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Grants Awarded
June 1, 2008, through May 31, 2009


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Arts and Culture

Grants awarded June 1, 2008, through May 31, 2009


$50,000 to COUNTERPULSE, San Francisco, Ca., for Performing Diaspora, a three-week dance festival in October 2009, a residency program for dance artists, and a commissioning program to support artists who are deeply rooted in traditional forms yet seek to push those forms into new territory. CounterPULSE provides space and resources for emerging artists, serving as an incubator for the creation of socially relevant, community-based art and culture.

$50,000 to the KRONOS QUARTET/KRONOS PERFORMING ARTS ASSOCIATION, San Francisco, Ca., for Music Without Borders, a performance series presenting an array of diverse musical works, some commissioned by Kronos, including works from Islamic cultures throughout the world as re-interpreted by a new generation of virtuoso performers. Founded in 1973, Kronos Quartet commissions, performs, presents, records, and publishes contemporary music, and collaborates with and mentors other artists.

$20,000 over two years to NA LEI HULU I KA WEKIU, San Francisco, Ca., for this dance-theater company to present original works using hula, chanting, storytelling, and music to create a bridge of understanding across cultures and generations as well as advance the public dialogue about the experiences and contributions of America?s indigenous people.

$200,000 over two years to the ODC THEATER, San Francisco, Ca., for renovation and expansion of the original ODC Theater as a performance space for the dance community. ODC is a dance collective, founded in 1971, which strives to inspire audiences, cultivate artists, engages community, and foster diversity and inclusion through dance performance, training, and mentorship.

$50,000 to SAN FRANCISCO PERFORMANCES (SFP), San Francisco, Ca., for American Icons, a series of performances, lectures, and panel discussions focusing on two iconic 21st century composers, Elliott Carter and Philip Glass. Founded in 1979, SFP is an independent presenter of chamber music, vocal and instrumental recitals, jazz, and contemporary dance.

$150,000 over three years to YOUTH SPEAKS, San Francisco, Ca., for the creation and performance of new works of writing, including poetry, spoken word, and hip-hop theater to be presented annually at the Living Word Festival in October at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Project Artaud Theater, and other venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded in 1996, Youth Speaks is a non-profit presenter of spoken-word performances, education, and youth-development programs.

See Other 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, 2008, through May 31, 2009

$100,000 over two years to ANEWAMERICA COMMUNITY CORPORATION, Berkeley, Ca., to increase economic opportunity and promote the long-term economic empowerment of new Americans ? new citizens, immigrants, and refugees ? through entrepreneur and business-development programs.

$50,000 to the CALIFORNIA CLEAN MONEY CAMPAIGN, Los Angeles, Ca., a non-profit, non-partisan organization working to achieve an open and accountable government through public education on the benefits of public funding of election campaigns.

$50,000 to CENTRO DE LOS DERECHOS DEL MIGRANTE, Miami, Fla., for this transnational center?s work in indigenous areas of Oaxaca and Guerrero, Mexico to educate and protect the rights of migrant labor coming to California to work. The Center uses education, community organizing, and legal representation in its work with communities of migrant laborers, in order to protect their rights (as laborers in the U.S.) and to provide legal recourse for those whose rights have been violated by U.S. employers.

$50,000 to CHANGE CONGRESS, San Francisco, Ca., to end pay-to-play politics and corruption in the U.S. government by creating a grassroots online citizen movement to hold Congressional leaders accountable, and to promote public finance of Congressional campaigns.

$75,000 to FREEDOM TO MARRY, New York, N.Y., for continuing support for this major national strategic initiative to secure marriage equality for same-sex couples. The Astraea Foundation is the sponsor.

$100,000 to the MISSION ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (MEDA), San Francisco, Ca., a community-based economic-development organization, for a capital campaign to purchase and renovate a property, to be called Plaza Adelante, at 2301 Mission Street in San Francisco. Plaza Adelante will be a tenant-owned community facility for MEDA and up to seven local organizations that provide essential services to immigrant communities and support for the development of financial independence of low- and moderate-income families in the Mission District.

$150,000 to the NATIONAL CENTER FOR LESBIAN RIGHTS (NCLR), San Francisco, Ca., to advance the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people and their families through litigation, public-policy advocacy, and public education. NCLR is a non-profit, public interest law firm, which litigates precedent-setting cases at the trial and appellate court levels; advocates for equitable public policies affecting the lgbt community; provides free legal assistance to lgbt people and their legal advocates; and conducts community education on lgbt legal issues.

$50,000 to NEXTCOURSE, San Francisco, Ca., for nutrition education and vocational training in sustainable food operations for low-income and underserved communities including the Women?s Reentry Center in San Francisco, the Five Keys Charter School on Treasure Island, and Mission High School. Nextcourse?s mission is to improve the health of individuals and communities by designing innovative and collaborative educational programs that inspire people to purchase, cook, and eat healthier locally produced foods. The Trust for Conservation Innovation is the sponsor.

$50,000 to PIE RANCH, Davenport, Ca., for Making a Bigger Pie ? the Pie Ranch Replication Initiative to develop and offer nutrition/cooking education programs in high schools and link the high-school students with small- and mid-sized farms, food-system businesses for internships, work-study, and/or jobs in sustainable food-and-farming enterprises. Since 2005, Pie Ranch has operated as a working farm, hosting youth from regional high schools to participate in farm-based education programs and activities. The Rudolf Steiner Foundation is the sponsor.

$50,000 to the PIPER FUND, Amherst, Mass., a funder collaborative that raises and distributes grants to expand the reach of state-based efforts promoting public finance of political campaigns at the state and local level. The Proteus Fund is the sponsor.

$100,000 to PUBLIC CAMPAIGN, Washington, D.C., to continue to provide national leadership to advance understanding and support for public finance of political campaigns. $50,000 of this grant is for Public Campaign, and $50,000 is for the FAIR ELECTIONS COALITION to develop its action plans to strengthen support for public finance of campaigns at the federal level.

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Sustainable Communities and Economies *

Grants awarded June 1, 2008, through May 31, 2009

$25,000 to PARAGON MEDIA, Oakland, Ca., for the production and grassroots distribution of Monsanto vs. U.S. Farmers, a documentary film chronicling the increasing ownership of the seed supply by Monsanto Corporation and its litigation against American farmers for perceived patent infringement.

* Awards for sustainable food and farming approved in July 2009 will appear in FY 2010 grants list.

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Grants awarded June 1, 2008, through May 31, 2009


U.K. Grants:


$425,000 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. $50,000 to the English National Opera (ENO), London, for the U.K. premiere of a new production of Dr. Atomic, an opera by American composer John Adams. ENO is a full time producing company presenting a wide range of opera with an emphasis on theatricality, originality and quality.
  2. $50,000 to the Hampstead Theatre, London, for the development and staging of Barrier, a new play by 19-year-old playwright Atiha Sen Gupta about a young woman's choice to wear the Hijab in Britain?s modern multicultural society. Founded in 1959, Hampstead Theatre is a theatre for new writing.
  3. $50,000 to Music Theatre Wales (MTW), Cardiff, Wales, for the production and performance costs of Letters of Love Betrayed, a new chamber opera by Jamaican-born composer Eleanor Alberga and writer, producer, director Donald Sturrock based on a short story by Isabel Allende. Music Theatre Wales is a touring contemporary opera company dedicated to performing ground-breaking and stimulating contemporary chamber opera. Founded in 1988, MTW became the first associate company of the Royal Opera House in 1988.
  4. $55,000 to the Opera Group, London, for two projects: $40,000 for the London performances in February 2009 of George Benjamin's first piece of music theater, Into the Little Hill, a contemporary re-working of the tale of the Pied Piper produced in collaboration with the London Sinfonietta and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden; and $15,000 for the first year of research and development for the premiere in 2011 of Paradise Lost, a re-imagining of Milton's epic creation myth and the first operatic work by young U.K. composer Luke Bedford. The Opera Group develops productions merging contemporary theatre and music.
  5. $50,000 to the Young Vic, London, for Amazonia, a new theatre production written by Brazilian Pedro Cardoso, which aims to inspire audiences and explore the role that the arts can play in addressing global environmental issues. The Young Vic was founded in 1970 as a place where younger directors, designers, actors, writers and technicians can present the great works of the world repertoire, classics and new plays at the lowest possible seat prices.
  6. $120,000 over three years to the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, for Disparate Voices: A History of South Asian Photography, a major historic and contemporary survey exhibition of work by South Asian photographers from the Indian subcontinent, drawing together over 300 photographic works from the past 170 years. Founded in 1901, Whitechapel is one of the first publicly funded galleries for temporary exhibitions in London.
  7. $1,500 to the Kids Company, London, an organization that provides practical, emotional, and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children and young people.
  8. $1,500 to Chickenshed, London, a theatre company that includes young people with all levels of physical, emotional, and intellectual abilities in its creative process.
  9. $5,000 to the Biodynamic Land Fund, Uckfield, to purchase land for biodynamic farming, an ecological and organic method capable of meeting the demands of sustainability, in order to heighten public awareness of its methodology and provide suitable centers of training.
  10. $5,000 to the Chelsea Physic Garden, London, to (1) demonstrate through its plantings and publications the range of species named or introduced to cultivation by a succession of distinguished curators; (2) to pursue horticultural excellence, especially in the cultivation of rare and tender plants; and (3) to demonstrate to all who visit the many uses of plants, and particularly the heritage of the plant world as a common medicine chest. Founded in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, Chelsea Physic Garden continues to research the properties, origins, and conservation of over 5,000 species.
  11. $54,618 to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Kent, a national charity dedicated to all aspects of Cystic Fibrosis, for the completion and broadcast of a documentary film by Stephen Walker on the Cadogan Hall Matthew Passion Concert conducted by Alex Stobbs, a young pianist and singer on a choral scholarship at Kings College Cambridge who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, and who is determined to help others by aiming to increase understanding of this disease.
  12. $5,000 to the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), London, U.K., to investigate, expose, and campaign against the illegal trade of wildlife and the destruction of the natural environment. The EIA is an independent, international campaigning organization committed to bringing about change that protects the natural world from environmental crime and abuse.
  13. $25,000 to Norfolk Concerts, Norwich, for the 2009 summer concert series, workshops and student concerts at Greshams and Taverham Hall, young artist sponsorship, and recordings and a BBC documentary. Norfolk Concerts presents performances of classical music interpreted by both established and emerging artists in the countryside of rural Norfolk in 15th-century Salle Church.
  14. $5,000 to the Sir John Soane?s Museum, London, U.K., for general support of the museum of former Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy Sir John Soane, which comprises his collections and personal effects, acquired between the 1780s and his death in 1837.


Philanthropy and non-profit sector:


$250 to BIONEERS, Santa Fe, N.Mex., for 2008 membership. Bioneers works to inspire a shift to live on Earth in ways that honor the web of life, each other, and future generations.

$900 to the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF NONPROFITS (CAN), Los Angeles, Ca., for 2009 membership. CAN is a statewide membership network creating sector-wide responses to the important issues facing nonprofit organizations, and providing resources and tools that empower nonprofits to achieve their missions.

$7,667 to the COUNCIL ON FOUNDATIONS (COF), Arlington, Va., for 2009 membership. COF is a national nonprofit association of grantmaking foundations and corporations working to increase effectiveness, stewardship, and accountability while providing members with services and support.

$1,020 to the ENVIRONMENTAL GRANTMAKERS ASSOCIATION (EGA), New York, N.Y., for 2008 membership. EGA works to help member organizations become more effective environmental grantmakers through information sharing, collaboration, and networking.

$1,200 to the FOUNDATION CENTER, New York, N.Y., for the San Francisco Foundation Center Library. The Foundation Center is a national service organization connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them with tools and information about organized philanthropy.

$2,110 to INDEPENDENT SECTOR, Washington, D.C., for 2009 membership. Independent Sector is a leadership forum for charities, foundations, and corporate giving programs.

$1,000 to the NATIONAL CENTER FOR FAMILY PHILANTHROPY, Washington, D.C., to promote philanthropic values, vision, and excellence across generations of donors and donor families with a focus on integrating next-generation family members.

$5,579 to NORTHERN CALIFORNIA GRANTMAKERS (NCG), San Francisco, Ca., for 2009 membership. NCG is a regional association of foundations, corporate contributions programs, and other public and private grantmakers working to enhance the effectiveness of philanthropy.


Foundation initiated:


$22,187 to AMERICAN FRIENDS OF ETON COLLEGE, McLean, Va., for a concert tour of South Africa by the Eton College Chapel Choir.

$10,000 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. The Foundation was established in 2004 for the sole purpose of raising funds for musical and cultural workshops and orchestras for highly talented young performers from Arab countries and Israel, and for the development of music-education programs for children of the region.

$6,000 to the SAN FRANCISCO FOOD BANK, San Francisco, Ca., to provide free food to over 600 community food programs, including neighborhood pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers, homeless shelters, and youth programs.

$40,000, to the SAN FRANCISCO OPERA, San Francisco, Ca., to present opera performances to the widest possible audience, to perpetuate and enrich the operatic art form, and to provide leadership in training, arts education, and audience development.

$75,000 to the SAN FRANCISCO PLANNING AND URBAN RESEARCH ASSOCIATION (SPUR), San Francisco, Ca., for the SPUR Urban Center, a new educational facility for informing community members and a growing national and worldwide constituency about urban planning and public policy to develop a new paradigm for sustainable cities. Formed in 1959, SPUR promotes improved urban planning in the San Francisco Bay Area through research, education, and advocacy.

$40,000 over two years to STANFORD UNIVERSITY, Stanford, Ca., for the 40th reunion of the Class of 1969.

$4,869 to TIDES SHARED SPACES, San Francisco, Ca., for the costs of legal and financial reports on the possible purchase of a building and parking lot on Valencia Street in the Mission District as a multi-tenant nonprofit center. Tides Shared Spaces creates, operates, and promotes sustainable workspaces for nonprofits and strengthens nonprofit capacity in the real-estate arena.


General support contributions of $5,000 or less:


ACLU FOUNDATION OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, San Francisco, Ca., to protect the civil liberties of all people in Northern California.

ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE, Washington, D.C., to preserve Alaska?s wilderness by engaging citizens, sharing resources, collaborating with other organizations, and educating the public.

AMERICAN FARMLAND TRUST, Washington, D.C., to help farmers and ranchers protect their land, produce a healthier environment, and build successful communities.

CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, San Francisco, Ca., a multi-disciplinary science museum for programs to explore, explain, and protect the natural world through research and educational outreach.

CALIFORNIA ALLIANCE FOR ARTS EDUCATION, Pasadena, Ca., a statewide membership organization for its work to advance policy work, planning, and advocacy for high-quality arts education for every California public school student.

CENTER FOR FOOD SAFETY, Washington, D.C., a national legal and advocacy center that works to challenge harmful food-production technologies and promote sustainable alternatives.

CENTER FOR URBAN EDUCATION ABOUT SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE (CUESA), San Francisco, Ca., to promote a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. CUESA was founded in 1994 to envision and develop San Francisco?s first urban sustainable, organic food and farming center.

CITY ARTS & LECTURES, San Francisco, Ca., to present celebrated writers, artists, and thinkers as they address contemporary ideas and values.

CULTURAL CONSERVANCY, San Francisco, Ca., for the Conservancy?s program to promote native seed-saving and seed-saving exchanges. The Cultural Conservancy is a Native American education and advocacy organization dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of indigenous cultures and their ancestral lands.

EARTHJUSTICE LEGAL DEFENSE FUND, Oakland, Ca., to protect natural resources and wildlife, and to defend the right of all people to a healthy environment through litigation and advocacy.

FINE ARTS MUSEUMS OF SAN FRANCISCO, San Francisco, Ca., for the de Young and the Legion of Honor museums.

FRIENDS FOUNDATION OF THE SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY, San Francisco, Ca., for the free public-library system in San Francisco. The Friends Foundation is a citizen-led support group for San Francisco public libraries.

FRIENDS OF THE URBAN FOREST (FUF), San Francisco, Ca., for its work to promote a larger, healthier urban forest, as part of the urban ecosystem, through community plantings, maintenance, education, and advocacy within San Francisco. FUF was founded in 1981 to restore and expand San Francisco?s urban forest.

GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVANCY, San Francisco, Ca., to help preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, and for ongoing programs that foster community stewardship. Founded in 1981, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is the nonprofit partner that supports and assists the Golden Gate National Parks in research, interpretation, and conservation programs.

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR ECOLOGY AND CULTURE, East Hardwick, Vt., an international organization working to protect both biological and cultural diversity. This grant is for their work in the Himalayas.

LEAGUE TO SAVE LAKE TAHOE, South Lake Tahoe, Ca., to protect and restore the environmental quality, scenic beauty, and low-impact recreational opportunities of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

LYRIC PRODUCTIONS, San Francisco, Ca., for Spare Stage to produce plays that provide a dynamic balance between actor, director, and playwright.

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, New York, N.Y., for programs and services of the museum to collect, preserve, study, exhibit, and stimulate appreciation for and advance knowledge of works of art that collectively represent the broadest spectrum of human achievement at the highest level of quality.

MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK, New York, N.Y., for programs and services of the museum to encourage understanding and enjoyment of modern and contemporary art by the diverse local, national, and international audiences that it serves.

THE OAKLAND INSTITUTE, Oakland, Ca., a research and advocacy organization, to increase public participation and promote fair debate on critical social, economic, and environmental issues in both national and international forums. The International Forum on Globalization is the sponsor.

OPEN EYE PICTURES, Sausalito, Ca., for Forget Me Not, a film about the National AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco.

POETRY FLASH, Berkeley, Ca., a nonprofit literary arts organization, for the Northern California Book Reviewers Awards, which annually recognize excellent books of literary fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children?s writing, and translation by regional writers.

PIPER FUND, Amherst, Mass., a funder collaborative that works to expand the reach of campaign-finance-reform efforts at the state level. The Proteus Fund is the sponsor.

PUBLIC CAMPAIGN, Washington, D.C., for non-partisan programs dedicated to reducing the role of special-interest money in American politics.

SAN FRANCISCO ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE, San Francisco, Ca., for the Haas-Lilienthal House maintenance fund. Founded in 1971, Heritage?s mission is to preserve and enhance San Francisco?s unique architectural and cultural identity.

SAN FRANCISCO BALLET, San Francisco, Ca., for general support of the San Francisco Ballet, America?s first professional ballet company.

SAN FRANCISCO PARKS TRUST, San Francisco, Ca., to provide leadership and support for San Francisco parks, recreation centers, and open spaces. San Francisco Parks Trust was founded in 1971 as Friends of Recreation and Parks.

SIERRA CLUB FOUNDATION, San Francisco, Ca., the charitable arm of the Sierra Club, which works to preserve and protect the natural environment by empowering the citizenry, especially democratically-based grassroots organizations, with charitable resources to further the cause of environmental protection.

SIERRA WATCH, Nevada City, Ca., to defend the natural resources and quality of life in the Sierra Nevada from sprawling development.

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SYSTEMS FUNDERS, Santa Barbara, Ca., to provide ongoing educational programs for a national network of funders interested in sustainable food and agriculture. Community Partners is the sponsor.

VERSAILLES FOUNDATION, New York, N.Y., for the Claude Monet Foundation ? Giverny, to preserve and restore Claude Monet?s home at Giverny, bequeathed to France?s Academie des Beaux-Arts by the artist?s son Michel in 1966.

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