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Our Awards

The Heising-Simons Action Fund, established in 2020, is funded by the Heising-Simons family and is governed by a four-person Board. Awards by the Action Fund include:

— 2020 —

Community and Opportunity

  • Tides Advocacy, for the Fight Back Table Action Fund — $700,000
  • Sixteen Thirty Fund for the Civic Action Fund — $450,000
  • Silicon Valley Rising Action for General Support — $50,000

Climate and Clean Energy

  • Sixteen Thirty Fund for the Climate Equity Action Fund — $500,000
  • Partnership Project Action Fund for General Support — $125,000
  • Advanced Energy Works for General Support — $100,000
  • League of Conservation Voters, Inc. for General Support $100,000
  • Energy Action Fund for General Support — $200,000
  • Environmental Defense Action Fund for General Support — $500,000
  • NRDC Action Fund for General Support — $500,000

Education

  • Children Now Action Fund for Planning Phase to Develop a Pro-kid Legislative Scoreboard in California — $25,000
  • National Women’s Law Center Action Fund for General Support — $200,000
  • United for San Joaquin Kid & Community — Yes on Measure X for General Support — $50,000
  • Million Voter Project Action Fund for Voter Engagement in California — $200,000
  • Support our Public Schools for General Support — $50,000
  • Center for American Progress Action Fund for General Support — $800,000
  • Center for Community Change Action for General Support — $500,000
  • Impact Fellow for General Support — $250,000
  • PLUS Action Fund for General Support — $100,000
  • Children’s Funding Accelerator, Inc. for General Support — $250,000

Human Rights

  • Tides Advocacy for Smart Justice California — $25,000
  • Tides Advocacy for La Defensa — $100,000
  • Drug Policy Action for Oregon Ballot Measure 110 Work — $150,000
  • No on Prop 25 — Committee Against Pretrial Racism for General Support — $100,000
  • Re-imagine LA, A Coalition of Nonprofits Orgs and Justice Advocates for General Support — $200,000
  • Poder NC Action for General Support — $100,000
  • Free the Vote CA, Yes on Prop 17, Sponsored by Civil and Voting Rights Organizations for Free the Vote CA, Yes on Prop 17 — $100,000
  • New Georgia Project Action Fund, Inc. for General Support — $200,000
  • Carolina Federation for General Support — $100,000
  • Texas Freedom Network for General Support — $100,000
  • Black Voters Matter Fund for General Support — $200,000
  • Move Texas Action Fund for General Support — $100,000
  • Asian American Advocacy Fund, Inc. for General Support — $100,000
  • ColorOfChange.org for General Support — $200,000
  • Forward Justice Action Network for General Support — $100,000
  • Workers Defense Action Fund for General Support — $100,000
  • Californians Against the Prison Spending Scam for Defeating the Cooper Prison Measure (Cooper Initiative) — $375,000