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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.

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.

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

Civic Nation

Civic Nation

Washington, DC

Grant Amount: $50,000

Grant Year: 2016

Young adults vote at a far lower rate than any other age group in the US. In the 2012 presidential election, 72% of eligible voters aged 65 or older reported casting a ballot while only 45% of eligible voters aged 18 to 29 reported the same. With this context in mind, Civic Nation launched the All In Campus Democracy Challenge in June 2016 as a national, nonpartisan initiative to increase student voter turnout and democratic engagement on college campuses. Participation is open to all accredited, degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the US. Campuses commit to a set of actions, are recognized for achieving established benchmarks, and are presented with awards for exemplary efforts. Within the first six months of its launch, over 200 campuses in 39 states representing more than three million students had enrolled.

Community Foundation of Greater Flint

Community Foundation of Greater Flint

Flint, MI

Grant Amount: $25,000

Grant Year: 2016

In Flint, Michigan, an estimated 15,000 children have been exposed to drinking water with high levels of lead.  Lead is extremely toxic and can cause serious health effects.  In children, exposure to lead can result in stunted growth, permanent brain damage, speech impairment, hearing loss, reproductive problems, and kidney damage.  The Community Foundation of Greater Flint has formed the Flint Child Health and Development Fund.  This fund will focus on the intermediate and long-term needs of children exposed to lead, including: medical care, behavioral health services, nutrition education and access to healthy food, integrated social services, and early childhood education.

Resources for Abortion Delivery

Resources for Abortion Delivery

Washington, DC

Grant Amount: $100,000

Grant Year: 2016

While abortion is an essential healthcare service, the federal government and many states have removed abortion services from their safety net programs. Moreover, more than 40 states have enacted burdensome restrictions that are not imposed on other medical professionals, which serve to undermine health facilities’ ability to provide comprehensive healthcare to their patients. The Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund’s grant will support Resources for Abortion Delivery's pilot program to provide loans and grants to buttress independent healthcare centers that offer abortion services.

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.

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.

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.

WildCare

WildCare

San Rafael, CA

Grant Amount: $50,000

Grant Year: 2015

Wildcare is a wildlife rehabilitation and environmental education center that annually provides emergency and ongoing medical care to over 3,500 animals from 200 distinct species, nature education programs for 40,000 children and families, and assistance to help residents humanely manage wild animals on their properties. The Building Our Future Capital Campaign will provide the resources for Wildcare to relocate to a new, larger campus that will offer enhanced facilities for its education and rehabilitation programs.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

New York, NY

Grant Amount: $100,000

Grant Year: 2015

Planned Parenthood Federation of America advocates for women’s health and rights at the state and national levels.  Its 66 affiliate groups operate 700 clinics across the US and provide reproductive healthcare services to three million women annually.  While Planned Parenthood has been under attack by the anti-choice movement for decades, recent attempts to discredit the organization are unprecedented in scale and scope.  The Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund’s grant will support Planned Parenthood’s Fight Back Campaign to combat the recent vociferous efforts to discredit and defund the organization, which would undermine women’s reproductive health.

San Francisco Unified School District

San Francisco Unified School District

San Francisco, CA

Grant Amount: $75,000

Grant Year: 2015

The Family Early Literacy and Digital Literacy Initiative uses a two-generation approach to support students’ early literacy development and to help bridge the educational and digital divides in low-resourced communities by integrating computer tablets in the classroom and at home.  The goals of the Initiative are to ensure that students reach reading proficiency by 3rd grade, enable parents to support their children’s learning, provide families with resources that promote whole-family success, and build teachers’ capacity to incorporate technology with traditional teaching. With support from the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund, the Family Early Literacy and Digital Literacy Initiative will be implemented for the incoming 1st grade class at Gordon J. Lau Elementary

Women’s Voices for the Earth

Women’s Voices for the Earth

Missoula, MT

Grant Amount: $25,000

Grant Year: 2015

Americans buy $14 billion worth of household cleaning products annually.  Many chemicals used in common cleaning products are toxic and have been associated with cancer, decreases in fertility, changes in the onset of puberty, miscarriage, premature birth, and other serious health effects.  The federal government does not require pre-market safety testing of chemicals or ingredient disclosure for cleaning products.  Women’s Voices for the Earth’s Safe Cleaning Products Initiative is working to shift the cleaning products industry toward the voluntary use of safer ingredients while advocating for state and federal policies that require every manufacturer of cleaning products to disclose the ingredients they use and ensure that they are safe.