Recent Grantee News

826 Valencia

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826 Valencia Wants Your Vote!

Rex grantee 826 Valencia is one of 10 Bay Area finalists for a Google Impact Challenge Grant. All 10 finalists will receive at least $250,000, with the top four vote-getters receiving $500,000 apiece. 826 Valencia hopes to use the grant to transform a former liquor store in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district into a writing and tutoring […]

Cathedral Shelter of Chicago


Through the Years With Rex in Chicago

We’re delighted to be returning to Chicago this weekend, and looking forward to seeing the many  friends we’ve made there over the years. It seems like just the other day we were celebrating our 20th anniversary at the inaugural Black Tie-Dye Ball with our longtime supporters Dark Star Orchestra, who’ll be playing a Rex Musical Caravan show […]

Tiburon Salmon Institute

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Tiburon Salmon Institute in Jeopardy

We just received this urgent message from Rex Board Member Rosalie Howarth, reporting that Rex grantee the Tiburon Salmon Institute is being evicted from its longtime home due to an apparent real estate deal by San Francisco State University, the landlord. The Marin Independent Journal quotes Congressman Jared Huffman, who calls the move: “A little community-supported salmon […]

Caravan to Class

Rex Grantee Gets Kids to School in Africa

We recently received this update from Barry Hoffner, of recent Rex grantee Caravan to Class, about the organization’s work. We’re proud to be part of this, and wanted to share it with all of you, because it’s your generosity that makes it all happen! Dear Cameron: Personal greetings from Timbuktu, Mali. I came here to visit […]

Empowered by Light

Rex Grantee Transforms African School, Village With Solar Power

We’re very pleased to share this update from recent grantee Empowered by Light about its work in Zambia: We are currently installing a 10kW solar-powered micro grid at the headquarters of Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ), a conservation education center located several hours south of Lusaka in the Chiawa Game Management Area of Zambia.  CLZ provides environmental […]

Jan Sawka, Artist

Rex Grantee’s Daughter Continues His ‘Voyage’

We’ve all got our tales of the first time we heard the Grateful Dead. Few of them, however, are as notable as that of Polish artist Jan Sawka, who, imprisoned in a military camp for his protest activities, heard their 1969 Woodstock set live with his fellow inmates, on a radio they’d tuned to Radio […]

Doug Wendt

Doug Wendt, 2015 Recipient, Ralph J. Gleason Award. Photo by Fletcher Oakes

Update From 2015 Ralph J. Gleason Award Winner Doug Wendt

We were pleased to receive this note from Doug Wendt, recipient of the 2015 Ralph J. Gleason Award. This is to confirm that on Monday February 23 I received your letter and the much-needed, much appreciated Ralph J. Gleason Award. Mr. Gleason was a huge inspiration to me when I first moved to San Francisco […]

Scholarship: Sylvester Donelson II

Sylvester Donelson and Family. Courtesy of Sylvester Donelson

Ripple Effects: 1994 Rex Grant Changes Many Lives

We were deeply gratified and touched by a letter we recently received from Sylvester Donelson II, currently an administrator at California State University East Bay. In 1994, he received a Rex grant that enabled him to go to college — and which, in turn, has had a life-changing impact for many others. As a kid, Donelson was […]


Rex Grantee Stagebridge Premieres ‘FSM’

Rex grantee Stagebridge announces the premiere of FSM: A Play With Music About a Moment That Changed America, which explores the 1964 Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley, as lived then and seen now by participants on all sides, just in time for its 50th anniversary. FSM takes ’60s politics seriously.  It celebrates the joy, moral purpose, newborn freedom […]

Michael Franti

‘The Future of Energy’ Premiere With Michael Franti

Ralph J. Gleason Award recipient Michael Franti will be performing at the Bay Area premiere of “The Future of Energy,” a new, upbeat film on the people working on renewable energy. The event starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 5, at Impact Hub Oakland, 2323 Broadway, Oakland. Get details and ticket info here. Watch the […]