The Libra Foundation

2015 Spring Board Directed Grants

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
$15,000 New York, NY
For general support to advance LGBTQIA human rights in the United States and around the globe.

Blue Bear School of Music

$20,000 San Francisco, CA
For general operating support to provide superior quality and affordable music education to aspiring musicians of all ages and skill levels within a supportive and encouraging community.

California Pacific Medical Center Foundation
$15,000 San Francisco, CA
For general operating support to provide a wide variety of services, including acute, post-acute and outpatient hospital care; home care and hospice services; preventive and complementary care and health education.

Chicago Foundation for Women
$30,000 Chicago, IL
Support for the Leadership Circle Campaign for the organization’s 30th Anniversary

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
$5,000 Chicago, IL
For general operating support to produce vibrant productions that reflect Shakespeare’s genius for storytelling, language and empathy for the human condition.

Community Works West
$10,000 Oakland, CA
For general operating support of CWW’s restorative justice work and the youth organizing program for children of incarcerated parents.

Curry Without Worry
$20,000 San Francisco, CA
For general operating support to provide soul pleasing food to the hungry people of San Francisco in need of a freshly cooked hot meal and also for Curry Without Worry’s relief work in Nepal.

#Cut50 a project of DreamCorps
$20,000 Oakland, CA
For general operating support to reduce the United States’ incarcerated population by 50% over the next 10 years by elevating proven solutions, bringing together diverse grassroots and grasstops partners, and communicating a powerful new narrative to help the movement against mass incarceration.

International Surgical Missions at Parkview Medical Center
$10,000 Pueblo, CO
For general operating support to organize trips to developing countries to provide surgical care to people who would otherwise be untreated.

OurTime.org
$10,000 Washington, DC
For general operating support to increase the voter participation of young Americans.

Pitzer College
$100,000 Claremont, CA
For general operating support to the Pitzer College Annual Fund.

Randall Museum Friends
$10,000 San Francisco, CA
For support to revitalize the museum, a one-of-a-kind interactive community learning center that celebrates the interplay of art, science and function in our natural world.

REACH: A project of the Alameda County Deputy Sherriff’s Activities League
$5,000 San Leandro, CA
For project support for the REACH program, which provides integrated health services, career development services and program to build and express creativity to hundred of Alameda County youth.

Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth
$20,000 Oakland, CA
For general operating support to interrupt cycles of violence and incarceration by promoting a cultural shift from punitive responses to youthful wrongdoing that increase harm to restorative approaches that heal it.

San Francisco General Hospital Foundation
$15,000 San Francisco, CA
For general operating support to promote excellence in research, education and care for all at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.

SavingSpecies
$25,000 Raleigh, NC
For support of a staff person that will help the organization’s mission of conserving biodiversity by using the best available science and technology to identify the most at-risk areas in the world, helping local organizations raise funds to reconnect fragmented forests through strategic land purchases, and protecting and restoring forests that will prevent the most species extinctions.

Shared Interest
$100,000 (4h installment of a 4 year grant) New York, NY
For support to scale operations and achieve self-sustaining economics through expansion of the Guarantee Loss Reserve Fund and establishment of a five-month operating reserve.

Sites Unseen: A project of the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District
$10,000 a year for 2 years San Francisco, CA
For general operating support to program eight alleys within San Francisco’s Yerba Buena neighborhood with public art that celebrates San Francisco and will engage local, national, and international communities.

Tavern Books
$2,500 Portland, OR
For general operating support to print, promote, and preserve works of literary vision, to foster a climate of cultural preservation, and to disseminate books in a way that benefits the reading public.

The World As It Could Be
$15,000 San Leandro, CA
For general support for the Human Rights Education Program.

University of California San Francisco Foundation
$15,000 San Francisco, CA
For general support of areas most critical to fulfilling UCSF’s mission: faculty recruitment and retention, student support, and startup funds for cutting-edge research.

Urban Gateways
$50,000 Chicago, IL
For general operating support to deliver high-quality art programs led by trained and experienced professional artists in music, dance, theater, literary arts, visual arts, and digital media to engage youth in grades pre-K through 12, their teachers, families, and communities.

Women’s Alliance for Knowledge Exchange
$20,000 San Francisco, CA
For support of the Tech2Empower program, which designs and curates customized technology training for women’s organizations that are working on issues such as gender-based violence, anti-trafficking, child marriage, and women’s economic empowerment.

Women’s Media Center
$20,000 Washington, DC
For general support to make women and girls visible and powerful in media though strategic programs that increase the participation representation and inclusion of women in all forms of media and to challenge media sexism, shape public discourse and policies, and provide gender-specific analysis and solutions.
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