STIMULUS 101: A Presentation for Grantees

Select grantees of the Kapor, Rosenberg, and Tides Foundations (targeted based on scope of work) are invited to Stimulus 101: Nonprofit Opportunities, an informational presentation on the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act led by Radhika Fox and Ruben Lizardo of PolicyLink. We hope that you will leave the meeting with a greater of understanding of the various components of the …

The Economic Stimulus in Communities of Color: Impacts and Opportunities

The economic crisis has reached a pivotal moment. Not only are major financial institutions and insurance companies having to face the consequences of predatory lending and fiscal mismanagement, everyday people are losing their jobs, homes, and community resources. As the federal government’s disbursement of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act begins to land into empty state government coffers, and cities …

The Nonprofit Sector: Diversification of the Field

This week, Cedric forwarded me a recent CompassPoint article entitled “What about the Next Generation of Leaders of Color? Advancing Multicultural Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector.”  The leadership vacuum in the nonprofit sector with particular emphasis on the lack of future leaders of color has been a hot topic for the last few years. Some statistics cited in the article …

Moving Images

The Foundation staff were lucky enough to be the special guests of NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous at last week’s 2009 NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles. What an amazing ceremony at an amazing time! The program took place on the 100th anniversary of the NAACP’s establishment by WEB DuBois and Ida B. Wells, among distinguished others.  Al Gore received …

Mayor Ronald V. Dellums’ Model City Summit on Women

On February 17th, 2009, Tiffany and I had the pleasure of participating in Mayor Ronald V. Dellums’ Model City Summit on Women, where amazing women (and a few men) from throughout the Bay Area came together to talk about how to develop a healthy, strong, and sustainable community. At the Summit, the mayor and his wife gave Women of Greatness …

The Inauguration… Got to be there

I used to watch old black and white footage of the March on Washington and wonder what it must have been like to be alive and present at such an historic event. I never laid eyes on Martin Luther King Jr. so it’s hard for me to see the face of thirty-four year old when I watch that old footage. …

What Worked

I’m still thrilled about the convening that we just hosted this past Monday and Tuesday, WHAT WORKS: A Post-Elections Report Back. We gathered representatives from each of our Project 2008/VoICE grantee organizations together for two days here in San Francisco to hear strategies that worked to increase voter participation and protect the integrity of the electoral process. Through this gathering …

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. …

Building Alliances Step by Step

Juliet Ellis of Urban Habitat invited me to attend the recent National Black & Latino Summit, held in Los Angeles earlier this week. The Summit, sponsored by PolicyLink and the William Velazquez Institute, was the initial gathering to set an agenda for building alliances between African American and Latino/Hispanic communities, capitalizing on the perhaps unprecedented levels of excitement and mobilization …