The Real Value of Job Training

Not only do job training programs help the unemployed find work, those aligned with high-growth sectors lift people and families out of poverty; they help connect people to living wage jobs and stable career paths. That’s access and opportunity. That’s economic security.

Responding Effectively to Disaster

On April 25, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastated the country of Nepal. More than 4,600 people lost their lives, thousands more were injured, and much of the nation remains at risk from disease, a lack of basic supplies, and from tremendous psychological trauma. As we’ve seen with other disasters elsewhere in the world, the governmental infrastructures

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W&EHF Grant Supports New San Francisco Office of Strategic Partnerships

Pam David appears in the City of San Francisco’s latest press release announcing Mayor Lee’s appointment of Colin Lacon as Director of Strategic Partnerships. With increasing and diverse demands for government services, traditional governmental models are challenged to address the complicated and interrelated issues facing municipalities in the 21st Century, and public-private partnerships allow governments to

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New Grants in July

The Fund’s Board of Trustees met in July and approved $1.23M in grants to 20 organizations. With these decisions, the Fund’s 2014 support of vital organizations working in the arts, economic security, education and Jewish life comes to nearly $7.1M. Details are here, along with information about all of our grants made or renewed in the past two years or

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JFCS/East Bay Program Featured on PRI The World

Fund grantee Jewish Family & Children’s Services of the East Bay’s LGBT Refugee Services program is featured in Monica Campbell’s stories published this week on Public Radio International’s The World. If you missed it on KQED Radio, you can listen to the audio over at PRI: An Iraqi who served the US military gets a new life, and gender identity, in

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Hope SF’s New Approach to Public Housing Garnering National Attention

The Fund has been an early investor in HOPE SF, the ambitious initiative to rebuild public housing and improve the lives of public housing residents while creating new mixed-income neighborhoods. Pam David, the Fund’s Executive Director, serves on the public/private partnership’s steering committee, and was interviewed for a thoughtful new article in the National Journal,

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Year Up on 60 Minutes

Year Up, a Fund grantee since 2010, was featured on 60 Minutes this past Sunday.  It’s a wonderful news piece that does a great job of explaining how Year Up meets the hiring needs of technology and finance businesses –where a real talent shortage exists at the entry level– while giving very disadvantaged young adults the

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CWAE’s Quiet Time Program in the News

In 2007, a school meditation initiative was quietly launched in the San Francisco Unified School District.  The district knew that it would be controversial but they needed to find a way to address student stress and trauma when broadly accepted approaches were not effective or scalable enough to transform schools. The Center for Wellness and

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