Category: Grantees in the News


Rex Grantee BAYCAT on Community Connection and the Evolution of Philanthropy

We were delighted to see this Forbes interview with Villy Wang of Rex grantee BAYCAT, who discusses how philanthropy’s evolved from constant begging to creating its own self-sustaining ecosystem. We love what Villy has to say, and hope you do too. Former Rex Executive Director Sandy Sohcot says: “The Forbes article brings well-deserved attention to […]


Rick Steves Talks With Rex Grantee 88 Bikes

2013 Rex grantee 88 Bikes‘ Dan Austin chatted with Rick Steves this weekend on his syndicated NPR program about the serendipitous beginnings of 88bikes and its early roots in Austin’s cross-country bike journey.  Dan’s segment begins at around 33:00 and he talks about 88 Bikes beginning at 47:00.


Rex Grantee Helps Domestic Workers Get OT

Rex 2013 grantee the California Domestic Workers Coalition played a key role in the state’s new law that requires overtime pay for domestic workers. Starting in January, nannies, cooks, housekeepers and other domestic workers will be paid time and a half for working more than 9 hours a day or 45 hours a week. Read […]


Rex Grantees on the Big Screen: The Other Dream Team

By Mary Eisenhart One of Rex’s more unusual grants over the years was the one it gave the Lithuanian basketball team in 1992. Now the subject of a documentary film, the team represented the hopes and dreams of their entire nation, newly free of its Soviet occupiers in the wake of the Berlin Wall’s fall. […]


HeadCount Reports ‘Best Year Ever’

This just in from Andy Bernstein, Executive Director  of Rex grantee HeadCount: Hi Sandy! I just wanted to thank you and everyone on the Rex board for supporting HeadCount this year. It turned out to be our BEST YEAR EVER. We registered 103,307 people—about one third in the field and the rest online. I just found […]


Hidden Wings Painter Wins National Award

We were delighted to get this report from recent Rex grantee Hidden Wings about the stellar achievements of one of their members—and his mom. We had to share it!   THE UNFURLED WINGS OF AUTISM: KEVIN HOSSEINI AND PAINTINGS OF LIGHT On September 12, Kevin Hosseini received an Award for Excellence by Ambassador Jean Kennedy […]


Spotlight on Voices Together

North Carolina’s WRAL recently featured Rex grantee Voices Together’s work helping children with disabilities learn with its music-based curriculum. Read more about Voices Together here; read the article here.


“Richmond Tales” in the News

Bay Area storyteller Summer Brenner, a Rex Foundation grantee in 2011, was recently featured in an article in ArtPlace America for her Richmond Tales: Lost Secrets of the Iron Triangle project. Congratulations to Summer on the recognition for her great work. Read the article here; visit her site here.    


A Grammy Award for Arhoolie

On Sunday night at the Grammy Awards, the Bay Area’s Arhoolie Records won the award for Best Liner Notes, written by local writer Adam Machado. As it happens, Rex has a long and happy relationship with Arhoolie, so we called upon Rex Advisory Board member John Leopold to tell about it. Rex Advisory Board member […]


KQED Honors Destiny Arts’ Sarah Crowell

We’re delighted to report that Sarah Crowell, Artistic Director of Rex grantee Destiny Arts Center, has been named one of KQED’s Women’s History Heroes for 2011. Says Rex Foundation Executive Director Sandy Sohcot: “Having worked directly with Sarah Crowell since 2006 on The World As It Could Be Project, I can attest to Sarah’s gifts […]