Category: Ripple Effects


Are You Kind? The Grateful Dead’s Philanthropic Legacy

We love this article, and wanted to pass it on to you. Celebrating the Grateful Dead’s ongoing legacy of making the world better, music journalist Joanne Colangelo talks about how her 11-year-old self decided to help save the rainforests–because in 1988, Jerry Garcia said it was important. She writes: “What began with a room full […]


The Rex Foundation Receives Major Gift From the Estate of David Thorberson

The Rex Foundation is deeply honored and grateful to have been designated as the beneficiary of the estate of David Thorberson, a native of Oakland and resident of Orinda, California since 1969. David succumbed to cancer on October 3, 2012, at the far too young age of 55.  David had made sure that his personal […]


Oakland School for the Arts Unveils Human Rights Poster Series

Over these last two years, we have been exploring ways that the Oakland School for the Arts could work with The World As It Could Be curriculum. Donn Harris, Principal, thought we would like to see what the school is currently doing in connection with learning about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  We are […]


Ripple Effects: Rex Grant Helps Heal Disaster-Stricken Communities

group picA Rex grant enables the New Old Time Chautauqua to tour areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, bringing cheer and healing, helping rebuild community, and discovering in the process a new sense of mission.


Lunch at the Soul Food Project

chefs and project coordinatorsA Rex grant in 2008 helped Nextcourse plan a collaborative support network for women leaving jail, empowering this community of women to nurture and heal themselves through healthy eating and active lifestyles.  This planning effort resulted in the Soul Food Project. Rex executive director Sandy Sohcot recently had the opportunity to see the program in action–and participate as well.


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.


Ripple Effects: Creating ‘The World As It Could Be’

dancersRex grantee Destiny Arts Center on the creative process of developing an arts-focused curriculum on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


Individuals with Developmental Challenges Find Their Voice

voices together“Imagine a chorus of individuals with autism and other developmental challenges expressing their feelings, sharing who they are, and forming a supportive community.  Imagine them on stage singing, playing instruments and looking beautiful in their choral attire, presenting themselves appropriately and feeling proud of what they have accomplished and getting the applause they deserve.”


Bread Project Changes Lives

Bread Project StudentsRex grantee The Bread Project has helped hundreds of unemployed and underemployed Bay Area adults find their way to self-sufficiency through their culinary and job readiness classes. They share some recent success stories of their students.


Little Kids Still Rock

school kids with instruments In 2002, David Wish, a Bay Area school teacher, became frustrated about the state of music education in the public schools and decided to do something about it. He approached the Rex Foundation for a seed grant for what became Little Kids Rock. Today the organization is the nation’s leading nonprofit provider of instrumental music education in the nation’s public schools.