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Grants Awarded
June 1, 2006, through May 31, 2007

 

ARTS AND CULTURE SUSTAINABLE
COMMUNITIES AND ECONOMIES
HUMAN RIGHTS FOUNDATION INITIATED
 
 
Total Grants Awarded:
$5,090,200
Total Grants Paid:
$3,902,700

 

Arts and Culture

Grants awarded June 1, 2006, through May 31, 2007

 

$25,000 to the ALMEIDA THEATRE COMPANY, London, U.K., for The Silent Twins, a new opera by contemporary classical composer Errollyn Wallen to be presented during the 2007 Almeida Opera Festival.

$50,000 to the AMERICAN CONSERVATORY THEATER, San Francisco, Ca., for the world premiere production of Bay Area playwright Philip Kan Gotanda?s After the War that chronicles the return of first-and second-generation Japanese-Americans to their neighborhoods in San Francisco after being forcibly incarcerated in internment camps during World War II.

$150,000 over three years to the ASIAN ART MUSEUM OF SAN FRANCISCO, San Francisco, Ca., for Dragon?s Gift: An Exhibition of Art from Bhutan, an exhibit to open in October 2008.

$25,000 to the CALIFORNIA EXHIBITION RESOURCES ALLIANCE, Oakland, Ca., to develop Sing Me Your Story, Dance Me Home: Art and Poetry From Native California, a traveling exhibition featuring contemporary art by California Native artists, contextualized by poetry and multimedia music and dance presentations.

$250,000 over five years to the CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM, San Francisco, Ca., for the capital campaign for the new building for the museum.

$12,100 to the DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT, CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO, San Francisco, Ca., for a multi-media public installation at Pier 39 and other public spaces, to call public attention to the potential rise in sea level in San Francisco from global climate change. This is a collaborative project involving the Department of the Environment, the Sierra Club, and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission.

$50,000 to INTERSECTION FOR THE ARTS, San Francisco, Ca., for the production of The Hamlet Project: Blood in the Brain at Intersection and Laney College Theater in Oakland, a play development and production project involving California Shakespeare Theater, lead playwright Naomi Iizuka, Intersection and its resident theater company Campo Santo, and emerging young writers/performers and community residents of Oakland.

$150,000 over three years to LOS CENZONTLES MEXICAN ARTS CENTER, San Pablo, Ca., for Cultures of Mexico in California, a multi-media performance and educational project to document, teach, present, and disseminate traditional and classical Mexican music and dance, and to examine the evolving cultural identities among Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans in the U.S.

$50,000 to the ODC THEATER, San Francisco, Ca., for Dance in the Community: New Works Initiative, to create and produce eight new works by contemporary choreographers, including two politically inspired dance pieces by ODC/Dance choreographers, and six works by choreographers from the San Francisco Bay Area?s diverse ethnic communities.

$50,000 to OPERA CIRCUS, Dorset, U.K., to commission a new chamber opera in English and Bosnian by British composer Nigel Osborne and Bosnian poet/librettist Goran Simic, which is inspired by traditional Sevdah music from Bosnia.

$50,000 to the ROYAL COURT THEATRE, London, U.K., for the Young Writers Festival, which showcases works by young writers up to age 26 from around the world, and gives young writers the opportunity to have their work performed on the Royal Court stage.

$60,000 over two years to SAN FRANCISCO CAMERAWORK, San Francisco, Ca., for the International Artists Initiative, a series of exhibits to foster the creation and presentation of new works by international artists from diverse regions, including China, Japan, and the Middle East.

$25,000 to SHADOWLIGHT PRODUCTIONS, San Francisco, Ca., for Monkey at Spider Cave, a new work that explores the intersection between traditional shadow theater and American theatrical and cinematic techniques, and is based on the story of how Buddhism was brought to China.

$26,208 to the SOCIETY FOR THE PROMOTION OF NEW MUSIC, London, U.K., for the Headline Season of Events 2006/2007, a series of performances curated by composer and pianist Rolf Hind that will showcase new music by some of the most talented new composers in the U.K. in a variety of styles.

$50,000 to T?TE ? T?TE, Middlesex, U.K., for the London premiere of Odysseus Unwound, a new opera commission by British composer Julian Grant involving a co-production between T?te ? T?te and knitters from the Shetland Islands. The production will combine the art forms of opera, knitting, and spinning to tell a contemporary cautionary tale of the horrors of war based on the mythical story of Odysseus.

$50,000 to THE OPERA GROUP, London, U.K., for two new commissions that use theater, music, and story-telling to explore issues and experiences of interest to diverse, non-traditional opera audiences; one co-produced with the Young Vic Theatre in London and a tour to other venues in the U.K.

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Human Rights

Grants awarded June 1, 2006, through May 31, 2007

 

$180,000 over three years to the AGRICULTURE AND LAND-BASED TRAINING ASSOCIATION (ALBA), Salinas, Ca., to (1) increase direct-marketing opportunities for ALBA?s small-scale organic farmers and increase access to affordable, local, healthful, organic food for low-income people in the Salinas Valley; (2) develop institutional markets for ALBA Organics and ALBA farmers; and (3) continue to promote the value of local-food systems throughout the region.

$100,000 over two years to the CALIFORNIA CLEAN MONEY CAMPAIGN, Los Angeles, Ca., to increase the visibility of the concept of full public financing of local and statewide political campaigns in California as a means to improving the honesty, openness, and accountability of government, and the responsiveness of elected officials to their constituents.

$100,000 over three years to CALIFORNIA FARMLINK, Sebastopol, Ca., to build family farming and conserve farmland in California by linking aspiring and retiring farmers; and to promote techniques and disseminate information that facilitates intergenerational-farm transitions.

$350,000 to CALIFORNIA FARMLINK, Sebastopol, Ca., for a program-related investment for the California Farmlink Farm Opportunities Loan Fund, which provides low-cost loans to initiate or expand family-farm operations.

$100,000 to the EQUALITY CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE, San Francisco, Ca., for the California Equality Project, a media and public education campaign to achieve majority support for civil marriage equality for lgbt people.

$100,000, as a returnable grant, to HABITAT MEDIA, San Rafael, Ca., for The Lost Art of Tea Tossing, a feature-length, nonpartisan documentary film that will examine citizen efforts to restore a more functional and participatory democracy in the U.S. by means of democratically financed campaigns for elective office.

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Sustainable Communities and Economies

Grants awarded June 1, 2006, through May 31, 2007

 

$50,000 to the BRENTWOOD AGRICULTURAL LAND TRUST, Brentwood, Ca., for the Brentwood Regional Marketing Project to implement a marketing campaign and develop a self-sustaining regional agricultural-marketing organization, which will help Contra Costa County farmers create sustainable futures for local agriculture by building a regional identity.

$125,000 over two years to the BUSINESS ALLIANCE FOR LOCAL LIVING ECONOMIES, San Francisco, Ca., to develop and connect membership networks in California to support the development and success of locally owned, sustainable businesses.

$25,000 to the CALIFORNIA COALITION FOR FOOD AND FARMING, Santa Cruz, Ca., to support the policy program and develop a strategic alliance with the Ecological Farming Association.

$150,000 over three years to CALIFORNIANS FOR GE-FREE AGRICULTURE, Occidental, Ca., for the development of the Genetic Engineering Policy Alliance and for public education and organizing about GE crops and their impact on sustainable food and farming systems. The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center is the sponsor.

$150,000 over three years to the CENTER FOR FOOD SAFETY, Washington, D.C., for the Center?s work on the scientific, regulatory, and legal issues of genetically engineered crops and other issues emerging from industrial-agriculture practices.

$50,000 to the CHEZ PANISSE FOUNDATION, Berkeley, Ca., for the Nutrition Services Director of the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) to design and implement the School Lunch Initiative at Berkeley High School and throughout the BUSD to demonstrate the viability and benefits of serving locally produced, fresh, and healthful foods for school lunches and snacks.

$100,000 over two years to the CHEZ PANISSE FOUNDATION, Berkeley, Ca., for continued support of the School Lunch Initiative to create a sustainable-food system in the Berkeley School District.

$10,000 to ENVIRONMENTAL COMMONS, Gualala, Ca., for Building Local Control of Food and Agriculture ? From Awareness to Action, a series of facts sheets for the public, activists, and policy makers that provide concise and easy-to-use information about the value and importance of local food systems, and what can be done to develop and protect them. The Redwood Coast Watershed Alliance is the sponsor.

$25,000 to the HUSBANDRY INSTITUTE, Emeryville, Ca., for Ask for Change, a public education campaign to create public understanding of: (1) the impact of meat and dairy production practices on animal welfare, human health, and the environment; and (2) the positive change consumers can support through educated choices about what they consume. The Tides Center is the sponsor.

$25,000 to the INTERRA PROJECT, San Francisco, Ca., for a planning grant to assess the viability of establishing a Bay Area Community Change program that will utilize payment cards to market local businesses and generate funding for community-based sustainability nonprofits as a result of increased consumer purchasing from these businesses. The Natural Capital Institute is the sponsor.

$50,000 to NEXTCOURSE, San Francisco, Ca., for the Food from the Parks Initiative, a collaboration with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, The Parks Conservancy, and The Presidio Trust (collectively ?the Park?) to (1) change the food service facilities within the Park so that they offer healthful, local, affordable, and sustainably produced food to park visitors; and (2) increase the percentage of the Park?s $7 to $10 million in annual food purchases that will go to local farmers. The Trust for Conservation Innovation is the sponsor.

$40,000 to the POLARIS INSTITUTE, Mill Valley, Ca., for a survey of best water conservation practices in sustainable agriculture, and the development of a sustainable agriculture advisory committee to develop a platform and action plan for a sustainable agriculture water agenda for California.

$150,000 over three years to the PRODUCT POLICY INSTITUTE, Athens, Ga., for the California Community Extended Producer Responsibility Campaign to help California communities get out of the business of managing hazardous-product discards and start the shift to producer-managed product-recovery systems, an approach that places life-cycle responsibility for products on the parties who design, market, and profit from them.

$1,000,000 over five years to the ROOTS OF CHANGE FUND, San Francisco, Ca., to strengthen the institutional and political base for, and commence the implementation of, a campaign to transition California food and farming systems to sustainability by the year 2030. The Trust for Conservation Innovation is the sponsor.

$100,000 over two years to the XERCES SOCIETY, Portland, Ore., for the Farming for Bees: Pollinator Conservation in Agricultural Landscapes program to help expand natural habitat that supports native bees that pollinate crops, and help growers develop sustainable practices that reduce the effects of their management on pollinators.

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Foundation Initiated and Other

Grants awarded June 1, 2006, through May 31, 2007

 

Other:

 

$100,000 to BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY, Waltham, Mass., to augment the endowment for the Madeleine Haas Russell Visiting Professorship of Non-Western and Comparative Studies.

$50,000 to KQED, San Francisco, Ca., for the completion costs of Save the Bay, a television series of four one-hour episodes examining the geological, cultural, and developmental history of the San Francisco Bay.

 

Foundation initiated and other:

 

$15,000 to the ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OF YALE UNIVERSITY, New Haven, Conn., for the Class of 1969.

$500,000 to the CAPITAL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION (CCF), London, U.K., to establish the Columbia Foundation Fund, a donor-advised fund from which the CCF will award grants to U.K. organizations.

$211,000 over five years to the SAN FRANCISCO BALLET, San Francisco, Ca., for the Pinnacle Fund.

$50,000 to the SAN FRANCISCO BALLET, San Francisco, Ca., for general support of the annual fund.

$50,000 to the SAN FRANCISCO OPERA, San Francisco, Ca., for general support to present opera performances of the highest quality available to the widest possible audience, to perpetuate and enrich the operatic art form, and to take a leadership role in training, arts education, and audience development.

$10,000 to URBAN RESOURCE SYSTEMS, San Francisco, Ca., in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Neighborhood Parks Council.

 

Philanthropy and non-profit sector:

 

$900 to the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF NONPROFITS, Los Angeles, Ca., for 2007 membership.

$9,000 to the COUNCIL ON FOUNDATIONS, Washington, D.C., for 2007 membership.

$10,000 to the ENVIRONMENTAL GRANTMAKERS ASSOCIATION, New York, N.Y., for the 2006 Fall Retreat.

$1,020 to the ENVIRONMENTAL GRANTMAKERS ASSOCIATION, New York, N.Y., for 2007 membership.

$1,500 to the FOUNDATION CENTER, San Francisco, Ca., for continuing support of the Foundation Center Library.

$2,500 to the FUNDERS' COMMITTEE FOR CIVIC PARTICIPATION (FCCP), Amherst, Mass., for membership in the FCCP, which brings together grantmakers who are committed to enhancing democratic involvement in all dimensions of civic life, including elections, governance, media, and civil society with a particular emphasis on disenfranchised and disempowered communities. The Proteus Fund is the sponsor.

$3,650 to INDEPENDENT SECTOR, Washington, D.C., for 2007 membership.

$2,500 to the NATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR RESPONSIVE PHILANTHROPY, Washington, D.C., for 2007 membership.

$10,000 to the NONPROFIT CENTERS NETWORK, San Francisco, Ca., to launch a series of workshops and technical assistance programs in California to increase the capacity of nonprofit organizations to develop and operate multi-tenant nonprofit centers serving the nonprofit community.

$4,822 to NORTHERN CALIFORNIA GRANTMAKERS, San Francisco, Ca., for 2007 membership.

$2,500 to the SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SYSTEMS FUNDERS, Los Angeles, Ca., for 2007 membership. Community Partners is the sponsor.

$25,000 to TAPROOT FOUNDATION, San Francisco, Ca., for Service Grant Sponsorship 2007, to provide grants of creative services and production in web site design, brochure design, branding and database design to Columbia Foundation grantees.

 

General support contributions of $5,000 or less:

ACLU FOUNDATION OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

AGAPE FOUNDATION

AMERICAN ASSOCIATES OF THE HAIFA FOUNDATION

AMERICAN FARMLAND TRUST

AMERICAN FRIENDS OF MAGEN DAVID ADOM

AMERICAN JEWISH WORLD SERVICE

BREAKTHROUGH COLLABORATIVE

BREAST CANCER ACTION

BREAST CANCER FUND

CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

CALIFORNIA ALLIANCE FOR ARTS EDUCATION

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS USA

EARTHJUSTICE LEGAL DEFENSE FUND

FRIENDS FOUNDATION OF THE SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY

FRIENDS OF THE URBAN FOREST

GLOBAL HERITAGE FUND

GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVANCY

HARVARD UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SCHOOL OF DESIGN

HAWAII SEED

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

KIDS COMPANY

MARIN AGRICULTURAL LAND TRUST

MARIN ORGANIC

ORGANIC CONSUMERS ASSOCIATION

PAINES PLOUGH THEATRE COMPANY

POETRY FLASH

POP-UP THEATRE

PRESIDIO SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT

PROTEUS FUND

PUBLIC CAMPAIGN

REX FOUNDATION

RICH MIX

SAN FRANCISCO ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE

SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM & HISTORICAL SOCIETY

SANT BANI SCHOOL

SIERRA CLUB FOUNDATION

SUMMER FIELDS SCHOOL

UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS

YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

YOLO LAND TRUST

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Closing Report
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