News

October 2020

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Supporting transfer students:
University of San Francisco

Transferring from a community college to a four-year institution can present challenges. If units don’t transfer, students find themselves needing to repeat courses in order to complete degree requirements. Support services for transfer students at their new campus tend to be under-resourced. Many transfer students are first-generation college attendees. They are often from lower-income families […]

October 2020

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Higher Education Initiative: Investing in students, schools & new ideas

Improving access to higher education is central to Koret’s core priority of enhancing the quality of life in the Bay Area. Earning a college degree provides a critical pathway for the next generation to productive employment, financial stability, and social mobility. In 2020, Koret announced a new five-year $50 million Higher Education Initiative. Grants have […]

April 2020

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Koret Grantees: Adapting to the challenges of COVID-19

The COVID-19 virus has upended life for individuals and communities everywhere. The pandemic has spread not only infection, but also wide-reaching uncertainty as to when “normal life” might resume. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Koret grantees innovated quickly in response to the mandate to shelter in place and to socially distance. Unlike in previous […]

March 2020

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Leveraging data science to improve public health

A collaboration between Clalit Health Services, Israel’s largest healthcare organization, and the Stanford Center for Population Health Services has opened doors to studying a genetically and ethnically diverse population, including long-term follow up. Clalit Health Services insures and provides direct patient care to over half of the Israeli population, approximately four million individuals, including many […]

March 2020

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Diving deep on marine climate science and oceanography

At the beginning of 2020, just weeks before the pandemic season arrived in full force, scientists at the University of Haifa’s Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies (UH) and UC San Diego’s Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology (SCMA)—two seafront institutions half a world apart—formalized a partnership to study the history of human societies in coastal […]

March 2020

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Using data science to create more livable cities

Many modern cities, ever larger and denser, have become complex systems within systems. The partnership between engineers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) and Stanford University on Smart Cities and Digital Living seeks to advance multidisciplinary basic and applied research in data science that enhance the quality of life, safety, and efficiency of cities. The challenges […]

July 2019

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Community Building:
The Mission Continues

As they return to civilian life, many veterans experience a loss of purpose and community away from their military units and the people they have come to trust in perilous situations. Without that community, there are many veterans who withdraw and don’t have a lot of communication with others, and are consequently at risk of […]

July 2019

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Workforce development: Goodwill of the San Francisco Bay

Historically in the United States, there used to be explicit preferences for hiring veterans in many industries and in the civil service. But as we’ve moved away from the draft and toward a volunteer military, only a subset of veterans gets training in technology that is readily transferable to the private sector. There are many […]

July 2019

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Physical and mental healthcare: Higher Ground

Higher Ground uses recreational therapy with counseling resources to address symptoms of PTSD and traumatic brain injuries and teach veterans to cope with the challenges of readjusting to civilian life. It does so by rekindling the skills they learned in the service through activities like skiing and water sports in a nonthreatening and supportive environment, […]

July 2019

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Koret’s Veterans Initiative: Serving those who have served our country

In the spring of 2019, Koret launched a new grantmaking initiative to support local military veterans. In this new initiative, several high-performing organizations were selected for their work in addressing key barriers for returning service members as they rejoin civilian life in the Bay Area. We sat down with Koret President Michael Boskin to hear […]