The newly introduced ReGenesis Institute provides a “learning hub” for communities that have been harmed by climate change and toxic pollution

Spartanburg, South Carolina (May 10, 2021) — As the White House unveils its widely anticipated plan for the Justice40 Initiative, the newly formed ReGenesis Institute, which leveraged a $20,000…


New research shows fuel-moisture in vegetation across the South Bay at record lows, sparking concerns 2021 could bring more large wildfires

April 14, 2021 (Pescadero, CA) — About 850 goats are chomping down on combustible weeds and brush at TomKat Ranch before California’s wildfire season starts this summer. New research…


Abraham Garcia was 14 years old when his mother, Marissa, brought him to pick raspberries in the fields in Salinas after the 2008 financial crisis had devastated their family-owned restaurant. The pay was hardly enough for food, but like other farmworkers, she had no other option to feed her…


Legislation would recognize that nutritious food is fundamental to learning, increase access to freshly prepared school meals for six million students, and promote California-grown food during the pandemic and beyond

February 10, 2021 — (Sacramento, CA) — At a time when food insecurity has increased dramatically due to the ongoing…


(Left to right) Zolina, Jackie, and Andres manages Urban Tilth’s weekly Free Farm Stand at Unity Park Plaza (Photo Credit: Urban Tilth: Marco Lemus)

By Kat Taylor

November 19, 2020

My six decades have taken me many places. As a philanthropist, I have wrestled with grant making that addresses the symptoms but not the root causes of societal ills. As co-founder and former CEO of a mission-driven community bank, I worked to finance a…


We all remember when COVID-19 changed everything. We remember the sudden and extreme ways it touched even the most fundamental aspects like space, communication, and human relationships. We are still living these changes. I remember a Black businessman warning me of the new forms of privilege that could arise…


Public schools provide students with Grab-and-Go Meals during COVID-19.

Sept. 22, 2020 (Sacramento) — Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday approved additional funding for emergency school meals, giving local school districts more certainty as they feed students during distance learning. …


Serves as Model for States to Protect Consumers

Sept.1, 2020 (Sacramento) — California legislators approved a landmark bill on Monday that will protect consumers and small businesses by enforcing laws prohibiting financial companies from engaging in unfair, abusive, and deceptive practices. …


Rebecca Silva and her grandchildren pick up lunch via the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option in San Antonio, TX.

USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020

August 31, 2020 (Sacramento) — California public school districts received welcome news on Monday, after state lawmakers approved additional funding for emergency school meals. In the same vein, the U.S. …


California Set to Approve $80M for School Meals

California’s lawmakers are poised to approve an additional $80 million for school meals at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic, a heatwave, power outages and fires are forcing disruptions to education and daily life.

Kat Taylor

Impact Investor, Co-Founder and Board Chair of Beneficial State Bank and Co-Founder of TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation

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