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Protecting, strengthening and sustaining women's and LGBTQ human rights activists throughout the world
Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights is a rapid response fund that supports women's LGBTQ human rights defenders as they create cultures of justice, equality and peace. Using online, voicemail, and SMS-based funding applications, Urgent Action Fund responds to all requests within 24 to 72 hours, and grantees have funds in hand within one to seven days. Urgent Action Fund's rapid response grants support the resilience of movements by protecting activists who face immediate threats and by supporting advocacy when windows of opportunity emerge to set new legal or policy precedents. Since its founding, Urgent Action Fund has awarded more than 1,300 rapid response grants, totaling more than $5 million, to advance women's and LGBTQ human rights in 110 countries worldwide.
Making Authentic Lives Possible
Transgender Law Center changes law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. We envision a future where gender self-determination and authentic expression are seen as basic rights and matters of common human dignity. Too often, people who live outside of the socially-enforced binary boxes of gender pay a physical, emotional, and economic toll. Whether it's a lack of access to quality and compassionate health care, or an out-of-date legal system that allows blatant discrimination, equality is too often out of reach for trans people. Transgender Law Center is devoted to fulfilling the promise of equality for all people, regardless of their gender expression.
Defending the Teaching of Evolution & Climate Science
The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) defends the integrity of science education against ideological interference. We work with teachers, parents, scientists, journalists, and concerned citizens at the local, state, and national levels to ensure that topics like evolution and climate change are taught accurately, honestly, and confidently.
Changing the face of finance
Founded in 1989, the Robert Toigo Foundation's commitment is to bring increased diversity to the finance industry. As a catalyst for change, our programs inspire minority students who might not otherwise have considered finance as their career and provide them with the leadership training, mentoring, tuition assistance and lifelong support they need as they pursue their MBA and launch their finance careers and beyond. Toigo is the only diversity leadership development program focused on the field of finance. Our combination of individualized support to aspiring minority finance professionals and active engagement as a partner with industry helps ensure that the next generation of finance leaders is able to flourish.
Making Refugee Rights a Reality in Africa, Asia and Latin America
Asylum Access is an innovative international nonprofit dedicated to making refugee rights a reality. Asylum Access empowers refugees in Africa, Asia and Latin America to live safely, work, send children to school and rebuild their lives. Asylum Access envisions a world where refugees are seen as people with rights, not just people with needs. Asylum Access believes that by empowering refugees to assert their human rights, we can create effective, lasting solutions for refugees around the world. By helping refugees assert their rights, we are putting power back into their hands. Our work transforms the traditional approach of endless humanitarian handouts to a sustainable solution that gives refugees the tools to provide for themselves and make choices about their own lives.
Promoting Freedom & Justice For All
Muslim Advocates envisions a world in which equality, liberty, and justice are guaranteed for all, regardless of faith, and in which the Muslim American legal community is vital to promoting and protecting these values. In pursuit of this vision, Muslim Advocates' mission is to promote equality, liberty, and justice for all by providing leadership through legal advocacy, policy engagement, and civic education, and by serving as a legal resource to promote the full and meaningful participation of Muslims in American public life.
Promoting US-Cuba health collaboration
Founded in 1997, MEDICC is a nonprofit organization that has worked to promote US-Cuba health collaboration and highlight Cuba's public health contributions to global health equity and universal health. MEDICC facilitates mutual learning opportunities in several ways: its documentary film ¡Salud!; the open-access, MEDLINE-indexed English journal, MEDICC Review, that publishes research by Cuban and other scholars from the Global South whose work addresses health equity; insightful trips to Cuba for US health policymakers, educators and practitioners; Community Partners for Health Equity, a national network of US communities whose leaders have been inspired to innovate for better health, thanks to their MEDICC-organized experiences in Cuba; and by serving as an institutional bridge-builder between US, Cuban and global health institutions and organizations.
Leading the development of community resources in Oakland's public schools so that all kids can learn, grow, and thrive
The Oakland Public Education Fund leads the investment and management of community resources in Oakland public schools so that all students can learn, grow, and thrive.
The voice for wild California
The California Wilderness Coalition (CWC) protects the natural landscapes that make California unique, providing clean air and water, a home to wildlife, and a place for recreation and spiritual renewal. CWC is the only organization dedicated to protecting and restoring California's wild places and native biodiversity on a statewide level. Since 1976, we have empowered local communities and conservationists to be the voice for wild California. Our work focuses on federal legislation to secure wilderness designation for wilderness quality lands, lakes, and rivers in California. We also monitor and respond to changes in management policy, administrative directives, planning, or legislation at federal or state level that impacts wilderness areas. We work to secure federal wilderness designation, build diverse constituencies to protect the desert.
Building a social justice movement led by people of color
Founded in 1980, the Center for Third World Organizing (CTWO) is a racial-justice organization dedicated to building a social-justice movement led by people of color. CTWO is a training and resource center that promotes and sustains direct-action organizing in communities of color in the United States. CTWO's programs include training of new and experienced organizers, including the well-known Movement Activist Apprenticeship Program (MAAP); establishing model multi-racial community organizations; and building an active network of organizations and activists of color to achieve racial justice in its fullest dimensions.
Protecting San Francisco Bay from pollution for more than 25 years.
San Francisco Baykeeper's mission is to safeguard San Francisco Bay from pollution. Baykeeper was established in 1989 to defend the water quality of San Francisco Bay and to protect the Bay ecosystem, wildlife and local communities. Baykeeper's small, highly skilled staff uses on-the-water patrols, water quality monitoring, science, education, advocacy and legal action to strengthen clean water laws and keep pollution out of the Bay. With the help of our members, Baykeeper works to ensure a healthy San Francisco Bay for all.
Advancing the science of sustainability
In 2003, Global Footprint Network was established to enable a sustainable future where all people have the opportunity to live satisfying lives within the means of one planet. Creating a world where everyone can live well, within the means of one planet, is going to take all of us pulling together toward this common goal. At Global Footprint Network, our programs are designed to influence decision makers at all levels of society and to create a critical mass of powerful institutions using the Footprint to put an end to ecological overshoot and get our economies back into balance.
Helping children become lifelong readers
Founded in 1999, the mission of Reading Partners is to help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results. Reading Partners is dedicated to transforming struggling young readers into confident readers who are excited about learning. We do this by focusing on children from low-income communities; giving one-on-one instruction at the student's reading level; recruiting and training community volunteers to work with children; partnering with high-need elementary schools to offer free services on the school campus; and providing a way for volunteers to give a small amount of their time to make a huge difference in a child's life.
Extraordinary change requires extraordinary people.
By placing thousands of leaders into organizations and positions where they can make a meaningful difference, Education Pioneers is poised to change the lives of millions of students. With your support, we can get there. As a national nonprofit organization, Education Pioneers relies on a combination of philanthropy and program fees to operate our current programs and expand our work.
For juvenile justice, fairness, & equity
The W. Haywood Burns Institute eliminates racial and ethnic disparity by building a community-centered response to youthful misbehavior that is equitable and restorative. We are a grassroots to grasstops organization. We believe innovation comes from the bottom and influences those at the top. That's why we work with decision makers at the local level to affect change that transforms juvenile justice systems near and far. We facilitate a collaborative environment where community and system stakeholders strategically use data to reduce racial and ethnic disparities. We also support capacity building of families and organizations to redirect resources to community-based interventions, thus reducing system involvement.
Opposing anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry and oppression
Founded in 1996, JVP opposes anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry and oppression. JVP seeks an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem; security and self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians; a just solution for Palestinian refugees based on principles established in international law; an end to violence against civilians; and peace and justice for all peoples of the Middle East.
Committed to eliminating the barriers faced by underrepresented people of color in science, technology, engineering and math.
Founded in 2001, Level Playing Field Institute is committed to eliminating the barriers faced by underrepresented people of color in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and fostering their untapped talent for the advancement of our nation. We envision a world where a true level playing field exists – a world where everyone has equitable access to opportunities, including the historically disenfranchised. LPFI provides the resources and support to ensure that underrepresented students of color throughout our nation can overcome barriers and obstacles to their success and thrive in STEM fields of study, from K-12 through higher education.
MAKE IT MATTER
Taproot Foundation, a national nonprofit, connects nonprofits and social change organizations with skilled volunteers through pro bono service. Taproot is creating a world where organizations dedicated to social change have full access-through pro bono service-to the marketing, strategy, HR, and IT resources they need to be most effective. Since 2001, Taproot's skilled volunteers have served 4,000 social change organizations providing 1.4 million hours of work worth over $150 million in value. Taproot is located in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. and is leading a network of global pro bono providers in over 23 countries around the world.
Advancing the health and well-being of people most affected by AIDS
Pangaea Global AIDS builds partnerships that improve the lives of people living with and most at-risk for HIV to ensure equitable access to prevention, testing, treatment and care. Headquartered in Oakland, California and Harare, Zimbabwe, we work with partners around the world to implement sustainable, comprehensive and evidence-informed programs through technical cooperation, research, policy and advocacy.
Increasing the impact of nonprofit community-based organizations
CompassPoint Nonprofit Services is a consulting, research, and training organization providing nonprofits with management tools, strategies, and resources to lead change in their communities. With offices in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, we work with community-based nonprofits in executive transition, planning, boards of directors, finance systems and business planning, fundraising, and technology. The mission of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services is to increase the impact of nonprofit community-based organizations and the people who work and volunteer in them.
Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold
Girls Inc. of Alameda County's mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold. Girls Inc. offers academic enrichment activities, skill-building programs, and counseling services to girls and their families. Founded in 1958, Girls Inc. is dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Today, Girls Inc. of Alameda County provides more than 20 programs to 7,000 girls ages 5-18. The purpose of these programs is to expand girls' capacity for confident and responsible adulthood, economic independence, and personal fulfillment. Girls Inc. offers award-winning local and national programs that also build self-esteem, foster creativity, and promote critical thinking skills.
30 years, 90 countries. Cultivating the roots of health & justice Advancing alternatives to pesticides worldwide
Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) works to replace pesticide use with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives. As one of five PAN Regional Centers worldwide, we link local and international consumer, labor, health, environment and agriculture groups into an international citizens' action network. This network challenges the global proliferation of pesticides, defends basic rights to health and environmental quality, and works to insure the transition to a just and viable society. Other PAN Regional Centers include PAN Africa, PAN Asia/Pacific, PAN Europe and PAN Latin America.
On a mission to give kids power
Founded in 1988, Children Now serves as the hub for all of the key children's issues, supporting and connecting thousands of groups in California to create an unprecedented power base for kids. To accomplish this, Children Now employs the top three strategies that all of the country's strongest interest groups have in common and, for the first time, applies those to kids: umbrella coverage, deep inside expertise and outside pressure.
Providing quality live performances, education for lifetime enrichment, and the perpetuation of the performing arts.
The Oakland Symphony, Youth Orchestra, and Chorus bring together orchestral music, choral music and youth education to strengthen the Oakland/East Bay community by providing quality live performances, education for lifetime enrichment and the perpetuation of the performing arts. The Oakland Symphony aims to make classical music accessible, particularly to those individuals in the community who might otherwise never hear live symphonic music.
What it's all about.
Breakthrough Collaborative launches motivated middle-school students on the path to college and prepares older students for careers in education. A national nonprofit, Breakthrough Collaborative is devoted to preparing high-achieving middle-school students, most of whom are of color and from low-income families, to enter and succeed in college-preparatory high school programs. Breakthrough also recruits and trains outstanding high school and college students to become Breakthrough teachers and build an interest in careers as educators. Breakthrough students develop as highly motivated academic achievers who believe passionately in their ability to go to college. Breakthrough affiliates are in 24 cities across the U.S. and in Hong Kong.
Our Voices, Our Future
California Youth Connection (CYC) is a youth led organization that develops leaders who empower each other and their communities to transform the foster care system through legislative and policy change. CYC was founded in 1988 by a group of foster youth and supportive adults to provide a vehicle for California foster youth to learn leadership and advocacy skills and to engage directly with policymakers to improve the foster care system. Every year, CYC serves more than 500 foster youth members, ages 14-24, through 32 county-based chapters throughout the state.
Promoting environmental and social corporate responsibility
As You Sow (AYS) promotes environmental and social corporate responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies. AYS engages in dialogue with selected companies, file shareholder resolutions, mobilize investor coalitions, and conduct unique shareholder solicitation initiatives to raise awareness and promote more responsible corporate behavior. Their efforts are targeted at creating large-scale systemic change by establishing sustainable and equitable corporate practices.
Supporting grassroots initiatives that inspire community action to protect the environment, consumers and public health.
Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment is a grantmaking public charity dedicated to inspiring community action for environmental protection, public health and corporate social responsibility. Funding comes from donations, other foundations, legal restitution payments, and government contracts.We have two main programs: New Voices Are Rising and our Grantmaking programs. New Voices develops young leaders in low-income communities of color, building their skills and experience in civic engagement so that they can tackle the many environmental health problems that disproportionately impact their communities.Our grantmaking programs support community-based groups to build long-term solutions benefiting people, the environment and the economy. Grantmaking funds are advised by volunteer funding boards who donate their time and expertise to help Rose Foundation find and support the most strategic, innovative and effective local and grassroots organizations.
Training diverse young people in digital media and technology.
Founded in 1992 in Berkeley during a period of heightened youth violence and homicide, Youth Radio was established as an outlet for Bay Area youth to process their experiences and provide an alternative perspective to the prevailing media dialogue. Youth Radio is an award-winning media production company that trains diverse young people in digital media and technology. Partnering with industry professionals, students learn to produce marketable media for massive audiences while bringing youth perspectives to issues of public concern. Our mission is to launch young people on career and education pathways by engaging them in work-based learning opportunities, creative expression, professional development, and health and academic support services. Youth Radio operates bureaus in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Washington, DC.
Uniting communities to save coral reefs
Founded in 1994, the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) is a member-supported organization, dedicated to protecting coral reefs by integrating ecosystem management, sustainable tourism, and community partnerships. CORAL works with communities to identify and solve conservation challenges; changes attitudes and behavior through education and training; provides resources to strengthen conservation efforts; and creates incentives for sustainable tourism. Like rain forests, coral reefs are invaluable resources for scientific research, with the potential to provide raw materials for lifesaving medical treatments. Reefs and their associated mangrove and sea grass ecosystems buffer coastlines from the destruction of devastating storms, and they provide rich economic opportunities through tourism and fishing.
Expanding philanthropic resources for progressive social movements
Common Counsel Foundation partners with families and individual donors to expand philanthropic resources for progressive social movements. Through our strategic philanthropic services, we prioritize support for community-based organizations building the leadership of low-income people, women, youth, people of color and others working for justice, equity, and a healthy, sustainable environment.
Playworks believes in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid. This national organization provides safe, healthy, inclusive play and physical activity to schools at recess and throughout the entire school day. Founded in 1996, Playworks is the only nonprofit organization in the country to send trained, full-time adults, called "coaches" to low-income, urban schools. Directly and through training others, we create a place for every kid on the playground - a place where they belong, have fun and are part of the game. Playworks creates safe, inclusive school environments that allow kids to thrive. Playworks currently serves more than 1,200 schools across the United States and reaches more than 700,000 students directly and through professional training services.
Uniting Asian and Pacific Islander communities for environmental and social justice
Founded in 1993, the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) seeks to empower low-income Asian Pacific Islander (API) communities to achieve environmental and social justice. APEN believes that the environment includes everything around us: where we live, work and play. We strive to build grassroots organizations that will improve the health, well-being and political strength of our communities. APEN currently works on three levels: direct organizing in local communities; building a network of API organizations; and working in multiracial alliances to affect regional and national social change.
Empowering students from underserved communities to reach their dreams of a college degree
College Track is the catalyst for change for under-resourced high school students who are motivated to earn a college degree. Since its inception, College Track has grown each year, strengthening its services and expanding its program to support more and more students. College Track is an after-school, college preparatory program. Through our center-based approach and core service areas, College Track has created a culture of high expectations. We ensure that each student is college ready and provide support that many students do not have in their homes or at their schools. Together, these components make a powerful, comprehensive program that empowers students to achieve their dream of a college education.
Transforming public education by supporting education entrepreneurs
Founded in 1998, the NewSchools Venture Fund works to transform public education so that all children - especially those underserved - have the opportunity to succeed in the 21st century. As a nonprofit venture philanthropy firm, we raise capital from both individual and institutional investors; we then use those funds to support promising education entrepreneurs, help them grow their organizations to scale, and connect their work with public school systems - particularly within targeted urban areas. We believe that education entrepreneurs can spark this broader transformation in the public school system.
Giving parents a choice. Giving children a chance.
Our mission is to broaden the educational opportunities for low-income families around the Bay Area by helping them afford the cost of tuition at the private school of their choice. Scholarships are available to students entering K-8th grade to attend private schools in all nine Bay Area Counties.
Lifting up what works
PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity. PolicyLink work is guided by the belief that those closest to the nation's challenges are central to the search for solutions. With local and national partners, PolicyLink is spotlighting promising practices, supporting advocacy campaigns, and helping to bridge the traditional divide between local communities and policymaking at the local, regional, state, and national levels. By developing and implementing multifaceted strategies, PolicyLink seeks to ensure that everyone- including low-income communities of color- can contribute to and benefit from local and regional growth and development.
Reclaim. Connect. Transform.
The Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR or "see clear") is focused on creating sustainable communities and encouraging environmentally conscious and socially responsible development. Our goal is to revitalize urban areas, discourage urban sprawl, conserve greenspace, reduce energy consumption, and reverse climate change through the facilitation of land recycling. We believe that the creative reuse of already used lands, (often environmentally-distressed properties, commonly referred to as "brownfields") is the key to responsible land use and sustainable development. Our work is accomplished through training, technical assistance and funding for communities who are attempting to turn around vacant or environmentally distressed properties through creative private, public, and nonprofit partnerships. CCLR was founded in 1996 as a project of The Trust for Public Land (TPL), and became an independent 501(c)(3) organization in 1999.
Advocating for Health Equity
The California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN) is a multicultural statewide advocacy organization that works to improve the health of communities of color. Our policy center highlights ongoing policy efforts to improve the health of communities of color. Our events bring our communities together to share information and provide a forum to develop a unified agenda to advance health equity. Our race & ethnicity data collects the most up-to-date studies and statistics on the health of our communities and the inequities we experience. CPEHN works to build a unified, inclusive movement to achieve health equity, and has been instrumental in establishing and leading statewide coalitions.
Life's a team sport, and great coaches transform lives.
Coaching Corps works to ensure that all kids reap the benefits of playing sports with a trained, caring coach. Since its inception in 2002, Coaching Corps seeks to use sports and the power of coaches as vehicles for transformative change for youth in underserved communities. To date, we have placed over 10,000 coaches with hundreds of afterschool sports programs, serving over 100,000 youth in underserved communities across the country. By making trained, caring coaches available to established community partners, Coaching Corps coaches help create safe, structured environments that promote character-building, encourage an active and healthy lifestyle, and cultivate positive relationships with peers and adults.
GreatSchools helps millions of parents get a great education for their children.
GreatSchools is an independent organization that improves education by inspiring parents to get involved. It empowers parents with information and tools so they can choose the best school for their children, support their children's education, and improve schools in their communities. Parents choose GreatSchools to connect with each other - to find the right schools, to share stories and advice, and to get their parenting questions answered. Today, GreatSchools features more than one million parent ratings and reviews nationwide for more than 200,000 PreK-12 schools.
So all families can thrive.
Forward Together is a multi-racial organization that works with community leaders and organizations to transform culture and policy to catalyze social change. Our mission is to ensure that women, youth and families have the power and resources they need to reach their full potential. By developing strong leaders, building networks across communities, and implementing innovative campaigns, we are making our mission a reality.
Workers and communities building power
East Bay Alliance for A Sustainable Economy advances economic, racial, and social justice by building a just economy in the East Bay based on good jobs and healthy communities. We address the root causes of economic injustice by developing strategic alliances among community, faith, and labor to build power and create change with low-income workers and communities of color.
Harnessing the power of technology
The Stride Center is a non profit social venture working to empower economic and social mobility for individuals and communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are harnessing the power of technology and the digital economy to help men, women and families on the road to professional careers in the technology field. As an innovative social enterprise, The Stride Center's mission is to empower men and women facing barriers to employment to achieve economic self-sufficiency. We provide a comprehensive career development program that includes job skills training, credentials, career coaching, work experience, and job placement assistance.
A Healthy Planet Begins with a Strong Foundation
The Sierra Club Foundation promotes efforts to educate and empower people to protect and improve the natural and human environment. We partner with individual and institutional donors to align financial resources with strategic outcomes, provide flexible funding for innovation, build capacity in the environmental movement, and create partnerships with a broad spectrum of allied organizations around shared values and goals. As the fiscal sponsor of the charitable programs of the Sierra Club, we provide resources to it and other nonprofit organizations to support scientific, educational, literary, organizing, advocacy, and legal programs that further our goals.
Where leadership and the power of effective giving come together
The East Bay Community Foundation is the leading resource for information about charitable giving and community needs in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. We enhance the quality of life for the people of Alameda and Contra Costa counties through grant making, community-building initiatives, and research. We deepen philanthropy by providing an array of expert services to those who hold charitable funds with us and by focusing on advancing economic opportunity for adults and families in need and on ensuring very young children are successful in the education system so they have economic opportunity when they become adults. Last year we granted $47.67 million to nonprofit organizations. Our charitable assets under management total more than $331 million.
Giving The Bay a Voice Since 1961
Save The Bay is the largest regional organization working to protect, restore and celebrate San Francisco Bay since 1961. Save The Bay engages more than 50,000 supporters, advocates, and volunteers to protect the Bay from pollution and reckless shoreline development and make it cleaner and healthier for people and wildlife. Save The Bay is leading a region-wide effort to re-establish 100,000 acres of tidal marsh that are essential for a healthy Bay. Volunteers from the community, local businesses, and schools work with our science team to perform hands-on restoration of the Bay shoreline. Save The Bay inspires the next generation of Bay activists through our award-winning restoration education programs.
Supporting Indigenous Peoples. Protecting the Amazon.
Amazon Watch works to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. We partner with indigenous and environmental organizations in campaigns for human rights, corporate accountability and the preservation of the Amazon's ecological systems. In the Amazon region of Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, Amazon Watch is working directly with indigenous communities to build local capacity and advance the long-term protection of their lands.