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Every act of generosity – big, small, monetary or otherwise – should be honored with recognition. You can find these stories on our website at www.hafoundation.org/100ActsofGiving. Do you have a story to share? Here’s how to do it: Use our hashtag on Facebook, Twitter (@WeAreHAF) or Instagram (@humboldtareafoundation): #100ActsofGiving
Bayside, Calif. Nov. 26, 2018
Guy Kulstad was many things to many people: A civil engineer, veteran, ocean explorer, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who hosted notoriously huge Christmas parties at his home in Trinidad, he was also a steadfast volunteer for the Humboldt Literacy Project for more than 11 years, helping adults improve their lives by learning to read. Only after his death in December 2017 did the Humboldt Literacy Project learn the true extent of Guy’s generosity: Along with volunteering, Guy had anonymously been donating money through the Humboldt Area Foundation to cover medical insurance for the nonprofit’s employees. After his passing, the Kulstad Family Fund continued this legacy. Guy Kulstad is just one example of generosity of spirit we see in our region, where many people donate not only money, but also their time and talent to make our communities stronger. To honor and amplify this philosophy, Humboldt Area Foundation is gathering stories for the 100 Acts of Giving campaign, with the goal of sharing at least 100 stories like Guy’s by December 31.
Based in Bayside, Humboldt Area Foundation serves a region roughly the size of Maine, including Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity and Curry counties. In the 2017-2018 fiscal year HAF awarded $3.5 million for 1,417 grants to local nonprofits, charitable organizations and other entities. HAF’s employees witness and help facilitate a lot of generosity, but there are always more stories to tell. From local businesses and elected officials working together with donors to bring gift cards and Thanksgiving meals to survivors of the Camp Fire, to volunteers gathering warm clothes to help the houseless during the onset of cold weather, we see ordinary people doing extraordinary things every day in our region. Let’s honor that generosity by gathering some of those stories. Every act of generosity – big or small – should be honored with recognition. You can find these stories on our website at www.hafoundation.org/100ActsofGiving. Do you have a story to share? Here’s how to do it:
Use our hashtag on Facebook, Twitter (@WeAreHAF) or Instagram (@humboldtfoundation): #100ActsofGiving
Email us: TalkToUs@hafoundation.org
About Humboldt Area Foundation:
Vera Vietor established the Humboldt Area Foundation in 1972. Since then, more than $80 million in grants and scholarships have been awarded in Humboldt, Del Norte, Curry and Trinity Counties. Humboldt Area Foundation promotes and encourages generosity, leadership and inclusion to strengthen our communities.
For more information on services provided by the Foundation please visit the Humboldt Area Foundation website at hafoundation.org or call (707) 442-2993.
Photo Caption: HAF Office/Safety Manager Jill Moore delivers food to Food for People’s Choice Pantry Coordinator Erin Tharp.
Linda Stansberry, Communications Manager, Humboldt Area Foundation
Since the new tax law raises the standard deduction, many people who used to itemized deductions may no longer be best served by itemizing beginning in 2018, especially with the limitation on state and local taxes. You may consider moving some or all of your 2018 giving into 2017 for tax purposes. With some tax payers receiving a lower tax bracket under the new tax law, it could make sense to accelerate gifts into 2017 even if you still itemize.
Donor Advised Funds:
Setting up a donor advised fund, either at Humboldt Area Foundation or a financial institution is like funding a savings account for future giving. The tax deduction is available immediately, but you can make the individual giving decisions later.
If you are 70 ½ or older, you can opt to make a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from your IRA. This allows funds to be withdrawn from your IRA with no tax consequences and can be used to satisfy your minimum required distribution (RMD).
Appreciated Asset Giving:
Giving appreciated assets such as stock or real estate is a very tax effective way to give.You can deduct the full market price of the asset and avoid the capital gains tax on the increased value. Please do not wait until the last minute to do this, though. It is important to let you recipient know soon if you would like to do this so that the logistics can be worked out.
We encourage you to consult your legal, tax, or financial adviser or contact the Foundation directly at (707) 442-2993/ email@example.com. We are happy to answer your questions and assist you in making the best decision for your individual giving.
Humboldt Area Foundation offices will be open 8:30am-5pm through the holidays, except for December 25 & 26th. We invite you to give us a call or stop by our offices in Bayside at 363 Indianola Rd.
Happy Holidays to you and yours.
Humboldt Area Foundation Executive Director
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Thank you for your support of Humboldt Area Foundation and the good work our community members do in Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity and Curry counties. We would like to let you know about some changes we are making to our outreach this year.
Our annual Donor Yearbook is undergoing a remodel and will be smaller than in previous years. It will feature fund descriptions, fund balances and donor information. The yearbook will be sent to all fund holders and anyone who requests it. We will also mail a short Annual Report to the wider community. Both the Donor Yearbook and Annual Report will be mailed out in the fall. The Wild Rivers Community Foundation will continue to distribute their yearbook as in previous years. All publications will be available online. You can find past publications here.
We made this decision in accordance with the values we live at Humboldt Area Foundation. A shorter yearbook will have a smaller environmental impact and cost less money to produce, allowing us to put those resources back to work in our community. Information and inspiring stories about our work and mission, including initiatives, programs, grant and scholarship opportunities will be shared on our website and through updates in our new monthly newsletters. We want to keep you up to date with the good work happening in our community.
If you are not a fund holder and would like to continue to receive the annual Donor Yearbook, please email, call or use the link below to contact me no later than September 30, 2019.
Please also let me know if you have any feedback on our current or future outreach efforts or if you would like us to make any changes to your contact information, including switching to a digital-only mailing list.
Thank you for helping us do more in our community,
Linda Stansberry, Communications Manager
[article by Will Houston, Eureka Times-Standard]
In an effort to improve law enforcement’s relationship with the community, Humboldt County jail staff today underwent training to recognize and prevent bias and to boost cultural awareness, according to sheriff’s office public information specialist Samantha Karges.
sheriff’s office’s programs coordinator Vanessa Vrtiak said the training was not prompted by any incident of bias by sheriff’s office staff, but was rather a proactive step to prevent it from occurring. Vrtiak said there is a need to bridge a gap between law enforcement and the communities it serves, especially in the context of the nationwide attention on police shootings, discrimination and misconduct.
“There are all these tragic stories about people of color that are being killed by police officers and the trust truly has been broken,” Vrtiak said. “And whatever we can do to try and rebuild that trust — I mean if it’s a training like this and hopefully in the future it will be more things we can do — but this is kind of just the start.”
Vrtiak said the training is also important for building cultural awareness, especially because the jail has a high number of Native American inmates.
Humboldt County Chief Probation Officer Bill Damiano said that his probation officers and sheriff’s office jail staff are not required to undergo bias and cultural diversity training like police officers and sheriff’s deputies. However, Damiano said this cultural awareness and bias training has still been held every year in his 29 years with the department.
Damiano said training is only as effective as its ability to be used in real-life situations. Damiano said local tribes and other ethnic groups have unique experiences when dealing with law enforcement agencies, and therefore more dialogue is needed to truly address any biases that exist.
“Until we had those conversations, it didn’t matter what kind of training I had,” Damiano said.
‘A VERY DISTURBING NOTION’
Gathered in the jail briefing room today, a group of about 15 county jail personnel listened to and at times debated the issues of bias with the two instructors: Humboldt Area Foundation Leadership Program Manager and Equity Alliance of the North Coast member Ronald White and Humboldt State University professor of sociology Jennifer Eichstedt.
Eichstedt said they interviewed some of the jail staff prior to the training session about their views on bias, whether it is intentional or an unconscious bias. Many of those they interviewed did not believe they were acting with bias, Eichstedt said, and staff expressed during the training session that they treat all the inmates the same.
“It’s hard to believe when you consciously feel that you’re really, really committed to fairness to also think that you could be acting on biases,” Eichstedt said. “It’s a very disturbing notion because it really challenges your sense of yourself as fair, and nobody likes that. We all really want to see ourselves as fair people.”
At the training, Eichstedt and White would ask correctional staff to talk about what makes them proud about their own identity and whether their identity makes work difficult in any way. Some staff expressed how inmates who were being reprimanded for behavior would pull out a “race card” and ask whether they are being targeted because they are of a certain race.
Some jail staff debated the effectiveness of one exercise where groups were asked to identity positive characteristics about certain races and identities. Some jail staff questioned why some groups were not included in the discussion. Other jail staff questioned whether they were stereotyping these groups even if it was for positive reasons. White said the goal of the exercise was to provide a counter to the negative stereotypes that they may hold.
White said the training is only the beginning step to recognizing that bias is “something that is part of all us.”
“How we begin to approach it and deal with it helps us actually perform our jobs better and helps us in our social interactions,” White said. “Specifically, we’re going to be going through some de-biasing techniques and encouraging them to think through on how to be more conscious and look at the biases that they have.”
White said that after knowledge comes implementation.
“The ultimate goal is for the institution to begin to ask the right kinds of questions about inequities that might occur in our system and put together a plan of action to address them,” White said.
The sheriff’s office is set to hold four more training sessions for jail staff Jan. 3 and Jan. 12.
STATE AND LOCAL APPROACHES
California prohibits racial or identity profiling and requires a state commission to provide guidelines and review how state and local law enforcement agencies are trained to prevent bias.
The state’s Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015 created a board to investigate how state and local agencies address profiling and bias. The act also requires agencies to submit data to the Department of Justice on all stops — meaning any detention or search — they make in the coming years.
The law also requires law enforcement to collect data on citizen complaints about racial or identity profiling.
The Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board released its first annual report Dec. 29, providing an overview of the new requirements and survey data about how law enforcement agencies are addressing profiling and complaints about profiling.
Fortuna Police Chief Bill Dobberstein said they are gearing up for the new requirements, with his department and others in the county having to submit data starting in 2023.
Dobberstein said his officers and peace officers throughout the state are already required to undergo at least two hours of bias training every two years. Bias training is also included as part of a three-day training program at College of the Redwoods Police Academy, Dobberstein said.
Dobberstein said he believes the current training program is effective and that they have received no complaints about identity profiling.
“That would be handled very swiftly internally in the department,” Dobberstein said.
Eureka Police Chief Steve Watson said that Patrol Sgt. Ed Wilson and Field Training Officer Corrie Watson attended a three-day training session in November at the California State University Long Beach Center for Criminal Justice.
“They are currently creating an in-house training workshop for our entire department and will be presenting this early this year,” Watson wrote in an email to the Times-Standard.
On display November 2, 2018 through April 2019, Humboldt Area Foundation will be hosting Connecting to the Past, a solo exhibit by local student artist Pedro Uribe Godoy. Marrying the visual languages of street art and ancient Aztec and Mayan imagery, Godoy’s prints combine vibrant hues and hieroglyphs together to express a personal narrative about the artist’s process of reconnecting to his Mexican roots. “Even though I was born in Mexico, my mother and father migrated to California when I was a year old. When I lost my mother in 2015 I felt even more disconnected to my culture, which has led me to connect through my art,” states Godoy. “I feel that everything one does as an artist needs to be personal in order for the work to be honest.”
Through his prints, Godoy uses his research of codices of hieroglyphs found in Mexico and Central America to explore language and color, bridging the gap between his heritage and present cultural influences. “The few codices that survived the inquisition in Mexico show a limited palette of colors that they used. What I try to do is blend and make lighter more vibrant colors which catch your attention, just like graffiti catches your attention while driving or walking by.”
Humboldt Area Foundation invites the community to visit the Community Center, located at 363 Indianola Road in Bayside, to enjoy Pedro Uribe Godoy’s works during an opening reception to be hosted from 5:00-7:00pm on Friday, November 9, 2018. Connecting to the Past will be on display for public viewing Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm through April 30, 2019.
Vera Vietor established the Humboldt Area Foundation in 1972. Since then, more than $70 million in grants and scholarships have been awarded in Humboldt, Del Norte, Curry and Trinity counties. Humboldt Area Foundation promotes and encourages generosity, leadership and inclusion to strengthen our communities.
For more information on services provided by the Foundation please visit the Humboldt Area Foundation website at hafoundation.org or call 707-442-2993.
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