The Black Genius Foundation: Website Launch
The Black Genius Foundation’s website went live this month! The Black Genius Foundation celebrates and invests in the intellectual and creative genius of Black artists, arts professionals, and arts organization that have committed themselves to creating and supporting work dedicated to and rooted in the African Diaspora. The Black Genius Foundation achieves their mission through educational activities, digital content, art exhibitions, their Black Genius Prize, and more.
Centro de Documentación e Información Bolivia (CEDIB): Micro Grants
CEDIB is accepting applications for the second round of its micro funds program “Micros Para Avanzar.” The program will provide funding to collectives, social networks, and organizations that do not have legal status in Bolivia to help them accomplish their goals in promoting social justice, environmental justice, access to information, and a wide variety of other work.
Global Philanthropy Project (GPP): Shimmering Solidarity Global Rights Summit
GPP is hosting a four-month virtual summit from March through June 2021. The Global Rights Summit is designed to convene global grantmakers to develop shared analysis, strategy, and collaboration across multiple interconnected grantmaking issue areas in response to a global anti-rights agenda. The Summit will facilitate opportunity to evaluate responses and solutions within a regional context across philanthropic sectors and disciplines. Together, participants and leaders will collaborate to identify paths to increase and improve funding to support civil society movements for human rights and democracy.
ComSciCon: Annual Flagship Workshop
ComSciCon is accepting applications through April 15 for its 9th Annual Flagship Workshop. This workshop provides participants with an opportunity to produce an original piece of science writing, build essential communication skills in the process of presenting their work to a new audience, and receive feedback from other workshop attendees and professional science communicators. The graduate student attendees also have the chance to network with science communication experts and develop collaborations with their peers. The Flagship Workshop will take place virtually from August 4th through 7th.
Continued from the February 10 Project News Bulletin: Latino Outdoors’ Mapping Migraciones Project
Latino Outdoors, in partnership with The National Audubon Society and Audubon California, continues to update their Mapping Migraciones website with new stories and maps. Keep checking back for the latest posts!
Board Member Highlight
Community Initiatives Board of Directors Service: July 2017–present
Kenji is a dedicated, passionate nonprofit and philanthropy professional with more than 15 years’ experience in the sector. He currently serves as Director of Strategy, Effectiveness and Learning for the Stuart Foundation, based in San Francisco, which focuses on education and benefits young people across California and in Washington state. He previously worked as a grantmaker at Sobrato Philanthropies and at the James Irvine Foundation, as well as in fundraising and program delivery roles at educational and nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area. He holds a B.A. from UC Santa Cruz and an MPA from the University of San Francisco. After graduating from UC Santa Cruz, Kenji spent a year in Japan as a middle school English teacher in a farming village in Tottori prefecture.
Kenji was born and raised in Marin County. As a kid he played saxophone in school bands and jazz bands. He’s currently trying to learn guitar and ukulele. Kenji is extremely healthy – he doesn’t eat or drink caffeine, refined sugar, dairy, or alcohol. However, he has a weakness for barbecued meats! He is also passionate about cars, especially customized vintage American rides.
Growing up as a young man of color, Kenji found it difficult to find resources and people to connect with in a way that fit his identity and culture. As a result, he co-founded Next Generation Scholars in San Rafael as a volunteer board member in his mid-20’s. The value of fiscal sponsorship was made clear during this time as Next Generation Scholars relied upon a fiscal sponsor to get the organization launched and running for a few years!
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