The Libra Foundation

2015 Fall Board Directed Grants


360: Positive Health Practice at UCSF
$5,000, San Francisco, CA
For general operating support to improve access to HIV care and prevention services for minority populations.

Alliance for the Great Lakes
$2,500, Chicago, IL
For general operating support to conserve and restore the world's largest freshwater resource using policy, education and local efforts, ensuring a healthy Great Lakes and clean water for generations of people and wildlife.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
$50,000, Chicago, IL
For general operating support for their 70th anniversary and new exhibit.

Burning Man Project
$10,000, San Francisco, CA
For general operating support to uphold and manifest the values described in the Ten Principles of Burning Man, specifically: Radical Inclusion, Gifting, Decommodification, Radical Self-reliance, Radical Self-expression, Communal Effort, Civic Responsibility, Leaving No Trace, Participation, and Immediacy.

Black Rock Arts Foundation
$10,000, San Francisco, CA
For general operating support of the Black Rock Arts Foundation, a subsidiary of Burning Man, to work with communities in the Bay Area and around the world to collaboratively produce innovative, relevant and pioneering works of public art that build community and empower individuals.

CASA San Miguel
$50,000, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
For general operating support to engage in public policy reform and advocacy efforts centered around adolescent and women’s sexual and reproductive health rights, research alternative health care financing and maternal mortality, expand its radio program and invest in strengthened staff capacity in Mexico.

Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice
$5,000, Riverside, CA
For general operating support to develop community organizing through strategic campaigns and build a base of community power in order to create safer, healthier, toxic free places to live, work, learn and play.

Homeless Youth Alliance
$5,000, San Francisco, CA
For general operating support to help homeless youth stabilize, minimize their risk of disease, overdose, and other life-threatening harms, practice self-care, and ultimately transition off the street.

Medical Students for Choice
$10,000 Philadelphia, PA
For general operating support to continue to identify and fill gaps in reproductive medical education by advocating for curriculum reform, hosting student leadership trainings, operating an externship program and residents’ support program and educating medical policymakers on reproductive health issues.

Midwest Access Project
$10,000 Chicago, IL
For general operating support to increase the provision of full-spectrum reproductive health care in the region, without barriers to access, through education and training of health care providers and the public.

Old Town School of Folk Music
$25,000, Chicago, IL
For general operating support to further OTSFM’s mission of teaching and celebrating music and cultural expressions rooted in the traditions of American and global communities.

Our Children's Trust
$20,000, Eugene, OR
For general operating support to empower youth in an effort to establish the legal right to a healthy atmosphere and stable climate. OCT supports youth in a strategic legal campaign to enforce science-based climate recovery policy at global, federal, state, and local levels.

Point Blue Conservation Science
$2,500 Petaluma, CA
For project support to restore San Francisco Bay wetlands as a critical natural buffer for communities in anticipation of predicted climate change impacts. Point Blue Conservation Science will develop site-specific climate adaptation plans for the wetlands of San Pablo Bay, South Bay Salt Ponds and Sonoma Baylands, including several habitat restoration and management projects to enhance the value of habitats that will be affected by sea-level rise.

San Francisco Suicide Prevention
$1,000 San Francisco, CA
For project support of the Youth Risk Reduction program, designed to help youth in public schools, private schools and social service agencies to develop crisis management and coping skills.

Shared Interest
$200,000, New York, NY
For general operating support towards the Guarantee Loss Reserve Fund and Technical Support

Slide Ranch
$2,500 Muir Beach, CA
For support of the Growing Wonder Project which brings transformative outdoor learning experiences to hundreds of Bay Area students each year.

Ten Strands
$10,000, Novato, CA
For general operating support of initiatives designed to bring environmental literacy and environment-based education to every student in California.

Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum
$10,000, Reno, NV
For project support for the research and development of a new exhibit: “Flight Tech”, an aviation gallery.

West Marin Fund
$5,000, Point Reyes Station, CA
For general operating support to provide services and resources to the 11 unincorporated coastal towns of Marin County in California.

Women Effect
$25,000, Haddam, CT
For general operating support to invest in women and girls in the global community.

The Women's Foundation of California
$25,000, Oakland, CA
For support of the Race, Gender, and Human Rights Giving Circle, which supports organizations promoting human rights within the criminal justice system in California.

Women's Law Project
$50,000, Philadelphia, PA
For support for the Kate Michelman Annual Fund, which was established to advance women’s rights with a focus on protecting and defending reproductive rights and access to health services, particularly abortion and contraceptive care.