The Libra Foundation

2016 Spring Board Directed Grants



All One Ocean
$5,000 Mill Valley, CA
For general support to educate people about the destructive impacts of our trash by providing a simple way for beachgoers to help clean up the ocean, beautify beaches and prevent needless death and suffering of marine life.

Alameda County Deputy Sheriff's Activities League
$20,000 San Leandro, CA
For general support to enhance communications and ability to disseminate their work.

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
$15,000 New York, NY
For general support to advance LGBTQIA human rights in the United States and around the globe.

Blue Bear School of Music

$25,000 San Francisco, CA
For general operating support to provide superior quality and affordable music education to aspiring musicians of all ages and skill levels.

California Institute of Integral Studies

$5,000 San Francisco, CA
For program support for the Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research, which serves as a primary resource of comprehensive public education and advocacy for the safe and legal access to psychedelic medicines for therapeutic use.

California Pacific Medical Center Foundation
$15,000 San Francisco, CA
For general operating support to provide a wide variety of services, including acute, post-acute and outpatient hospital care; home care and hospice services; preventive and complementary care and health education.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater
$5,000 Chicago, IL
For general operating support to produce vibrant productions that reflect Shakespeare’s genius for storytelling, language and empathy for the human condition.

Curry Without Worry
$10,000 San Francisco, CA
For general operating support to provide soul pleasing food to the hungry people of San Francisco in need of a freshly cooked hot meal and also for Curry Without Worry’s relief work in Nepal.

DreamCorps
$20,000 Oakland, CA
For program support of #Cut50, which aims to reduce the United States’ incarcerated population by 50% over the next 10 years by elevating proven solutions, bringing together diverse grassroots and grasstops partners, and communicating a powerful new narrative to help the movement against mass incarceration.

E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation
$10,000 Pueblo, CO
For general operating support in honor of Dr. E. O. Wilson to foster stewardship of the world through biodiversity research and education initiatives that promote and inform worldwide preservation of biological heritage.

International Surgical Missions at Parkview Medical Center
$10,000 Pueblo, CO
For general operating support to organize trips to developing countries to provide surgical care to people who would otherwise be untreated.

Pitzer College
$100,000 Claremont, CA
For general operating support to the Pitzer College Annual Fund.

San Francisco General Hospital Foundation
$15,000 San Francisco, CA
For general operating support to promote excellence in research, education and care for all at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.

SavingSpecies
$25,000 Raleigh, NC
For general operating support to employ science in conservation efforts to maximize restoring forest connectivity, increasing species’ chances for survival.

Sites Unseen: A project of the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District
$10,000 (second installment of a two year grant) San Francisco, CA
For general operating support to program eight alleys within San Francisco’s Yerba Buena neighborhood with public art that celebrates San Francisco and will engage local, national, and international communities.

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.

The World As It Could Be
$15,000 San Leandro, CA
For general support for the Human Rights Education Program.

University of California San Francisco Foundation
$15,000 San Francisco, CA
For general operating support for the Bixby Center at the University of California, San Francisco to disseminate rigorous, evidence-based research regarding abortion, abortion safety and regulations in a straight-forward, easy-to-understand manner.

Urban Gateways
$100,000 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.

Women’s Alliance for Knowledge Exchange
$20,000 San Francisco, CA
For support of the Tech2Empower program, which designs and curates customized technology training for women’s organizations that are working on issues such as gender-based violence, anti-trafficking, child marriage, and women’s economic empowerment.

Women’s Media Center
$20,000 Washington, DC
For general support to make women and girls visible and powerful in media though strategic programs that increase the participation representation and inclusion of women in all forms of media and to challenge media sexism, shape public discourse and policies, and provide gender-specific analysis and solutions.

Yansa, Inc.
$20,000 Cold Spring, NY
For general operating support to turn renewable energy into a driver for collective economic empowerment, equal opportunities and democratic community governance.