The Libra Foundation

2017 Spring Board Directed Grants


8th Amendment Project
$15,000, Charlotte, NC
For general operating support to lead a coordinated national strategy toward abolition of the death penalty.

Alameda County Deputy Sheriff's Activities League
$47,770, San Leandro, CA
To support community building and civic engagement efforts, specifically through mentoring, fitness, and recreation.

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

Blue Bear School of Music

$35,000, San Francisco, CA
For general operating support to provide superior quality and affordable music education to aspiring musicians of all ages and skill levels.

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.

Center for Investigative Reporting
$20,000, Emeryville, CA
For general operating support to empower the public through groundbreaking investigative storytelling that sparks action, improves lives, and protects our democracy.

Center for Media Justice
$20,000, Oakland, CA
For general operating support to build a powerful movement for a more just and participatory media and digital world.

Chicago Foundation for Women
$40,000 General Operating, $10,000 Catalyst Fund, Chicago, IL
For general operating support to engage in advocacy, grantmaking, education and technical assistance programs and for the Catalyst Fund Matching Grant program, which funds women-of-color led reproductive justice organizations.

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.

Civil Rights Corps
$10,000, Chicago, IL
For general operating support to work with individuals affected by mass incarceration and those in power to challenge mass imprisonment and to create a legal system that promotes equality and human freedom.

Curry Without Worry
$10,000, 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 as well as support Curry Without Worry’s relief work in Nepal.

Democracy Now!
$50,000, New York, NY
For general operating support to produce daily, global, independent news programs which focus on lifting up the voices of those on the front lines of the world’s most pressing issues and social movements.

The Emergent Fund
$50,000, San Francisco, CA
For general operating support to provide rapid-response resources to help build the capacity of organizations led by people of color and communities who are on the frontlines of the resistance.

Futuro Media
$10,000, New York, NY
For general operating support to create multimedia content for and about the Latinx community and communities of color in the service of empowering people to navigate the complexities of an increasingly diverse and connected world.

In These Times
$5,000, Chicago, IL
For general operating support to advance democracy and economic justice, inform movements for a more humane world, and provide an accessible forum for debate about the policies that shape our future.

Island Conservation
$15,000, Santa Cruz, CA
For general operating support to prevent extinctions by removing invasive species from islands.

The Marshall Project
$100,000, New York, NY
For general operating support to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system through award-winning journalism, partnerships, and public forums.

Nashulai Maasai Conservancy
$15,000, Dexter, OR
For general operating support to conserve wildlife, preserve culture, and reverse poverty in and around the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.

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

Planned Parenthood Federation of America
$200,000, New York, NY
For project support to engage supporters and young people in defense of reproductive health.

San Francisco Community Radio
$10,000, San Francisco, CA
For general operating support to support the preservation of a local, diverse, non-commercial educational station serving the San Francisco Community.

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
$15,000, Raleigh, NC
For general operating support to employ science in conservation efforts to maximize restoring forest connectivity, increasing species’ chances for survival.

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.

Turtle Conservancy
$20,000, Ojai,CA
For general operating support to protect threatened turtles and tortoises and their habitats worldwide.

University of California San Francisco Foundation
$15,000, San Francisco, CA
For general operating support to advance health worldwide through preeminent biomedical research, graduate education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care.

Urban Gateways
$100,000, Chicago, IL
For general operating support to diversify and increase vital arts education programs for Chicago youth, their 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 operating support to make women and girls visible and powerful in media through 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.

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

Yansa, Inc.
$30,000, Cold Spring, NY
For general operating support to turn renewable energy into a driver for collective economic empowerment, equal opportunities and democratic community governance.

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