The Heising-Simons Action Fund focuses on the following areas:

Climate and Clean Energy

The Climate and Clean Energy program seeks to protect people from the worst impacts of climate change by supporting organizations that help advance policies to spur large-scale progress curbing pollution, and to ensure that a low-carbon future is a prosperous one for the most vulnerable communities.


The Education program focuses on substantially increasing public financing of the early childhood education field at the federal, state, and local levels, with a special emphasis on California.

Human Rights

The Human Rights program focuses on building the long-term power of communities of color most impacted by mass criminalization, in both the criminal legal and the immigration systems, so that they have increased collective power to change the structures that impact their lives.

Technology and Society/ CEO Fund

The Technology and Society/ CEO Fund addresses the impact of technology on society—harnessing its promise and mitigating its risks. It aims to build a more just and inclusive society—one where those most affected by harms and inequities not only benefit from such advancements, but where their perspectives and needs are centered in the design and deployment of emerging technologies.