News

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 […]

July 2019

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Koret’s K–12 Education Innovation Initiative: Exploring new ideas to help students succeed

In early 2019, the Koret Foundation launched a new initiative, totaling more than $11 million in grants over the next three years to 35 organizations for innovative programs in the Bay Area. The goal of the K–12 Education Innovation Initiative is to improve opportunity, preparation, and support for students to grow into successful adults. Building […]

April 2019

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Shalem College Peoplehood Project: Building bridges between Bay Area and Israeli Jews

There is no better way to understand a country’s history, people, and culture than a firsthand visit. Accordingly, sending young American Jews to Israel has been an important investment of the established Jewish community for many years. These experiences have a transformative impact on participants, deepening their Jewish identities and enriching involvement with their local […]

September 2018

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The Exploratorium: Training teachers to inspire other teachers

We believe that a solid K–12 education provides the essential foundation for pursuing a vocation, a college degree, or any role as a productive member of society. The great majority of Bay Area students still spend their days in traditional classrooms, but how they are being taught is evolving. The Koret Foundation continually looks for […]

October 2017

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Access to the Arts: Engaging new audiences in creative ways

The Koret Foundation’s relationships with many of our arts and culture grantees date back more than three decades. In that time, the Bay Area has undergone a demographic shift. In tandem, advances in technology have changed the ways many people choose to experience culture. We are committed to helping our grantees change with the times, […]

October 2017

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Higher Education Scholarships: Helping college students achieve their goals

Supporting institutions of higher learning is central to the mission of the Koret Foundation. We believe that a college education has become more important than ever for individual success and mobility. We also believe that, collectively, these individual successes strengthen the community as a whole. Recently, the Foundation has heightened our focus on increasing access […]

October 2017

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IsraAID: Bridge building with Israel through global humanitarian aid

Ensuring a bright future for Israel is one of the Koret Foundation’s original priorities. Equally important to us has been, and continues to be, inspiring members of the Bay Area Jewish community to pursue a Jewish identity that resonates for them. Over the years, we have funded many organizations whose work advances both goals simultaneously. […]

October 2017

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SFMOMA: Expanding state-of-the-arts education for all

Supporting Bay Area cultural institutions is a long-standing priority of the Koret Foundation. We consider the arts to be part of a well-rounded education for learners of all ages. The Koret Education Center (the Center) at SFMOMA has been designed to enrich many aspects of the museum-going experience. It serves as a place for visitors […]