CA Redistricting Commission – the New Lottery!

Yesterday I heard a terrific briefing at the Haas Jr. Foundation (Thanks Cathy and Ted!) on the California redistricting process, which stands to be a great experiment in participatory democracy or  a hugely controversial process stunted by our national polarity. Or maybe some of both. The San Francisco Chronicle recently ran a front-page article describing the process and the need …

2010 Program Updates

You may have noticed (or maybe not) a few new changes and updates on our website, such as the goodies on the Assistance & Advising page and the simplified grant application (in Cybergrants). We also have important news to share about a shift in focusing on key partner organizations whose work is most closely aligned with our own. Please read …

Change Does Come

Happy New Year everybody! Like many others, I’m glad to see the dawn of a new decade. There are many things that I thought I’d never see happen, or that I’d be quite elderly before they did. Aside from the obvious and much-talked about one, I also never envisioned gay marriage being legal (although in precious few places, but still…). …

On the Road, End of the Year

Just returned from a full week on the East Coast, where I experienced weather-related lows and highs (24F in Washington and 86F in Miami) and attended two mightily impactful meetings. The Funders Committee for Civic Participation winter convening was chock full o’ learning and strategizing opportunities. Yours truly had the honor and pleasure of not only attending my first meeting …

Jobs, jobs, jobs

Over the past week, a few job announcements have come into my mailbox. Thought I’d compile distribute them. Please send broadly to those who might be qualified. I’m especially interested in promoting the ED position at our sister organization, Level Playing Field Institute. Let’s find some great people for these organizations and efforts! Level Playing Field Institute: Executive Director;  Education …

Our People in the News: On Corporations

Just last week I had the opportunity to meet Bob Edgar, former U.S. congressman and current president of Common Cause. He stopped by for a visit while in town with Nick Nyhart, president of our grant partner organization, Public Campaign. They were on a West Coast tour of sorts, updating activists and funders on their collaboration work. So I was …

Diversity and Representation, For Real

I feel quite fortunate to have role models and other professional peers whom I admire in the broader philanthropic and civic engagement movements. Thomasina Williams is one of these people. She’s the Program Officer for Democracy, Rights and Justice Program at the Ford Foundation and has a rich herstory as a civil rights attorney and legal advocate for social justice. …

Census Outreach Grant Opportunity!

Last year the push was for voter education and registration; this year we’re focusing on ensuring that people know about Census 2010! The Census is a critically important occurrence – its data is used to reapportion Congressional seats and to distribute over $400 billion in federal funds, among other things. In order to help spread the word to historically hard-to-count …

What Have We Done?

I went to bed last night and did that thing you’re never supposed to do in order to get a good night’s sleep: opened my laptop, went to the New York Times, and started poking around. About half way down the page was the news of Van Jones’ resignation from the Obama Administration as the Special Adviser for Green Jobs. …

On the Streets: Not-to-Miss Events!

Looking for some food justice? How about a good fight for the planet? Or maybe seeking out a venue to hear your favorite activist or poet give a 20 minute talk? If your answer is yes to any of these, here go 3 places you should be at at in the next couple of months Eat Real Food Festival August …

Kapor on the Run

The month of May wore me OUT! So much going on – can I capture it in 300 words or less? Here goes! On Tuesday the 19th, I headed to Denver for the FCCP spring convening, Shifting Landscapes: Exploring Civic Engagement Strategies, Partnerships and New Possibilities. These gatherings are always informative with interesting people, and this was no exception. I …

Hip Hop on the Hill

To my great delight I stumbled on this article featuring one of our grantees, Hip Hop Caucus Institute, which was one of the headliners on the Yahoo! news page. They’re holdin’ it down! Check it out! http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20090519/pl_politico/22684