Category: Grantees in the News


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 […]


Bread Project in the Spotlight

East Bay Express writer Anneli Rufus visits Rex Foundation grantee The Bread Project, which teaches culinary and jobs skills to people in need—homeless, unemployed, those leaving prison, etc. Rufus visits their café in Berkeley and is impressed with both their work and their food. Read about her experience here.


Quest for Community in Haiti

The Nelson (B.C.) Daily News interviews the Canadian students from the Quest for Community program (which evolved from Project Help Mexico, a Rex grantee) who went to Haiti to help the local people dig a well and build a goat farm, and also to learn more about community. The earthquake struck almost immediately after they […]


A Life-Changing Experience in Haiti

Since receiving a Rex Foundation Grant in 2006, Project Help Mexico, an extracurricular service club in Nelson, British Columbia, has grown and evolved into a full-time one-semester program dedicated to studying and fostering healthy, vibrant communities. This semester’s students had just arrived in Haiti last month to help villagers drill a well and build a wall around their goat farm when the earthquake struck and everything changed; as they tried to help the locals, they found the Haitian people working to take care of them.


Innocence Project Exonerates 250th Prisoner

Rex grantee The Innocence Project has been working since 1989 to help the wrongfully convicted gain exoneration and justice. With the exoneration this week of Freddie Peacock of Rochester, New York, the organization marked its 250th success. Peacock’s case was especially egregious because it involved a false confession from a mentally ill man. Says IP […]


NYT Columnist Praises Rex Grantee

In a recent column, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof praised five “nifty, unknown charities” doing innovative work to combat global poverty. Among them was 2001 Bill Graham Award recipient the Afghan Institute of Learning, of which Kristof says: Afghan Institute of Learning,, is an aid group run by Afghan women. It is led […]


Glad to See Kudos to Dune Lankard

(October 12, 2009) Rex Foundation executive director Sandy Sohcot writes: This past Friday, thanks to Carol Hoover of the Eyak Preservation Council (EPC), I read the Indian Country Today article headlined “Dune Lankard – Hero of the Planet.” The article describes how Dune’s experience with and response to the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill catalyzed […]


Dune Lankard of Eyak Preservation Council

The Eyak Preservation Council received grants from the Rex Foundation in 2006 and 2008 for its work in restoring salmon habitat in Alaska in the wake of the Exxon Valdez disaster. Profiled this week  in Indian Country Today, founder Dune Lankard says of his work: “I believed if we could save the habitat we could […]


Innocence Project: Texas Exonerees Build New Lives

(AP) Thomas McGowan’s journey from prison to prosperity is about to culminate in $1.8 million, and he knows just how to spend it: on a house with three bedrooms, stainless steel kitchen appliances and a washer and dryer. “I’ll let my girlfriend pick out the rest,” said McGowan, who was exonerated last year based on […]