OVERVIEW: The Heising-Simons Foundation seeks rights groups focusing on women and girls, people involved in the criminal justice system, and undocumented communities.
IP TAKE: The foundation offers both project-specific and general operating support grants.
PROFILE: Mark Heising and Liz Simons founded the Heising-Simons Foundation in 2007 to “advance sustainable solutions in climate and clean energy, enable groundbreaking research in science, enhance the education of our youngest learners, and support human rights for all people.”
In the human rights space, Heising-Simons supports organizations working on long-term, sustainable changes that provide equal political, social, and economic rights for people in the United States and abroad. According to the foundation’s website, it takes an “intersectional approach to this work,” and pays particular attention to “undocumented communities, people impacted by the justice system, and women and girls.”
The majority of Heising-Simons’ grants range between $15,000 to $100,000. Past grantees include the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, which received funding for general operating costs. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is also a past grantee; it received support for its Rising Star Physics program for young women physicists.
To get a broader sense of the types of organizations receiving funding from Heising-Simons and the kind of work grantees are conducting, explore the foundation’s searchable grants database.
Heising-Simons does not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry, proposals or requests for funding.
- Deanna Gomby, President and CEO
- Justine Choy, Program Officer, Human Rights
- Chhandasi Pandya Patel, Program Officer, Education and Human Rights
- Peggy Chang, Program Associate, Human Rights