Foundation News

March 2019

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San Francisco

Alex Bernadotte nominated for the SF Chronicle’s Visionary of the Year

Congratulations to Alex Bernadotte, founder and CEO of Beyond 12, a national nonprofit (and Koret grantee) working to increase the number of students making it through college. Alex is one of six finalists for the SF Chronicle’s fifth annual Visionary of the Year award. The honor recognizes leaders who strive to make the world a better place and drive social and economic change by employing new, innovative business models and practices.

March 2019

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San Francisco Bay Area

Stanford and Cal co-host London’s Philharmonia Orchestra

Esa-Pekka Salonen and London’s Philharmonia Orchestra visit the Bay Area on March 17 and 18 to perform a new piece co-commissioned by Stanford Live and Cal Performances. “Dreamers” explores the lives of Bay Area immigrants, based on personal stories from local and campus immigrant communities. The commission was supported in part by a grant from Koret to encourage collaboration in bringing world-renowned performances to the Bay Area.

March 2019

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Oakland

Celebrating Girls Inc on International Women’s Day

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th, Koret highlights the great work of Girls Inc of Alameda County. Working with young women in underserved neighborhoods and schools, Girls Inc inspires tomorrow’s leaders to be “strong, smart and bold.” Koret recently supported the Eureka! STEM program, an intensive after-school educational and internship experience rooted in STEM learning and personal development.

February 2019

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San Francisco

Communities need local philanthropy

Koret’s Director of Programs, Danielle Foreman, calls on local philanthropists to help improve the quality of life in the Bay Area.

January 2019

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San Francisco

Koret launches new K-12 Education Innovation Initiative

The Koret Foundation has launched a new K-12 Education Innovation Initiative to provide more than $11 million worth of grants over the next three years to fund pilot programs in the Bay Area. Grantees include organizations devoted to ensuring college access and success, STEM learning, teacher training, and skills- and opportunity-building for students in underserved communities.

January 2019

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San Francisco Bay Area

Bay Area food banks support furloughed workers

As the US government shutdown continues into its third week, Bay Area food banks are providing support for workers missing their latest paychecks. Community food banks in Alameda, Santa Clara, and San Francisco – Marin have all stepped in to help furloughed federal workers by delivering food and produce, setting up temporary pantries, and helping families to enroll in the CalFresh food stamp program and find the closest food distribution site.

December 2018

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San Francisco

de Youngsters Studio opens at the de Young Museum

The de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park launched the de Youngsters Studio—a pioneering play space dedicated to engaging children’s curiosity. The Studio features hands-on activity stations that use technology to explore fundamental art concepts: color, composition, shape and form, texture, and sculpture. Admission to the Studio is free and open to children of all ages and with activities specifically created for ages 3–8.

December 2018

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Palo Alto

Oshman Family JCC Hosts Zionism 3.0 Conference

On December 9, the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto hosted the Z3 conference in partnership with the Reut Group, fostering conversations around a strong vision for the future of Zionism and Israel-World Jewry relations. Z3 is a platform for mobilizing a global network of leaders and organizations committed to strengthening the relationship on the basis of equal standing between Israel and World Jewry. Koret President Dr. Anita Friedman served on two panels focused on the voice of World Jewry in relation to Israel (photo credit Saul Bromberger).

December 2018

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San Francisco

Chag Hanukkah Sameach

Wishing everyone a happy Hanukkah!

December 2018

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San Francisco

Joe Goode Performance Group launches Resilience Project at The Contemporary Jewish Museum.

A staple in San Francisco modern dance, Joe Goode Performance Group (JGPG) fuses dance-theatre with text, gestures, and humor. The Resilience Project is a residency partnership between JGPG, the CJM, and veterans organizations that to explore how we deal with trauma. The residency began in the fall with a final performance at the CJM in 2019.