The Libra Foundation

2016 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 to engage science leaders, policy makers and the interested public on topics of nuclear weapons and disarmament, the changing energy landscape, climate change and emerging technologies.

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.

Exploratorium
$25,000, San Francisco, CA
For general operating support to create inquiry-based experiences that transform learning worldwide and encourage people to become active explorers.

Korematsu Institute
$25,000, San Francisco, CA
For general operating support to help educate communities about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and make connections to present-day civil rights discrimination and political scapegoating such as mass incarceration, anti-immigrant sentiment and Islamophobia.

Medical Students for Choice
$7,500, 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.

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.

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

Skills to Save Lives
$10,000, New York, NY
For general operating support towards training midwives and other community-based health workers in Nicaragua to identify and monitor high risk pregnancies, and ensure safe, sanitary birthing conditions.

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.

Solidaire
$10,000, San Francisco, CA
For support of the Movement Research and Development Fund.

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 general operating support to create hands-on programs and exhibits to create learning experiences to empower a community of critical thinkers.

Transgender Law Center
$10,000, Oakland, CA
For general operating support to change law, policy and attitudes nationwide so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.

West Marin Fund
$10,000, Point Reyes Station, CA
For general operating support to provide services and resources to the 11 unincorporated coastal towns of Marin County in California.

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
$25,000 (second installment of a two year grant), 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.