“It seems that almost everyone in the Bay Area has a housing horror story to tell. Anecdotes abound of renters spending months looking for a new place, and the pound of flesh extracted when they do find one. Equally scary are the stories from aspiring, seemingly qualified homeowners who are turned away by banks...”
Poor development and planning decisions don’t just aggravate the region’s housing problem: They contribute to Silicon Valley’s growing empathy gap. In a region built on weak ties and networking, it’s surprisingly difficult to find vibrant public spaces to meet and engage diverse people as equals outside of a Costco parking lot. So, even those seeking to genuinely make Silicon Valley’s world a better place may struggle with engagement in our bumper-to-bumper, disconnected autoscape.
In 2007 I found myself in a situation we all dread: witnessing my mother’s declining health and doing everything I could to help her in what turned out to be her last year of life. With the hindsight of ten years, I now look back on that time as one of despair and helplessness as I watched her grow progressively more ill and ultimately pass away. But I also remember it as deeply intimate, precious, irreplaceable time with her that I cherish.
Yesterday’s news that a second earthquake struck Mexico and that Hurricane Maria would be bearing down on Puerto Rico today left us with heavy hearts and feelings of disbelief — how much more could possibly happen? For reflections and practical advice, read Regine Webster's blog below to consider medium- to long-term needs when giving in disaster.
Hurricane Harvey clean-up has barely begun in Houston, and already it has faded from the headlines. Hurricane Irma, the earthquake in Mexico, South Asia flooding – all compete for our attention and support. And all are worthy.
Hannah Kahn is the Director of Grants Management at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI). As a part of our Member Spotlight series, Hannah told us what helps her recharge and what it's like to help build the grantmaking systems at CZI.
With Labor Day behind us, communities across the nation are heading back to school and work. Congress returns to Washington, DC, this week, too. What would members of Congress write in response to that classic first day of school writing assignment, “What I did on my summer vacation?”
Philanthropy California joins our partners in philanthropy, advocates, and immigrant communities in standing against today’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). Our nation is built on the ideals of freedom, fairness, and prosperity, and we are stronger when everyone has the opportunity to thrive. DACA was a first step in fulfilling our nation’s promise to thousands of young immigrants – giving them the opportunity to learn, work, and, more importantly, contribute to the nation that they call home.
UPDATED: Hurricane Harvey struck southeastern Texas on Friday, August 25, 2017. Now as Tropical Storm Harvey, it continues to devastate the region with epic flooding in Houston and beyond, impacting millions of people.
Jara Dean-Coffey is the founder of Luminare Group and a founding member and Steering Committee Member of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers. As a part of our Member Spotlight series, Jara told us why she appreciates "A-ha" moments and how A Wrinkle in Time changed her perspective on time.