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Project News | September 9, 2021

El/La Para Translatinas: Save the Date!

Join El/La Para Translatinas on Friday, Oct. 8, between 6:00 and 8:00pm on Facebook Live for a celebration of their fifteen years serving the community. The event, “El/La: Poderosas, Libres y Hermosas QuinceañEl/La: Poderosas, Libres y Hermosas / Powerful, Free & Beautiful,” will be raising funds to support the Project’s on-going programming, which includes their COVID-19 Relief Program; Violence Prevention; HIV Prevention, Testing & PrEP Navigation; Community Strengthening; Leadership Development; and Advocacy.” El/La is glad to have the opportunity to celebrate the resiliency of their translatina community after such a challenging year for their staff and participants.

RSVP to the party here.

Global Philanthropy Project: Jobs Board

Global Philanthropy Project (GPP) has launched a Jobs Board that shares employment opportunities with GPP, their member organizations, and other partners related to LGBTI funding and closely-related human rights funding work. Jobs currently posted include positions with the International Trans Fund and Global Fund for Women.

Attendance Works: Grade-Level Reading Webinar

Hedy Chang, Executive Director of Attendance Works, will be moderating a webinar put on by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR) on Tuesday, Sept. 14,between 12:00 and 1:30pm. The webinar is a part of CGLR’s Learning Tuesdays. Learning Tuesdays feature a wide range of presenters to inform and inspire attendees through their research, practice, and lived experience. The webinar on Sept. 14 will focus on “Re-engaging Young Students and Families: Keeping Kids Safe, Healthy, and Showing Up for Learning.”

Register here.

Palomacy: Craig Newmark Philanthropies Grant

Craig Newmark, founder of, has supported Palomacy since 2013. His foundation, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, recently granted Palomacy $20,000 to continue their work rescuing, rehabilitating, and placing pigeons and doves. Palomacy believes they share the foundation’s commitment to making sure everyone is included and treated fairly and respectfully. Palomacy’s placements increased 58% in 2020, and they are currently looking for more fosters and adopters! You can check out their available birds here.

Learn more.

Board Member Highlight

Abbas Moloo

Community Initiatives Board of Directors Service: October 2019–present

Abbas Moloo is the Senior Vice President at Mutual of America Financial Group, a financial services company that provides retirement plan services to small to midsize companies and nonprofits in general. Abbas is responsible for the Northern California branch for Mutual of America, which handles all the aspects of a retirement plan including investment services, record keeping, plan design and consultation, employee education, and fiduciary services.

Outside of his professional work, Abbas is also the founder of Help Aid Africa – a nonprofit dedicated to helping communities in East Africa in the areas of food security, providing clean water sources and offering scholarships to those who are most in need and want to study in local schools and universities.

Abbas is also on the board of Literacy International, which supports education in underserved communities by investing in educational infrastructure, foundational programs, and activities that provide sustained benefits over time to help raise educated children with high moral values, acquire valuable skills to raise their living standard, and contribute to society.

In 2018, Abbas had an interview with Cheryl Jennings at ABC News to discuss the plight of the refugees in Greece at that time. You can watch the interview here.

In his remaining free time, Abbas is an avid hiker. He climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2018.

He currently resides in Walnut Creek with his wife and two kids.

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