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Grants Awarded
June 1, 2009, through May 31, 2010

 

ARTS AND CULTURE FOOD AND FARMING
HUMAN RIGHTS OTHER
 
 
Total Grants Awarded:
$1,750,650
Total Grants Paid:
$2,125,050

 

Arts

Grants awarded June 1, 2009, through May 31, 2010

 

$30,000 to the ALLIANCE FOR CALIFORNIA TRADITIONAL ARTS (ACTA), San Francisco, Ca., for the 2010 Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program to strengthen the capacity of the folk and traditional-arts field in California by supporting highly qualified practicing artists and apprentices, and increasing information services to reach ACTA?s constituency of traditional artists, curators, administrators, funders, and organizations. ACTA promotes and supports ways for cultural traditions to thrive now and into the future by providing advocacy, resources, and connections for folk and traditional artists.

$30,000 to the EAST BAY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (EBCPA), Richmond, Ca., for pre-production, production, and archiving expenses for the Iron Triangle Legacy Project, a month-long series of events that will tell the story of Richmond's Iron Triangle by its residents. The Center sits in the heart of one of the state's most economically challenged and violent neighborhoods - the Iron Triangle, an ethnically diverse community, predominantly African American, Latino, and South East Asian. EBCPA aims to empower and support the neighborhood's residents with an ongoing means of telling the Triangle's stories in depth, and from their perspective.

$35,000 to the MAGIC THEATRE, San Francisco, Ca., for the development and production in early 2010 of the world premiere of Oedipus El Rey, with an original script by Luis Alfaro. Oedipus El Rey re-envisions Sophocles' Oedipus as a contemporary Chicano story in California. The mission of Magic Theatre is to presentemerging and established playwrights and produce new workin an intimate, professional setting.

$25,000 to SAN FRANCISCO CAMERAWORK, San Francisco, Ca., for Soldiers' Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan, an exhibition of "staged narrative portraiture" by photographer Jennifer Karady of U.S. veterans suffering from war-related post-traumatic stress disorder. The aim is for Soldiers' Stories from Iraq and Afghanistan to reveal, and draw public attention to, the challenges that veterans face as a result of their emotional response to combat trauma. Founded in 1974, San Francisco Camerawork encourages emerging and mid-career artists to explore new directions in photography and related media.

$10,000 to the SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL, San Francisco, Ca., for the 30th Anniversary Centerpiece Program illuminating the representation of Jewish women and immigrants in early Jewish film for the SFJFF 30th Anniversary Festival in 2010. Programming includes the commissioning and production of an original musical score by Bay Area new-music composer Amy X. Nueburg to accompany the screening of Hungry Hearts (1922), a silent Jewish classic film based on a story by early Jewish feminist Anzia Yezierska.

$20,000 to the THEATRE OF YUGEN, San Francisco, Ca., for organizational support to execute a strategic plan, and aid in an artistic-leadership transition. The Theatre of Yugen is dedicated to the pursuit of the intangible essence called ?yugen? through exploration of dramatic and literary classics and the crafting of new works of world theater. The theater?s work is based on Japanese theatrical aesthetics, primarily the classical forms of Noh drama and Kyogen comedy.


See Other for a list of additional arts grants awarded by the Columbia Foundation Fund of the Capital Community Foundation in London.

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Human Rights

Grants awarded June 1, 2009, through May 31, 2010



$25,000 to the CENTER FOR GOVERNMENTAL STUDIES, Los Angeles, Ca., to research and write a model public-campaign-finance law for the California legislature and statewide offices.

$40,000 to CHANGE CONGRESS, San Francisco, Ca., a national organization that promotes understanding of the impact of pay-to-play politics as well as advocating for public finance of campaigns. Change Congress works via internet advocacy designed to reach politically active and net-savvy individuals to build a national network of constituents and donors in support of public finance of campaigns.

$75,000 to the CIVIL MARRIAGE COLLABORATIVE, Amherst, Mass., for continuing support for this collaborative grantmaking program supported by institutional donors that awards grants to strategic state-based efforts to strengthen a broad and diverse grassroots constituency to achieve civil-marriage equality on a state-by-state basis. Proteus Fund is the sponsor.

$50,000 to the COMMON CAUSE EDUCATION FUND, Washington, D.C., for its work in California to educate the public and policymakers about the negative impacts of privately financed campaigns on California governance.

$55,000 to the EQUALITY CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE, San Francisco, Ca., for community-based education programs throughout California designed to build connections between, and understanding and appreciation of, gays and lesbians and Californians who are undecided about marriage equality.

$50,000 to FREEDOM TO MARRY, New York, N.Y., for continuing support of this national-strategy center on marriage equality led by Evan Wolfson. The center provides research, messaging, communications, and political consultations to organizations throughout the country working for marriage equality at the national, state, and local levels. The Astraea Foundation is the sponsor.

$50,000 to GROUNDSPARK, San Francisco, Ca., for the development of a shorter educational version(s) of the film Straightlaced, and the curriculum guide for use by teachers. Straightlaced addresses the effects of the pressure to conform to gender norms and explores the reality of teens from diverse backgrounds who self-identify as straight, LGBT, or questioning. This is the final film in the educational series Respect for All.

$35,000 to KELLY + YAMAMOTO PRODUCTIONS, Greenbrae, Ca., for completion of a documentary film chronicling the development and production of an original play on child sexual abuse by a teen theater company. The play, Remember Me Like This, is based on the life experiences of a participant in the theater company. The Center for Independent Documentary is the sponsor.

$40,000 to MAPLIGHT.ORG, Berkeley, Ca., to track and publicize private donations to legislators in California and Los Angeles and the subsequent votes by these elected officials on issues of interest to the donors.

$75,000 to the PIPER FUND, Amherst, Mass., a donor collaborative to raise and re-grant funds on a state-by-state basis to organizations advocating public finance of campaigns at the state and local level. The Proteus Fund is the sponsor.

$80,000 to PUBLIC CAMPAIGN, Washington, D.C., for general support of its work with Common Cause to give voice and coordination to activists and organizations around the country seeking a public-funding alternative to the system of privately financed elections.

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Food and Farming

Grants awarded June 1, 2009, through May 31, 2010



$30,000 to the AGRICULTURE AND LAND_BASED TRAINING ASSOCIATION (ALBA), Salinas, Ca., to advance economic viability, social equity and ecological land management among limited-resource and aspiring farmers. ALBA works to create opportunities for family farms while providing education and demonstration on conservation, habitat restoration, marketing, and whole-farm planning.

$25,000 to the BRENTWOOD AGRICULTURAL LAND TRUST, Oakland, Ca., to (1) continue BALT's regional marketing and local food-systems programs, (2) support BALT's administrative and operating expenses, and (3) build development capacity. BALT works with farmers and the community to preserve the valuable agricultural resources of Contra Costa County, so that the region?s farms are economically viable and the Bay Area will continue to have a source of local food.

$30,000 to the CALIFORNIA AGRICULTURAL WATER STEWARDSHIP INITIATIVE (CAWSI), Sebastopol, Ca., a coalition working to promote approaches to agricultural water management that support the viability of agriculture, conserve water, and protect ecological integrity in California. CAWSI is working to leverage the opportunities presented by the current water crisis in California to advance these ideas for agricultural sustainability and sound long-term water management. CAWSI includes the Community Alliance with Family Farmers, the Ecological Farming Association, the OAEC WATER Institute, and the Wild Farm Alliance. The Ag Innovations Network is the current sponsor (former sponsor was Polaris Institute).

$50,000 to the CALIFORNIA CLIMATE AND AGRICULTURE NETWORK (CalCAN), Occidental, Ca., to advance policies that recognize and provide financial incentives for sustainable agricultural practices that mitigate and adapt to changing climate. The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center is the sponsor.

$50,000 to CALIFORNIA FARMLINK, Sebastopol, Ca., for capacity-building that will strengthen the organization?s ability to provide a comprehensive set of resources that facilitates land access for a new generation farming sustainably. FarmLink?s action plan includes policy changes to promote innovative easements, working with partner organizations to develop resources that facilitate farmer access to land and capital, and increasing program revenue through partnerships with realtors and conservation groups.

$75,000 to the CENTER FOR FOOD SAFETY, Washington, D.C., for legal, policy, and educational work to halt the further commercialization of genetically engineered crops until their safety and effectiveness for sustainable agriculture can be demonstrated.

$30,000 to the CONSERVATION CORPS NORTH BAY, San Rafael, Ca., to launch the Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden, a 5.8-acre certified organic demonstration farm and garden located at the College of Marin Indian Valley campus, which is the site for new community college courses, and degree and certification programs, to develop the next generation of agricultural/horticulture professionals. Founded in 1982, Conservation Corps North Bay works to harness the energy of youth to preserve and protect the environment.

$50,000 to the CONSERVATION CORPS NORTH BAY, San Rafael, Ca., for the development and operation of the Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden, a 5.8-acre certified-organic demonstration farm and garden located at College of Marin's Indian Valley campus, which works to: (1) create the next generation of agriculture/horticulture professionals; (2) foster countywide agricultural literacy and environmental sustainability; (3) ensure the future of Marin's small family farms; (4) increase access to affordable organic produce in low-income communities; and (5) foster collaboration between organizations and people working in the fields of sustainable agriculture, food systems, and youth development.

$30,000 to the ECOLOGY CENTER, Berkeley, Ca., for the Food and Farming Program to work directly with low-income residents, regional farmers, and lawmakers to create an integrated food system that is healthy, equitable, and sustainable from seed to table. The Ecology Center was founded in 1969 as one of the first action-oriented environmental organizations in the country to promote environmentally and socially responsible practices through programs that educate, demonstrate, and provide direct services.

$25,000 to GRIST MAGAZINE, Seattle, Wash., for a written and multimedia series managed by food editor Tom Philpott, to explore the role of California in national food production, as well as alternative ways to a sustainable food-and-farming system.

$50,000 to the INSTITUTE FOR FISHERIES RESOURCES (IFR), San Francisco, Ca., for The Klamath Basin Project, to implement the Final Klamath Settlement Agreement to secure the necessary water reforms and a positive decision by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior by March 31, 2012 (the date required in the agreement), for federal takeover of the project, culminating by 2020 in the removal of four dams.

$25,000 to the ORGANIC FARMING RESEARCH FOUNDATION (OFRF), Santa Cruz, Ca., for the Multifunctionality Project, to advance the concept of the multifunctionality of organic farming, the multiple public-interest benefits that organic farming systems can deliver beyond food-and fiber-production. OFRF will produce a report that is based on a comprehensive review of U.S. and Canadian scientific literature for studies on the environmental and social impacts of organic agriculture, including economic impacts on farms and society as a whole, and a review of the extensive European body of work in this area. OFRF will also evaluate applicability of these studies to U.S. agriculture.

$30,000 to PEOPLE'S GROCERY, Oakland, Ca., for planning, capacity-building, and expansion activities to implement the first phase of the West Oakland Food Enterprise Network, an integrated network of farms, food enterprises, and training programs that will increase the social and economic impact of People's Grocery in the community of West Oakland by scaling up from small-scale food projects to mid-scale businesses in production, distribution, and retail. Founded in 2002, People's Grocery is a community-based organization in West Oakland that develops creative solutions to its community's health problems that stem from a lack of access to and knowledge about healthful, fresh foods.

$30,000 to the POLARIS INSTITUTE U.S.A., Occidental, Ca., for ongoing work by the California Agricultural Water Stewardship Initiative (CAWSI), a collaborative project involving key sustainable-agriculture organizations (including Polaris, the Community Alliance with Family Farmers, the Ecological Farming Association, the California Institute for Rural Studies, and the Occidental Art and Ecology Center Water Institute) to expand the policy dialogue about water conservation in California to include agricultural water-stewardship practices and to bring more funding and technical support to growers who adopt sustainable water-stewardship practices. The Polaris Institute was launched in 1997 in Canada to enable citizen movements to advocate for democratic social change in an age of corporate-driven globalization.

$10,000 to TEDDY BEAR FILMS, San Francisco, Ca., for Seeds, a feature documentary film by Micha Peled, which explores the connection between genetically modified (GM) seeds and the crisis of farmers in developing countries, particularly in India where there is an epidemic of farmer suicides.

$30,000 to the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES, Woodland, Ca., for the Yolo County Cooperative Extension to create an Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Program to serve Yolo County and the surrounding agricultural and consuming community, and to promote a large-scale transition to organic and sustainable farming. The Regents of the University of California is the sponsor.

$30,000 to the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SONOMA COUNTY, Davis, Ca., for support of a Local Food System Organic and Sustainable Coordinator who will (1) assist organic and sustainable growers and those wishing to make the transition to sustainable or organic practices, and (2) connect food sources with consumers and increase the availability of these desired foods. The Regents of the University of California is the sponsor.

$20,000 to the WILD FARM ALLIANCE (WFA), Watsonville, Ca., for Co-Managing Food Safety and Biodiversity Conservation on Organic Farms, to address practices and issues that affect the compatibility of food-safety regulations and biodiversity conservation on organic farms. WFA will develop an educational project that uses publications, presentations, and networking to assist the organic community in complying with various food-safety requirements, many of which are causing confusion, decreased soil conservation, and unwarranted habitat destruction. This project will ultimately help organic farmers meet the National Organic Program rule to conserve biodiversity.

$30,000 to the XERCES SOCIETY, Portland, Ore., for Pollinator Conservation in California Agricultural Landscapes, a project working to (1) expand areas of natural habitat that support native bees that pollinate crops, (2) help growers reduce the negative impact of their management practices on pollinators, and (3) increase growers? security by increasing on-farm pollinators. The Xerces Society is an international nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats by harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs.

$50,000 to the XERCES SOCIETY, Portland, Ore., for Restoring Biodiversity in California's Agricultural Landscapes, to develop and deliver tools to farmers so they can protect and restore pollinator habitat and curb pesticide use. Support will be matched one-to-one through Conservation Innovation Grants awarded by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.


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Other

Grants awarded June 1, 2009, through May 31, 2010

 

U.K. Grants:

 

$100,000 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. $35,000 to the ARCOLA THEATRE, London, for the commissioning and development of The Mare Rider, a new play by the theatre?s co-founder and executive producer, Leyla Nazli. The Mare Rider is inspired by a myth originally from Mesopotamia, to be transposed to the heart of contemporary London. Since 2000, Arcola Theatre has grown from a disused warehouse to a theatre with three performances spaces, rehearsal facilities, a cafe/bar, a community program, and aspirations to become the first ever carbon-neutral performance-arts space.
  2. $10,000 to the CAMDEN ARTS CENTRE, London, for Studioworks, a solo presentation of the studio work of German-born American artist Eva Hesse. Camden Arts Centre is a visual arts space in Camden, North London, which is dedicated to engaging with the work and ideas of artists of the highest caliber from across the international arts scene.
  3. $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.
  4. $1,500 to KIDS COMPANY, an organization that provides practical, emotional, and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children and young people.
  5. $15,000 to NORFOLK CONCERTS, Norwich, for the 2010 concert series, educational program, a piano, and other administrative costs. The concert series consists of five performances and the recording of two of the performances. Eleven state and private schools will be asked to participate this year in the workshops/educational programs, which will take place at Hetherssett Old Hall School. Other costs include transport of a new grand piano; facilities that cater to the disabled for the concerts; and travel costs for Anges Langer and the chamber orchestra from Mainz, Germany.
  6. $33,000 to THE PLACE, London, for The Place for the Future, a new commissioning and artist-development project that will enable gifted choreographers to develop their professional careers. The mission of The Place is to transform and enrich lives through dance by a commitment to excellence, innovation, and diversity.
  7. $25,000 to the SOUTHBANK CENTRE, London, for The Bernstein Project, a multi-disciplinary participatory program involving performers from the community in the chorus and orchestra that will culminate in a major performance of ?Mass,? a musical theater work by Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) in July 2010 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.
  8. $5,000 to SUMMER FIELDS SCHOOL, Oxford, for general support of Summer Fields School, a preparatory school for boys aged 7 to 13.
  9. $35,000 to WIGMORE HALL, London, for Foundations for our Future: The Lease, a capital campaign for the purchase of the long-term lease of the Wigmore Hall building. Wigmore Hall is a leading venue for chamber music and song in performance with programs that work to inspire performers at all stages of their careers, and build new audiences for chamber music, song, and jazz.

 

Philanthropy and non-profit sector:

 

$7,500 to the COUNCIL ON FOUNDATIONS (COF), Arlington, Va., for 2010 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.

$1,000 to the ENVIRONMENTAL GRANTMAKERS ASSOCIATION (EGA), New York, N.Y., for 2009 membership. EGA helps member organizations become more effective environmental grantmakers through information sharing, collaboration, and networking.

$1,000 to the ENVIRONMENTAL GRANTMAKERS ASSOCIATION (EGA), New York, N.Y., for 2010 membership.

$1,500 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.

$2,650 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., for membership support to promote philanthropic values, vision, and excellence across generations of donors and donor families with a focus on integrating next-generation family members.

$5,500 to NORTHERN CALIFORNIA GRANTMAKERS (NCG), San Francisco, Ca., for 2010 membership. NCG is a regional association of foundations, corporate contributions programs, and other public and private grantmakers working to enhance the effectiveness of philanthropy.

$2,500 to the 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.

 

Foundation initiated:

 

$32,000 to the AMERICAN FUND OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for general operating support of the Royal Opera House in London.

$35,000 to the E.F. SCHUMACHER SOCIETY, Great Barrington, Mass., for the New Economics Institute (NEI), a joint project of the E. F. Schumacher Society (which is transitioning to become the NEI) and the New Economic Foundation (nef) of London. Working with nef and existing U.S. organizations, NEI aims to join critical but isolated strands of knowledge to integrate sustainability principles into the economics mainstream in the U.S., and to promote the transition from our current economic system to one that is sustainable.

$15,000 for the NEW ECONOMY NETWORK (NEN), New York, N.Y., an Internet-based organizing platform designed to link and support all those who are working at the intersection of social justice and sustainability. The Network will increase collaboration, coordinate strategies, develop new solutions, and build political will to advance policies and programs for a new economy that sustains people and the planet. The Network is seeking the most effective organizations and leaders, from grassroots to national, working for social justice, economic reform, civic engagement, corporate accountability, and environmental protection. The goal is to link and support organizations in order to build a strong, effective, and inclusive movement for a new sustaining economy. Demos, A Network for Ideas and Action LTD, is the sponsoring organization.

$50,000 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.

 

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.

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

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.

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.

CALIFORNIA CLIMATE AND AGRICULTURE NETWORK (CalCAN), Occidental, Ca., to advance policies that recognize and provide financial incentives for sustainable agricultural practices that mitigate and adapt to changing climate. The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center is the sponsor.

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.

COMMON COUNSEL FOUNDATION, Oakland, Ca., for the Mesa Refuge, a writers' retreat located in Point Reyes supporting writers writing about nature, economics, and social equity. Founded in 1988, Common Counsel Foundation partners with families and individual donors to expand philanthropic resources for progressive social movements.

DAVIS MEDIA ACCESS, Davis, Ca., a community media center serving Davis and surrounding areas, which aims to enrich and strengthen the community by providing alternatives to commercial media for local voices, opinions and creative endeavors.

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.

GIRLS TO WOMEN, East Palo Alto, Ca., a youth-development organization serving East Palo Alto's elementary and early middle school-age girls and their families.

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.

KAHEA, Honolulu, HI, for work challenging genetically engineered food and seed production in Hawaii.

LYRIC PRODUCTIONS, San Francisco, Ca., for performance-space rental for the 2010 season of Spare Stage, a theatre company that aims to produce plays with a dynamic balance between actor, director, and playwright.

MARIN ORGANIC, Pt. Reyes Station, Ca., for local seed-saving work and seed exchanges at farmers markets. Marin Organic is an association of Marin County organic producers whose livelihood is based on a respect for nature and a sense of place.

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, New York, N.Y., for programs and services of the museum to 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.

NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS COUNCIL (NPC), San Francisco, Ca., for a contribution to honor Isabel Wade, founder of NPC. NPC was founded in 1996 to advocate for a superior, equitable, and sustainable park and recreation system.

THE OAKLAND INSTITUTE, Oakland, Ca., 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.

ORGANIC CONSUMERS ASSOCIATION, Finland, Minn., to promote food safety, organic farming, and sustainable-agriculture practices by providing consumers with factual information they can use to make informed food choices.

ORGANIC SEED ALLIANCE, Port Townsend, Wash., a public nonprofit working through research, education, and advocacy to support the ethical development and stewardship of seeds.

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

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.

SIERRA CLUB FOUNDATION, San Francisco, Ca., 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.

STONE SOUP FRESNO, Fresno, Ca.,for the Ethnic Food and Farming Writers Project, a new project that assists food and agricultural writers from communities of color in California with professional development. Stone Soup's primary mission is to support the health, education, culture, and civic engagement of Southeast Asian refugee families in Fresno.

STONE SOUP FRESNO, Fresno, Ca.,for the Ethnic Food and Farming Writers Project.

UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS, Cambridge, Mass., for the Food and Environment Program. The Union of Concerned Scientists work to achieve practical environmental solutions through rigorous scientific analysis, innovative policy development, and effective citizen advocacy.

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.

WOMEN'S EARTH ALLIANCE, Berkeley, Ca., to implement solutions to issues of climate, water, food, and land by connecting grassroots women environmental leaders to urgently-needed resources, training, and advocacy.

YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS, San Francisco, Ca., to present contemporary art from the Bay Area and around the world.


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