Representin’

This past Tuesday we co-hosted a reception here in our offices for the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative, a project of Redefining Progress. Members of the EJCC Steering Committee from locations across the country came to the Bay Area for a two-day update and strategy session; the reception provided an opportunity for local funders and guests to meet steering …

Get It on Video

Yesterday at lunch we were lucky to host Ian Inaba and the team from Video the Vote, one of our new grantees through Citizen Engagement Lab. I first became acquainted with Ian’s work back in 2006 when we sponsored an in-house screening of his documentary American Blackout, which chronicled the highly-suspect 2004 elections irregularities in Ohio. It’s very very powerful …

MKF Goes to Sacramento

Back in August, the Mitchell Kapor Foundation co-sponsored Green Collar Jobs: Green Economy and Workforce Development – A Learning Agenda. This summit in the state capital provided a forum for various sectors to share the progress they’ve made in preparing for and advancing the state’s green economy. Over 80 people attended, from Speaker Emeritus Fabian Nunez, to Labor and Workforce …

Race, Age and Gender in the Workplace

Level Playing Field Institute’s Race, Age and Gender in the Workplace Survey shows that conversations about race, age and gender increased since the historic 2008 presidential primaries irrespective of whether they are discouraged by company policy. Read about the impact of these conversations on workplace relations and what actions survey participants and LPFI recommends to employers in order to improve …

Showcasing Progress

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend an event sponsored by one of our BBCBI grantees, Reality Mentor, Inc.  With a theme of “We Believe in You,” the organization celebrated its Black Boys College Bound Mentoring Program that provides black teenage boys with mentoring, youth leadership development, and college readiness activities to help them succeed in high school …

Celebrating Historic Leadership

Benjamin Jealous is preparing to take the helm of the NAACP as the youngest President in the organization’s 100+ year history. The Foundation, together with Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy and Northern California Grantmakers, hosted a fantastic reception at the Museum of the African Diaspora to share well wishes and good luck to our Bay Area colleague. Photos by Aled …

Being Green

Three years ago, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the accompanying chasms it exposed impelled me to think about how I might be able to work harder and and more broadly for justice. The following year, I was fortunate to meet former Vice President (and future Nobel Laureate) Al Gore, who presented his Inconvenient Truth in our offices (he’s buddies …

A Word from Denver

Here we are in Denver at the Democratic National Convention, where there is so much going on it’s impossible to experience even a very small fraction of it! Being here makes us even prouder of the Foundation’s staff and the work of its grantees. It’s clear that we have not only identified cutting edge issues to focus on – the …

Introducing…

Hello, Everyone!  I am Tiffany Price, the new Grantee Advocate for the Mitchell Kapor Foundation.  I’m so excited to be starting on a new and exciting adventure to amplify and reinforce our commitment to serving low-income communities and communities of color.  Because we want to work more closely with our grantee organizations in new and strategic ways and also seek …

Trying something new

Greetings, community. Welcome to our new blog. Our intention isn’t to get us on the blogging bandwagon (which I think started six years ago), but to use this as a tool to share our grantmaking philosophy, practices, and processes. Two of the Foundation’s core values are openness and transparency, and we hope that this blog will allow us to further …

Corporate Leavers Survey

This rigorous study, the first large scale review of this issue, shows that unfairness costs U.S. employers $64 billion on an annual basis –a price tag nearly equivalent to the 2006 combined revenues of Google, Goldman Sachs, Starbucks and Amazon or the gross domestic product of the 55th wealthiest country in the world. This estimate represents the cost of losing …