As we dive into plans for 2009, which will be described on this blog later this week, I want to belatedly summarize a few of the Foundation’s high points from last year (in lieu of an annual report, LOL). In 2008, Mitchell Kapor Foundation made $1.8 million in targeted grants – 20 Green Access, 22 Project 2008 (re-named Voting Integrity and Civic Engagement), and 11 through the Black Boys College Bound Initiative. We made $425,000 in special opportunity grants and another $2.25 million to core grantees (Level Playing Field Institute and Electronic Frontier Foundation). We launched the Black Boys College Bound Initiative last January (has it been a year already??) and co-sponsored several major events: a statewide Green Collar Jobs Summit, a reception for NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, and an elections call center for 1-800-OUR-VOTE. We presented to colleagues at the Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production and Consumption, Grantmakers in Education, Association of Black Foundation Executives, and the Foundation Center. We made two made two terrific staff hires (Grantee Advocate and new Grants Officer), launched a new online grant application and database, redesigned the website, and started this blog. And those are just the highlights!
We sincerely appreciate the cooperation and support of our many community and professional partners who make our work possible. I anticipate that we will have an equally busy and fulfilling year in 2009, as we turn our attention to convening and movement building in addition to grantmaking. Keep checking back for updates. Happy New Year!