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Grants Awarded
June 1, 2007, through May 31, 2008

 

ARTS AND CULTURE SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES AND ECONOMIES
HUMAN RIGHTS FOUNDATION INITIATED
 
 
Total Grants Awarded:
$2,738,300
Total Grants Paid:
$3,377,100

 

Arts and Culture

Grants awarded June 1, 2007, through May 31, 2008

 

$60,000 over two years to the ALLIANCE FOR CALIFORNIA TRADITIONAL ARTS, San Francisco, Ca., for the 2007-2009 Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, involving San Francisco Bay Area participating master artists and apprentices who practice traditions brought here by immigrant populations or traditions passed down on the more than 150 tribal reservations and rancherias in California.

$35,000 to the CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS, San Francisco, Ca., for the 100 Families Oakland: Art and Social Change Project to engage families from West Oakland in the creation of art centered on the theme of family.

$100,000 over two years to the CALIFORNIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY, San Francisco, Ca., for the Living New Deal Project, which celebrates the accomplishments achieved under the New Deal and illuminates New Deal public investment in the physical, economic, and cultural infrastructure of California as a foundation for its prosperity.

$50,000 over two years to THE CRUCIBLE, Oakland, Ca., for the Youth Arts Education Program, which offers workshops and classes marrying fine art with industry and community to more than 1,500 young people annually, with free programs to students in its West Oakland neighborhood.

$150,000 over three years to the FINE ARTS MUSEUMS OF SAN FRANCISCO, San Francisco, Ca., for Cultural Encounters at the New de Young, a constituency-engagement and audience-development initiative.

$10,000 to the HEYDAY INSTITUTE, Berkeley, Ca., for An Inordinate Fondness for Plants: The Herbarium of John Muir, a publication of scanned images of native plants ? plants that John Muir collected and mailed to herbaria around the country as he traveled throughout the West. The images will also be exhibited at the Oakland Museum in 2009.

$20,000 to the SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL, San Francisco, Ca., for the 2008 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival?s Spotlight Program, which explores the festival?s principal theme ? social-justice documentaries ? through panel discussions, seminars, and publications.

$50,000 to SAN FRANCISCO PERFORMANCES, San Francisco, Ca., for Composer/Performers to expand audience-development and education initiatives, and to offer the American, West Coast, and Bay Area premieres of innovative and groundbreaking work.

$25,000 to SHADOWLIGHT PRODUCTIONS, San Francisco, Ca., for Ghost of the River, a multidisciplinary shadow-theatre work directed by Larry Reed, with an original script by Octavio Solis, which will explore the lives of those who have been affected by immigration and other U.S. border issues.

$10,000 to the UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO PRESS, Albuquerque, N.Mex., for the 2008 publication of The Migrant Project: Contemporary California Farm Workers, a book based on the traveling photo-documentary exhibition by Rich Nahmias, with an introduction by Dolores Huerta.


See Foundation Initiated for a list of grants from the Columbia Foundation Fund of the Capital Community Foundation.

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Human Rights

Grants awarded June 1, 2007, through May 31, 2008



$100,000 to the CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE FOR RURAL STUDIES, Davis, Ca., for the development of a ten-to-twenty-minute still-image, graphic/text-and-audio-based presentation on California farm labor, in collaboration with photographer Rick Nahmias. The goal is to provide a user-friendly and visually compelling educational tool to increase understanding of the conditions of farm labor in California and to promote the demand for fair food, i.e., food produced with fair-labor conditions.

$100,000 to GROUNDSPARK, San Francisco, Ca., for the completion of Straightlaced, the fourth film in the Respect for All series, as part of a campaign to give a new generation of stakeholders who work with youth the tools necessary to engage them in dialogue about homophobia. Straightlaced, a film for high schools, features high-school students talking candidly about how they are affected by rigid gender roles and anti-gay prejudice.

$100,000 to MAPLIGHT.ORG, Berkeley, Ca., to track campaign donations and the subsequent votes by elected officials on issues of interest to campaign donors.

$50,000 to PIE RANCH/GREEN OAK AGRICULTURAL TRUST, Davenport, Ca., for the Mission High School Collaborative Food System Project, a nutrition-education, farm field-studies and work-study program for Mission High School students. The Rudolph Steiner Foundation is the sponsor.

$300,000 to the CIVIL MARRIAGE COLLABORATIVE (CMC), Amherst, Mass., a collaborative-grantmaking program supported by institutional donors that bolsters strategic state-based efforts to strengthen a broad and diverse grassroots constituency to achieve civil-marriage equality in the U.S., and to oppose efforts to limit or deny civil-marital rights to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. The Proteus Fund is the sponsor.

$100,000 to PUBLIC CAMPAIGN, Washington, D.C., for From Moment to Momentum: A New Era for Reform to (1) expand public-education programs on public finance of campaigns; (2) forge a stronger and more diverse coalition advocating for clean-elections reform; (3) ensure that existing systems of public-campaign finance are utilized to the fullest possible extent; and (4) defend those systems from legislative, legal, and ballot-initiative challenges.

$20,000 to the REX FOUNDATION, San Francisco, Ca., for The World as it Could Be ? Where There?s a Will There?s a Way, a dramatic performance by Bay Area youth-arts organizations to educate and inspire youth and adults to further human rights.

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Sustainable Communities and Economies

Grants awarded June 1, 2007, through May 31, 2008

 

$100,000 over two years to the AGRICULTURAL SUSTAINABILITY INSTITUTE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS, Davis, Ca., to create a major in sustainable agriculture that integrates learning across broad disciplines to give students the knowledge, skills, and expertise to enhance their career opportunities and become leaders in sustainable agriculture. The Regents of the University of California is the sponsor.

$50,000 to the BRENTWOOD AGRICULTURAL LAND TRUST, Brentwood, Ca., to protect and expand the farming community in highly threatened and already urbanized areas of eastern Contra Costa County through agricultural easements; to disseminate information about economic-development opportunities for farmers; to work for policy change at the state and local level to support the farm community; to create a place-based marketing identity for Contra Costa County agriculture; and to develop programs to re-link agriculture in the eastern part of Contra Costa County with cities in the County.

$37,500 to the CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE, Sacramento, Ca., for California Agriculture Vision, a project to plan and hold a minimum of six public hearings across the State to engage stakeholders in a process to create a vision for California?s food and agriculture sector to achieve a robust, sustainable, and prosperous system by the year 2030.

$12,500 to the CALIFORNIA LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS EDUCATION FUND, Oakland, Ca., for Green California, a forum of over 50 environmental organizations working together to increase collaboration and cooperation among environmental groups throughout California.

$50,000 to the CALIFORNIA RURAL LEGAL ASSISTANCE FOUNDATION, Sacramento, Ca., for the Sustainable Communities Project to strengthen the voice of farm labor in coalition work for sustainable agriculture and food systems in California.

$225,000 over three years to the COMMUNITY ALLIANCE WITH FAMILY FARMERS, Davis, Ca., to expand Buy Fresh Buy Local (BFBL) into a statewide campaign, increase support from the public for BFBL, and build towards self-sufficiency.

$75,000 to the GREAT VALLEY CENTER, Modesto, Ca., for the Sustainable Environment and Economic Development program to (1) establish a multi-commodity sustainable-practices project; and (2) provide education and outreach on sustainable-agriculture practices to agricultural-industry groups. The Regents of the University of California/UC Merced is the sponsor.

$50,000 to the INSTITUTE FOR FISHERIES RESOURCES (IFR), San Francisco, Ca., for continuing support for the Klamath Basin Coalition, a federation of fifteen regional and national organizations (coordinated by the IFR) jointly working to restore the salmon-producing river ecosystems of Northern California?s Klamath Basin.

$50,000 to KLAMATH RIVERKEEPER, Somes Bar, Ca., for its work to restore the Klamath River.

$12,500 to the NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL, New York, N.Y., for a collaborative-planning project with the Community Alliance with Family Farmers and the Bon Appetit Company Foundation to develop a Sustainable Food and Biomass Procurement Initiative to advance market demand and policy development for increasing sustainable food and biomass production.

$40,000 to the POLARIS INSTITUTE U.S.A., Occidental, Ca., for A Water Agenda for Sustainable Agriculture in California to educate sustainable-agriculture groups about the need for a sustainable-water agenda; to create leadership on water issues in the sustainable-agriculture community; to form a coalition that can have an effective voice for a sustainable-water agenda; and to encourage the adoption of water-conservation practices throughout the agriculture sector.

$50,000 to SLOW FOOD NATION, San Francisco, Ca., for Changemakers Day, a public event in San Francisco focused on building a strong coalition for sustainable food and farming in California and the nation.

$50,000 to the VENTURA COUNTY AG FUTURES ALLIANCE, Sebastopol, Ca., for a collaborative project involving the Ventura County Ag Futures Alliance, the Environmental Defense Center of Santa Barbara, and the Community Alliance with Family Farmers to create a first edition of a Buy Fresh, Buy Local Food Guide for California?s South Central Coast (Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.) Ag Innovations is the sponsor.

$15,000 to YALE UNIVERSITY, New Haven, Conn., for the publication of The Bridge at the Edge of the World: Capitalism, the Environment, and the Crossing from Crisis to Sustainability by James Gustave Speth, a professor of environmental policy and the Dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

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Foundation Initiated and Other

Grants awarded June 1, 2007, through May 31, 2008

 

Other:

 

$100,000 to ACLU FOUNDATION OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, San Francisco, Ca., for the ACLU Campaign for the Future, a capital campaign for the purchase and renovation of new office space at 39 Drumm Street in San Francisco.

$130,000 to the CAPITAL COMMUNITY FOUNDATION (CCF), London, U.K., to add funds to the Columbia Foundation Fund, a donor-advised fund from which the CCF awards grants to U.K. organizations. The following grants were awarded by CCF from the Columbia Foundation Fund:

  1. $25,000 to the Battersea Arts Centre for 1984
  2. $50,000 to Chickenshed for SeaChange
  3. $25,000 to Crying Out Loud for Au Revoir Parapluie
  4. $50,000 to Glyndebourne for Of Love and Other Demons
  5. $25,000 to the Ice and Fire Theatre Company for My Year in Ramallah
  6. $25,000 to the Paines Plough Theatre Company for Public Plays
  7. $30,000 to the Royal Court Theatre for Sucker Punch
  8. $100,000 over two years to the Royal Shakespeare Company for The Grain Store
  9. $20,000 to the Society for the Promotion of New Music for the Headline Season of Events 2007/2008
  10. $10,000 to the Royal Festival Hall for the Renovation Project
  11. $15,000 to the Coram Family for the Survival Packs' Scheme
  12. $15,000 to Norfolk Concerts for the concert series
  13. $10,000 to the Kids Company for program support
  14. $10,000 to the Salle Church Restoration Fund
  15. $10,000 to Stonewall Equality for program support
  16. $10,000 to the Summer Fields School for program support

 

Foundation initiated:

 

$17,000 to the BARENBOIM-SAID FOUNDATION U.S.A., New York, N.Y., for the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, a workshop program for young Israeli and Palestinian musicians and others from various countries in the Middle East.

$10,000 to the CAMBRIDGE SCHOOL OF WESTON, Weston, Mass., for the co-educational, day and boarding school.

$10,000 to the CAMFED U.S.A. FOUNDATION, San Francisco, Ca., to eradicate poverty in Africa through the education of girls and the empowerment of young women.

$10,000 to the CONGREGATION EMANU-EL, San Francisco, Ca., to advance lifelong involvement in Judaism guided by Jewish values.

$17,000 to OXFAM AMERICA, Boston, Mass., for international relief and development programs to help people overcome poverty and fight for social justice.

$50,000 to the SAN FRANCISCO BALLET, San Francisco, Ca., for the Annual Fund.

$125,000 to the SAN FRANCISCO OPERA, San Francisco, Ca., 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 VERSAILLES FOUNDATION, New York, N.Y., for the Claude Monet Foundation-Giverny.

 

Philanthropy and non-profit sector:

 

$900 to the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF NONPROFITS, Los Angeles, Ca., for the 2008 membership contribution.

$2,500 to COMMUNITY PARTNERS, Los Angeles, Ca., for the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders to provide ongoing educational programs for a national network of funders interested in sustainable food and agriculture.

$9,000 to the COUNCIL ON FOUNDATIONS, Arlington, Va., for the 2008 membership contribution.

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

$2,650 to INDEPENDENT SECTOR, Washington, D.C., for the 2008 membership contribution.

$1,000 to the INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS FUNDERS GROUP, New York, N.Y., for 2008 membership.

$7,050 to NORTHERN CALIFORNIA GRANTMAKERS, San Francisco, Ca., for the 2008 membership contribution.

$50,000 over two years to the TAPROOT FOUNDATION, San Francisco, Ca., for continuing support of Service Grant Sponsorship to provide ten 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

AMERICAN FARMLAND TRUST

BAT CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL

BREAST CANCER ACTION

BREAST CANCER FUND

CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

CALIFORNIA ALLIANCE FOR ARTS EDUCATION

CENTER FOR LAND-BASED LEARNING

CENTER FOR SCIENCE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST

EARTHJUSTICE LEGAL DEFENSE FUND

FINE ARTS MUSEUMS OF SAN FRANCISCO

FRIENDS FOUNDATION OF THE SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY

GARDEN CONSERVANCY

GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVANCY

GRANTMAKERS IN THE ARTS

HEALING WATERS WILDERNESS ADVENTURES

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR ECOLOGY AND CULTURE

MARIN ORGANIC

MEALS ON WHEELS OF SAN FRANCISCO

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

THE OAKLAND INSTITUTE

OPEN EYE PICTURES

ORGANIC CONSUMERS ASSOCIATION

ORGANIC FARMING RESEARCH FOUNDATION

PESTICIDE ACTION NETWORK NORTH AMERICA

POETRY FLASH

PROJECT OPEN HAND

PROTEUS FUND

PUBLIC CAMPAIGN

PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE OF CALIFORNIA

SAN FRANCISCO ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE SEASON OF SHARING FUND

SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM & HISTORICAL SOCIETY

SEVEN TEPEES

SIERRA CLUB FOUNDATION

STONE SOUP FRESNO

UKIAH PLAYERS THEATRE

UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS

YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

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