Timothy Silard, president of the Rosenberg Foundation, helped celebrate the organization’s 75th anniversary Friday.
Tell me about the Rosenberg Foundation. Founded in 1935 at the bequest of Max Rosenberg, an innovative business major, it was the first staffed foundation west of the Mississippi. As a statewide grant maker, it deals with social justice issues in California. Since its establishment, it has awarded more than 2,800 grants grossing around $80 million.
How important is the 75th anniversary? We framed the event as “100 years of Justice,” so we celebrated what has been achieved so far, but our real purpose is to prepare and strengthen for the next 25 years.
What are the foundation’s future plans? We tend to address immigrant rights and immigration, so there’ll be better and broader participation and engagement in economic and civic life in California. We want to expand employment opportunities for people with criminal records and address the lack of opportunities for female offenders in California who are behind bars for nonviolent and nonserious offenses. We will take on children who are exposed to violence and suffer from behavioral issues and post-traumatic stress disorder. We’ll try to treat and prevent them from entering the criminal justice system. —