Green for All: Adding Voices to the Green Debate

This past week, we were pleasantly surprised to have one of our grantees featured in an article in The New Yorker Magazine. The work of Green for All and of Van Jones is at the cutting edge of the green movement of the 21st century and we are proud to support their endeavors. To read the article click on the …

A Brief Recap

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 …

Back on January 8th

Looking forward to more work and words in 2009. Until then, have a restful and pleasant holiday season. Flickr photo by Thomas Hawk

We’re honored…

Last Saturday, the Mitchell Kapor Foundation received a Community Partner Award from 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, Inc., one of our Black Boys College Bound Initiative (BBCBI) grantees. The award was part of the organization’s Annual Fundraising & Awards Gala celebrating their 20th anniversary, various individuals and organizations that have made a positive impact on their work, and …

Making Philanthropy Work, Together

Community change is built through collaboration, trust, and vision. Foundations are committed to these principles and are actively working together to understand our role in building change. Instead of functioning as individual entities, we are looking to each other as partners in order to better support the efforts of community based organizations. CARMEN: The Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN) …

Keeping an Eye on the Economy

I want to revisit a post that I wrote two months ago, admittedly more optimistic than I am now about the impact of the economic crisis on philanthropy and nonprofits.  As a sector, we’re in for a tough road in 2009; there’s no getting around it. I hear news almost daily of foundations losing assets and tightening up on grantmaking. …

On The Move: From Facing Race to the Green Festival

This past weekend, we attended two excellent gatherings: Applied Research Center’s National Facing Race conference and the 7th annual Green Festival. CARMEN: The Facing Race conference provided an important opportunity for national organizers, activists, elected officials, artists, academics, and everyday community members to sit together and develop strategies in order create a national movement whereof race could be the centerpiece. …

Greening the Bay

Hi Grantees, Community Organizers, Green Activists, and MKF Partners! My name is Carmen Rojas and I am the new Grants Officer at the Mitchell Kapor Foundation. It’s been an exciting couple of days as Tiffany, Cedric, and I develop our work groove and I begin to think about the future of our Green Access work. As many of you know, …

A New Day

We are extremely encouraged about the prospect of an Obama administration in which the target issues of the Mitchell Kapor Foundation — education, environment, and civic engagement — are well-aligned with the winds of change now blowing across the country.  Our lens on these issues — the focus on low income communities of color — also resonates with the inclusive …

The Aftermath

Wow. I’m stunned. Elated. Much has been written already, so there’s little need for me to babble on, but I’m tremendously happy about the new incoming administration. Moreover, I’m deeply proud of our grantee and partner organizations and the various roles that they have played in helping to prompt the massive voter turnout and monitoring of the electoral process. We’ll …

866-OUR-VOTE

Next Monday and Tuesday, the Foundation is sponsoring one of the call center sites for the National Campaign for Fair Elections, organized chiefly by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. Callers can find their polling places and ask other logistical information, as well as report any obstructions or inconsistencies at polling sites. Everyone should have access to the ballot on …