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 …

Weighing in on ACORN

Okay, I should’ve known this was coming when community organizers were maligned at the RNC convention.  I write this post with a nonpartisan spirit, knowing that increased voter registration and participation benefits and strengthens our democracy, as do efforts to root out voter suppression. But it angers and sickens me that a well-established and well-respected group like ACORN can be …

Leveling the Playing Field

Last Friday, October 17th, I attended the Level Playing Field Institute‘s (LPFI) Annual Fairness Matters Gala event, which honored Dr. Tyrone Hayes and Justice Matters Institute for their work in creating opportunities for students of color within California. A core grantee of the Mitchell Kapor Foundation, LPFI was founded in 2001 by Dr. Freada Kapor Klein and “promotes innovative approaches …

Mainstreaming Green

The notion of a green economy is one of the hottest topics today. There have long been crusaders for humans to live more sustainably with Mother Earth—from Native cultures to Al Gore’s recent book & film, An Inconvenient Truth. But, there has been a notable shift in the movement towards ‘mainstreaming green’ such that things like sustainable buildings and composting …

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 …

Holding Steady

Someone asked me how the current economic crisis is impacting the Foundation. Great question! We’re very fortunate to have brilliant, social justice-oriented investment officers and money managers looking out for our best interests. They’ve devised a strategy that should enable our investment portfolio to weather this terrible storm pretty well (see an edited version of Mitch’s recent slideshow presentation to …

Green Collar Jobs in California: Philanthropy’s Role

Following up on the August 7th summit, Green Collar Jobs: Green Economy and Workforce Development – A Learning Agenda, that the Mitchell Kapor Foundation helped sponsor in Sacramento, local philanthropists came together on September 30th to recap the event, learn findings from months of research, and share strategies to continue advancing California’s green economy. Paloma Pavel and Carl Anthony from …

Rocking the vote!

This year, more than ever, underrepresented people of color have come out in record numbers to get involved in the national political process. The Mitchell Kapor Foundation is thrilled to be able to support the efforts of organizations that have done much in the way of amplifying that involvement and in helping to make sure that all our votes are …