Here are a couple ways our clients are building something beautiful in their communities!
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EAST BAY ASIAN LOCAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION Oakland, CA
Gift: Safe and affordable homes for East Bay residents. Emphasizing its historic and continuing commitment to Asian and Pacific Islander communities, the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) works with and for all the diverse populations for the East Bay to build healthy, vibrant and safe neighborhoods.
INNER CITY ADVISORS Oakland, CA
Gift: Improves communities by developing a small business landscape that offers good local jobs to people with high barriers to employment. ICA, with its partner Fund Good Jobs, is in the business of cultivating good jobs. There is an untapped pool of human talent in the Bay Area, and ICA is working tirelessly with entrepreneurs, advisors, and employees to engage it and empower it. They achieve this by educating, advising, and investing in small business owners.
CIVICORPS Oakland, CA
Gift: Provides young people who don’t fit into the traditional high school with a hands-on, enriching, and career-focused environment. With over 30 years of experience, Civicorps has created the model for a successful full-service community school for 18-26 year-olds who have dropped out of high-school. Their rigorous academics, successful integration of paid job training, trauma-focused services, and in-depth career and college counseling reintegrates some of Oakland’s most vulnerable youth back into the community.
SEATTLE GIRLS’ SCHOOL Seattle, WA
Gift: Provides middle school girls with a vigorous education and holistic curriculum that cultivates strong individuals. At Seattle Girls’ School, the girls are at the center of it all. With many young women dropping out of the study of math, science, and technology in their early years, Seattle Girls’ School is empowering girls to become leaders within their communities and beyond.
MERCY HOUSING Northwest – Washington
Gift: Mercy Housing is a national nonprofit organization working to build a humane world where poverty is alleviated. With large populations of individuals stuck in financial and economic instability, there is a high need for programs to help these groups of people get back on their feet. Mercy Housing provides educational programs along with affordable housing, empowering individuals in the communities they serve to make their dreams and hopes a reality.
FULL CIRCLE FARMS Washington
Gift: Full Circle Farms brings quality, local produce to your door. Starting as a 5-acre farm and growing into a large network of family farms all over the west coast. Full Circle Farms has continually connected people directly to the growers and artisans responsible for its food, all while promoting health and convenient delivery.
ENERGY WISE Oregon
Gift: Over the next 15 years, Oregon non-profits will receive millions of dollars in the form of host fees and savings off their electric bills. When Energy Wise entered the solar industry in 2009, after 10 years manufacturing energy efficient lighting, it was more than just a smart business decision. For founder and owner Peter Greenberg, it was an opportunity to help Oregon reduce its carbon footprint, support good jobs and build a renewable energy pipeline for years to come. Having installed over 3.5 megawatts of solar arrays on over 75 sites in Oregon and with 2.0 megawatts in the pipeline, Energy Wise knows solar and has made going green easy.
LAUGHING PLANET CAFE Oregon
Gift: Blazing a new paradigm for wholesome food that is fun, affordable and socially responsible. The more than ten cafes sprawling over Portland, Eugene, Corvallis, and Reno, NV, offer locally sourced burritos, salads, bowls, smoothies, an organic green juice bar and, according to many, the best micro-brews available on tap. The vision is simple: work with local purveyors whenever possible, source high-quality ingredients and make nutritious fare accessible to more people – all in a fun, quirky environment. Every Laughing Planet Café is a meeting spot, a community-building forum, and a place to sit and talk with friends and strangers.