Foundation News

January 2020

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U.S.

The Israel Institute and the importance of college classes on Israel

Former US ambassador to Israel and the Israel Institute’s new Board Chair, Daniel B. Shapiro, explains the importance of accessible, high-level courses about Israel to university campuses. In depth academic engagement about Israel is a critical way to ensure that students are educated and well-prepared for sophisticated discourse on Israel (photo credit: The Israel Institute).

January 2020

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San Francisco Bay Area

“The Remembered” documentary selected for JDC Archives Film Grant

The Koret-supported film, “The Remembered,” was selected as the recipient of the Documentary Film Grant from the JDC Archives, which houses one of the most significant collections in the world for the study of modern Jewish history. The film by award-winning writer and filmmaker Yoav Potash explores Polish-Jewish relations in the small town of Gniewoszów, Poland, in the years immediately before, during, and after World War II.

December 2019

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San Francisco Bay Area

Addressing the Bay Area’s new face of hunger

Koret’s Senior Program Officer, Ashley Rodwick, reflects on the changing landscape of food insecurity in the Bay Area.

December 2019

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Israel

Israel is now a hot spot for college summer internships

Onward Israel was formed in 2012 to provide college students high-quality professional summer internships in Israel while strengthening their Jewish identity. This past summer, the program served 2,806 students and has reached close to 12,000 alumni. Koret grantee Israel21C shares about the Onward Israel’s inception and growth.

December 2019

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Santa Clara

Touchdowns for Kids donates $200,000 to local charities

Touchdowns for Kids–a collaboration with the 49ers Foundation, Taube Philanthropies, and Koret– celebrated the end of a successful season that raised $200,000 in donations to local youth organizations from the 49ers success on the field.

December 2019

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Israel

Shalem College Year in Review

Shalem College reflects on 2019, including its annual Peoplehood program in the Bay Area and the inaugural program to Washington DC to learn about the importance of the US Israel Relationship.

December 2019

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Israel

California legislative caucus visits Israel

Organized by the California Legislative Jewish Caucus Leadership Foundation, members of the California State Legislature visited Jerusalem, Ramallah, Tel Aviv, and Northern Israel. Members met with top Israeli leaders, thinkers, and entrepreneurs to better understand the unique politics, history, geography, and economy of the modern state of Israel.

November 2019

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Stanford

Stanford opens ‘team science’ complex

The Stanford ChEM-H Building and the Stanford Neurosciences Building are opening this month as part of a new research complex dedicated to improving human health. The interconnecting buildings will allow teams of scientists, engineers, and clinicians from across Stanford’s campus to join forces, share expertise, and work together in community labs, such as the Koret Human Neurosciences Community Laboratory. (Image credit: Farrin Abbott)

OMCA groundbreaking

October 2019

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Oakland

Oakland Museum of California breaks ground on exciting improvements

Approaching its 50th anniversary, OMCA has launched a comprehensive campaign to invest in longterm sustainability and transform its landmark campus to provide an even more welcoming experience for all visitors. Koret is pleased to be a part of the All In! campaign.

October 2019

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San Francisco Bay Area

Foundation giving in higher education focuses on low-income and first-generation students

A new study by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and the TIAA Institute examines trends in funding for higher education. The study, “Philanthropy in Higher Education: Priorities and Approaches of Private Foundations,” shows that student access and success is a key focus for foundation giving, particularly for first-generation and low-income students. Community colleges are also emerging as a priority for many funders. Koret has and will continue to explore funding to this area under the Bay Area Higher Education Initiative.