Celebrating Black Philanthropy

Last Thursday, Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy (BABIP) hosted a gala to celebrate black philanthropy and held a conference called “State of the Race:  Investing in the Black Community”. Emmett Carson, the CEO and President of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, described the gala as a “simply phenomenal” event to celebrate Black philanthropists who are “making it happen in our …

$20,000 for Research on Hidden Biases

Some of you may have already heard that the Kapor Foundation is co-sponsoring an exciting new opportunity to gather research about how hidden biases impact our lives and behavior, particularly around perceptions of fairness and access. Along with our sibling organization, the Level Playing Field Institute, The Hidden Bias Research Prize will be awarded to two scholars who have conducted …

Scholarship Grant Opportunity with College Access Foundation of California

The College Access Foundation of California provides grants to community-based programs to award college scholarships to the students they serve.  They have a grant deadline approaching on October 18, 2010 at 5 p.m., so I wanted to get the word out to interested readers.  Please note that the College Access Foundation of California does NOT provide scholarships to individuals.  Grants …

Four Suggestions for Social Justice Funders, #4

On a panel at the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy pre-Council on Foundations Conference in April, I presented four suggestions for social justice funders to consider.  Previously, I wrote about the first three of these, Find a Political Home, Build the Vehicles to Move us Forward and Develop your Skills as an Organizer. Below, I share the fourth of four suggestions. 4) Choose to be …

Four Suggestions for Social Justice Funders, #3

On a panel at the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy pre-Council on Foundations Conference in April, I presented four suggestions for social justice funders to consider.  Previously, I wrote about the first two of these, Find a Political Home and Build the Vehicles to Move us Forward.  Below, I share the third of four suggestions. 3) Develop your Skills as an Organizer …

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

Last week, Justin, Carmen, and I had the unique opportunity to attend Ernst & Young’s Northern California Entrepreneur of the Year Award ceremony in San Jose.  We were guests of the founder and CEO of Universal Giving, Pamela Hawley, who was one of the finalists for this prestigious award.  Pamela was recognized for her social entrepreneurship in creating an organization …

Four Suggestions for Social Justice Funders, #2

On a panel at the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy pre-Council on Foundations Conference in April, I presented four suggestions for social justice funders to consider.  Last month, I wrote about the first of these, Find a Political Home.  Below, I share the second of four suggestions. 2.  Build the Vehicles to Move us Forward The story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott …

Four Suggestions for Social Justice Funders

On a panel last month at the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy pre-Council on Foundations Conference, I presented  four suggestions for social justice funders to consider.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll write on each of these four and hope you’ll share your own thoughts with us. Of the many approaches to social change, I turn most towards movement-building strategies.  As …

San Francisco Bay Area Capacity Builders of Color Directory

The San Francisco Foundation, in collaboration with National Community Development Institute, has launched a new directory of San Francisco Bay Area capacity builders of color.  This database includes all kinds of consultants and technical assistance providers of color, many of whom specialize in working in low-income communities and communities of color.  The directory was created to help community-based organizations, nonprofits, …

CiviCRM Boosts NGO Power!

Last week we had the fortune to host the CiviCon, the first gathering of open source programmers working on CiviCRM, the free relationship management software. CiviCRM provides online fundraising and donor management, event registration, membership management, email blasts, newsletters, and report generation. All for free! Check out this hella cool message that Mitch recorded (and our colleagues at Kapor Creative …

Welcome Mario Lugay to our staff!

I’m excited to welcome Mario Lugay to the Kapor Foundation as the Associate Program Officer. In this role, Mario will be responsible for the Foundation’s national VoICE grantmaking and movement-building work. Mario will also work with Carmen on our electoral empowerment efforts in California communities of color. Mario has an extensive background in civic engagement and community organizing. He and …

Cedric Brown Receives National Leadership Award

It is with enormous respect, gratitude and pride that we announce that our very own, inimitable Cedric Brown has been selected to receive a national honor.  He has been chosen by the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) as the 2010 recipient of the Emerging Leader in Philanthropy Award. Cedric is being celebrated as an outstanding individual whose innovative leadership …