The Libra Foundation

2013 Spring Board Directed Grants


Blue Bear School of Music
$15,000 San Francisco, CA
For general operating support to provide superior quality and affordable popular music education to aspiring musicians of all ages and skill levels within a supportive and encouraging community.

Curry Without Worry
$15,000 Sausalito, CA
For general operating support providing soul pleasing food to the hungry people of San Francisco in need of a freshly cooked hot meal.

Facing History and Ourselves
$25,000 Brookline, MA
For general operating support to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry.

Mother Jones
$50,000 New San Francisco, CA
For general operating support to enable Mother Jones to focus on "next generation infrastructure," Climate Desk, Washington DC briefing series, and several major investigative pieces that are under consideration in 2013 ranging from an examination of how electricity is delivered, an investigation into the research behind the connection of fracking and earthquakes, and a series of stories on the globalization of industrial agriculture.

Pitzer College
$50,000 Claremont, CA
To support Pitzer’s mission of producing engaged, socially responsible citizens of the world through an academically rigorous, interdisciplinary liberal arts education.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois
$125,000 Chicago, IL
The final installment of a two year gift to help expand access to and improve quality of reproductive healthcare through full implementation of electronic health records in Illinois.

Shared Interest
$25,000 New York, NY
For general support to mobilize resources for Southern Africa's economically disadvantaged communities to sustain themselves and build an equitable nation. Specifically, to help increase the number of successful emerging farms owned and operated by women.

Shared Interest
$100,000 New York, NY
The second of four installments of a gift to support scale-up of operations and self-sustaining economics through expansion of the Guarantee Loss Reserve Fund and establishment of a five-month operating reserve.

Tavern Books
$2,500 Portland, OR
For general operating support to print, promote, and preserve works of literary vision, to foster a climate of cultural preservation, and to disseminate books in a way that benefits the reading public.

Urban Gateways
$50,000 Chicago, IL
For general operating support to deliver high-quality art programs led by trained and experienced professional artists in music, dance, theater, literary arts, visual arts, and digital media to engage youth in grades pre-K through 12, their teachers, families, and communities.