demand for copper, cobalt, iron, nickel, silver, and other metals that are used in rechargeable batteries, solar photovoltaic generators, and wind power plants.  Mining is unsustainable and one of the world’s most destructive industries.  Earthworks’ Making Clean Energy Clean campaign is working to ensure that the transition to renewable energy sources is driven by responsibly sourced metals that minimize the need for new extraction.  Earthworks is engaging renewable energy companies and mining impacted communities to advance alternatives to current mining practices, including recycling of existing metals, materials substitution in product design, and sourcing from mines certified by the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance.

Family Separation at the Border

Family Separation at the Border

$75,000

In May 2018, the federal government instituted a “zero tolerance” policy for migrants arriving at the southern border of the US. As a result, at least 2,700 children were forcibly separated from their parents and housed at detention centers. The Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund is supporting three organizations assisting detained parents and children and working to reunite families. Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) offers legal services to asylum seekers and other immigrants. In response to the current situation, they are expanding their legal network at the southern border and nationally. HIAS is also advocating for the restoration of the US refugee admissions program to ensure that asylum seekers have access to a fair, humane process. Kids in Need of Defense trains pro bono lawyers to represent unaccompanied immigrant children and separated parents and provides social services assistance, including mental health and medical referrals for children. Texas Civil Rights Project is interviewing detained parents in Texas to create a record of those being held and to help reunite parents with their children. In addition, they are litigating before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to stop family separation permanently.

ACLU Foundation of Northern California

ACLU Foundation of Northern California

San Francisco, CA

$75,000

While California has strong legal protections for reproductive rights, many women are denied access to reproductive healthcare due to the expansion of religiously-based health systems.  In the US, one in six hospital beds is in a Catholic facility that prohibits a range of healthcare services, including birth control, in-vitro fertilization, tubal ligation, vasectomy, some types of end-of-life care, and abortion.  The ACLU Foundation of Northern California is spearheading an effort to inform consumers, medical providers, and stakeholders that access to comprehensive healthcare is being eroded by the influx of religiously-based hospitals.  The ACLU Foundation of Northern California is leveraging California’s supportive legal and policy structure to ensure access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare for women throughout the state and will work to influence other states as religiously-based hospitals expand throughout the country.

Urban Adamah

Urban Adamah

Berkeley, CA

$100,000

Urban Adamah (Hebrew for earth) is an education center and urban farm that has served more than 50,000 people since its founding in 2010 through a residential internship program for young adults, educational programs, performances, lectures, school fieldtrips, and a summer camp for children.  Urban Adamah also grows and then donates food to low-income people through its weekly free farm stand. With support from the Goldman Fund, Urban Adamah purchase a 2.2-acre parcel of undeveloped land in Berkeley, CA. The site abuts a restored creek and is flanked by a forest, riparian habitat, bike paths, ball fields, and a public park.  During the first two phases of its capital campaign, Urban Adamah constructed animal pens, greenhouses, a teaching kitchen, community residence for its young adult internship program, and administrative offices.  In the third phase of the capital campaign, the organization plans to construct a two-story, 4,600 square-foot retreat lodge to accommodate 46 guests overnight, a 900 square-feet barn and craft center to serve as classroom space, and a 2,400 square-foot community hall, multipurpose building.  The new buildings comprising Phase III will enable the organization to significantly expand its program offerings.

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Spark SF Public Schools

San Francisco, CA

$50,000

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.

Northern California Fire Relief

Northern California Fire Relief

Napa Valley and Sonoma County

$50,000

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.