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We are making changes to our annual donor yearbook and other outreach and would like to 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 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
It was late July and the full scale of the Carr Fire was just becoming clear as flames closed Highway 299 near Redding and citizens in the surrounding area prepared to evacuate. In the small town of Trinity Center, on the shore of Trinity Lake, the volunteer fire department was preparing to defend their town and offer ground support to relief efforts. It was sheer coincidence that led a vacationing firefighter from Roseville to stop by the station and examine the department’s two trucks. The firefighter was staying at nearby KOA and, stranded by the highway’s closure, decided to see if he could lend a hand.
“We told him the truck had a little leak,” says firefighter Carol Fall. “He said, ‘No, that’s not a little leak, the pump’s busted.’ That’s when we were panicking.”
Fall, who had attended a grantmaking workshop facilitated by the Humboldt Area Foundation, almost immediately called Cassandra Wagner, Program Manager for Grants and Scholarships at HAF, to see if a Rapid Response grant could help cover the $6500 needed to replace equipment on the engine. In the meantime, the Carr Fire had leapt the Sacramento River, forcing thousands of people to evacuate and razing entire neighborhoods in Redding and Shasta.
“They told me, ‘We see the fire and we need our fire truck to save our community, can you help?’” says Wagner. “We were able to respond in less than 24 hours.”
With the check from HAF in the mail, the TCVFD was able to order the parts needed and repair Engine 1134 so it could go where it was needed most: Staging as crash response for CALFIRE helicopters and the Forest Service, and preparing to defend homes in their community should the fire come closer.
“The Carr Fire kept coming up our way,” says Fall of the tense days in late July and early August as the crew worked to restore the pump. “You could see it coming up the ridges on the other side [of Trinity Lake], burning down to the lake, but we never had the wind bring it down into our community.”
While Trinity Center escaped devastation, fire season is far from over in Trinity County. Engine 1134 was recently deployed for crash response on the Delta Fire, which filled the sky above Trinity Center with smoke for much of September. Hard working volunteers such as Fall will be on alert until the first rains come, and the Humboldt Area Foundation will be behind them every step of the way. Thank you to all of the generous community members who contribute to the Humboldt Area Foundation’s Opportunity Fund, which make it possible for us to quickly respond to evolving needs in Humboldt, Del Norte, Curry and Trinity counties. If you would like to learn more about how you can get involved, please contact us at 707-442-2993 or visit www.hafoundation.org.
About Humboldt Area Foundation:
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.
Wiyot Tribe and Humboldt Area Foundation Finalize Agreement for Gathering Rights on HAF Property
BAYSIDE, CALIF. (June 7, 2019) – Humboldt Area Foundation and the Wiyot Tribe have finalized a Memorandum of Understanding that will help restore traditional land practices to the community foundation’s campus in Bayside. The MOU, which was signed by Wiyot Tribal Chair Ted Hernandez and HAF Executive Director Patrick Cleary on May 15, establishes gathering rights for Wiyot tribal members to harvest hazel and other culturally significant plants from the grounds. Hazel is one of several materials used by the tribe for basketry.
"I would like to thank Humboldt Area Foundation for working with the Wiyot Tribe and our Traditional Gatherers with this new MOU for gathering on their property of traditional plants that surround their property. Also for seeing how important the plants on their property have been for the Wiyot People in our basketry and medicine since the beginning of our creation," said Hernandez.
“Traditional Native practices such as gathering and basket-weaving are an essential of the Wiyot people’s cultural work,” said Cleary. “However, with displacement from their traditional lands and increased development, many Native culture bearers have fewer spaces where they can gather. HAF is pleased to make this partnership with the Wiyot Tribe, and we hope other local property owners will also open their lands for tribal members to gather.”
The agreement was approved unanimously by the Humboldt Area Foundation Board of Directors in February 2019 with the understanding that the tribe will provide consultation and advice on traditional land management practices on the 14.5 acres of Bayside property that includes the Lynn Vietor Nature Trail. The Bayside property falls within the historic boundaries of Wiyot land. As part of the MOU the community foundation has agreed to spread awareness about how other landowners may partner with the Wiyot Tribe to enact similar agreements. Sitka spruce, hazelnut, salmonberry and red huckleberry are some of many plants tribal members may be interested in gathering. Landowners who want to participate are encouraged to call Tribal Offices at (707) 733-5055.
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.
[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.
The grant deadline for YEP (Youth Engaged in Philanthropy) is November 1, 2018!
Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) are a group of students from Fortuna Union High School, East High School, and Academy of the Redwoods who are interested in bringing positive change to their community through the power of grantmaking. In 2019 grants will be awarded to support projects in the Eel River region which address an environmental issue. Use this link to connect to HAF's grant opportunity and apply: https://www.hafoundation.org/Grants-Scholarships/Grants/Apply-for-a-Grant/Nonprofits-Agencies.
For more information about this program, its history and past grantmaking, listen to a Community Comment by Academy of the Redwoods student Paige Ruff here, and read about it in this year's Humboldt Area Foundation Yearbook, which will be out in November.
Victor Thomas Jacoby died in 1997 at the age of 52, but left behind a legacy of good will and good work that continues to help and inspire North Coast artists in the form of the Victor Thomas Jacoby Award. The award is granted annually through the Humboldt Area Foundation to Humboldt County visual artists and craftspeople, and celebrated on the textile artist’s birthday, December 14. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the award and to celebrate the occasion the Morris Graves Museum of art is hosting an exhibition featuring work by grantees from the past two decades. The exhibition will kick off with an award ceremony for this year’s winners on Friday, December 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Morris Graves.
“I will always be inspired by the opportunity I was given through Victor’s award,” says Becky Evans, a 1997 grantee. “There is a great value in exploring the alternatives—learning what works and what things aren’t appropriate. This is essential in the creative process and is necessary if one is to grow as an artist. I am grateful that Victor recognized this.”
Established by Victor before his death, this fund is dedicated to supporting Humboldt County visual artists and craftspeople. It also encourages the exploration of new ideas, materials, techniques, mediums and images, as well as excellence. Victor was a gifted artist whose chosen medium was French tapestry. His work has been shown in galleries and is placed in collections across the country, in Mexico, Europe and Japan. A gentle wit with a charming smile and eye and ear for all the arts, Victor was also a dedicated master teacher and an outstanding singer, baker and naturalist. Victor’s Fund is also supported with a generous estate gift from Rosalind Novick.
Everyone is invited to celebrate with coffee and cake at the 20th Anniversary Victor Thomas Jacoby Awards Ceremony & Art Exhibition at the Morris Graves Museum of Art, 636 F Street in Eureka from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, December 14. The exhibition featuring past grantees will run from December 8, 2018 to January 27, 2019.
For more information, contact Hannah Eisloeffel, Humboldt Area Foundation Donor Engagement Coordinator at (707)267-9923 and HannahE@hafoundation.org
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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