Current Projectsa list of some of our current projects
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At TEDxPhoenix, TEDTalks and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and personal connections
Our mission is to reduce the rate of child drowning in Indonesia through innovative and multifaceted intervention. Our main tenants are education and instruction through which we prevent drowning events before they happen and provide individuals with the knowledge and know-how should a drowning occur. Our team is made up of certified professionals that have years of experience in CPR training, swim instruction, water safety, oceanography, sailing, surfing and community research.
Women’s Achievement Network and Development Alliance (WANDA) is a privately funded non-profit that is successfully increasing the economic self-suficiency of low-income, single mothers in the San Francisco Bay area. WANDA provides education, networking and a structured 2:1 savings match program that is used by single moms toward an asset-based goal such as a home, retirement, or an education.
American Society of Evidence-Based Policing
The American Society of Evidence-Based Policing is a non-profit organization designed to drive the national conversation towards ensuring that the least harmful, most effective, fairest and safest research-based strategies are employed to prevent crime, reduce harm and improve community wellness.
America Adapts Climate Change Podcast
A changing climate presents humanity with only one option: adapt. On the America Adapts podcast, we explore the challenges presented by adapting to climate change, the national movement that has begun to drive change, and the approaches that the field’s best minds believe are already working. Join climate change adaptation expert Doug Parsons as he talks with scientists, activists, policymakers and journalists about the choices we face and the people who make them. The climate adaptation conversation, and the movement, starts here. America Adapts – building a community of Adapters!
Launch Pad Santa Cruz
Providing free books for low income families, foster kids or homeless youth in Santa Cruz County. Launch Pad collects children’s books from a variety of sources such as but are definitely not limited to, families that have outgrown them, teachers that are retiring, libraries that are overstocked and authors that want to make a contribution.
Vietnam Education Project
Our mission is to improve the lives of people in rural Vietnam, specifically by exposing children in targeted areas to more educational opportunities. We do this by providing summer education and enrichment programs focusing on English language development, and by conducting teaching training to develop prospective Vietnamese teachers. We want to bridge the cultural and language barrier between local Vietnamese, overseas Vietnamese descendants and Americans.
Eamon Cannon Comedy Project
An innovative program using stand-up comedy to instill pride, confidence, and skills in young people from the inner city.
BAY–Peace supports and empowers Bay Area youth to transform militarism and other forms of violence through youth organizing and artistic resistance. We offer a holistic youth leadership program that integrates vocational development, artistic expression, socio-political education, community organizing, healing and personal transformation.
KACODE is committed to addressing and alleviating the negative effects of the HIV/AIDS pandemic which has brought about a lot of suffering, dehumanization, poverty and misery among communities in Uganda. KACODE is currently running HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support programs with a wide range of activities ranging from public awareness campaigns, training for at risk youths, education support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs), and economic empowerment of widows/caregivers living with HIV/AIDS.
Climate Disobedience Center
The purpose of the Center is to serve as a catalyst for direct action, creating points of vivid moral clarity, emboldening both climate activists and the unlikeliest of allies, to capture the heart and soul of the climate debate.
Abe Farag Family Foundation
The Abe Farag Family Foundation’s mission is to encourage and fund education and innovation projects
Camp Common Ground
A summer camp that brings racially and economically diverse middle schoolers together. We equip them with the leadership, social-emotional, and cultural competencies that they’ll use to develop meaningful relationships with each other. And we have so much fun!
Our mission is to harness local talent in the fields of design, engineering, and manufacturing with the aim of contributing to philanthropic projects. Makers4Good.org works to set up giving partnerships between makers and like-minded nonprofits. The makers donate to their partner organization 100% of the profits for a specific product.
South Bay Philharmonic
We are musicians who come together to rehearse and perform orchestral music. We’re unique among “community orchestras” because we accept players with a wide range of skill levels, from perhaps “high-school level” to near “professional.” If you play an instrument and you like classical music, you’re welcome to talk to us about joining!
HexLab Makerspace is a community workshop giving people access to learn new crafts, use our specialized tools and teach classes. We offer public access to 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC machines and many more amazing tools. Monthly memberships are available as well.
Our sons chose to drink, and they chose to take a pill when it was offered to them. These choices were mistakes, and my boys paid the ultimate price for them. Our family was changed forever.we are choosing to honor our sons, Nick and Jack, with the creation of the 525 Foundation – their hockey numbers were 5 and 25. Our goal is to prevent another family from having to endure the pain of such a tragedy through outreach, education and support.
Smile Design Gallery
Smile Design Gallery merges art with the mission of providing dental treatment for people who need care. The gallery believes social enterprise can move the great masses of humanity forward, and with a passion for art, its founders have tapped the “art market” to do just that.
Culvee is a fundraising platform that raises money for college education. By bringing verified students directly to the donors, Culvee is able to connect citizen philanthropists to contribute and invest in the future of these bright students. Culvee evaluates and selects students not just based on academic achievements and financial backgrounds but also on their desire and drive to succeed.
The mission of Options Collaborative is to provide services and resources for the at-risk population of Nipomo and the surrounding area. Those who are considered “at-risk” are individuals & families who are homeless, foster youth, those who identify as LGBTQ+, and veterans. It is our mission to promote the health and well-being of those in our geographic area through the cooperation of like-minded agencies, organizations and the community.
Give Us Your Poor
Give US Your Poor is a national public education campaign addressing homelessness. It is housed at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy & Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. In 1999, Give US Your Poor began as a documentary film project looking at homelessness, and has grown into a wider education campaign utilizing networks, media, public support, and the latest research on homelessness. From the beginning, Give US Your Poor has existed not to compete with other homeless organizations, but rather to complement and work with them.
Blue Heart elevates the stories and solutions of communities on the frontlines of today’s most entrenched social challenges. We find the under-the-radar organizations who are doing transformational work on the ground and help bridge the funding gap.
Permaculture Action Network
Permaculture Action Network works at the intersection of art, music, and regenerative culture. We offer people a pathway to take action locally where they live to create empowered communities. By connecting educators, community organizers, grassroots projects, and performance artists, we mobilize diverse audiences to build a regenerative and just world while pushing community and ecological justice to the center of society’s cultural narrative.
We’re like a coding bootcamp, but free, and we cover more than just web development. Our full-time program is longer than most at six months, it’s followed by job placement, and it’s specifically for local women and non-binary femme adults in need. Companies partner with us to provide mentoring and to formulate student criteria and curriculum.
MHAction is a growing national movement of manufactured home owners who work to protect the affordability and quality of their communities through local and state campaigns.
Fruitridge Community Collaborative
Fruit Ridge Community Collaborative (FRCC) is a non-profit management organization which oversees and assists with the growth and support of 22 community non-profit-partner tenants, their programs and services. The collective of tenant organizations work to reduce health disparities across a broad range of community issue areas for children, adult-age youth and seniors, addressing environmental and social determinants of health, youth development and juvenile justice, arts and culture, access to health services, education, and employment.
Brown Girl Surf
Brown Girl Surf works to build a more diverse, environmentally reverent, and joyful women’s surf culture by increasing access to surfing, cultivating community, amplifying the voices of women of color surfers, and taking care of the earth.
The ClimateMusic Project’s mission is to create and perform science-guided music to awaken, educate, and inspire a broad and diverse audience to engage actively on the issue of climate change.
Online SOS is a nonprofit that serves and supports people experiencing online harassment. Online harassment goes beyond cyber-bullying to include stalking, threats of violence, hacking, impersonation, and nonconsensual pornography, among other forms. We provide free, direct services for those experiencing any type of online harassment.
African Human Rights Coalition
The African Human Rights Coalition (AHRC) works with LGBTI communities and individuals in African countries seeking to claim and defend their human rights. We provide advocacy, resources and direct services to advance this mission in the U.S.A and in African countries.
Net-Zero Energy Coalition
The Net-Zero Energy Coalition is a change agent, enabling the industry to more rapidly transition to building zero energy, thereby reducing carbon emissions across North America. NZEC’s efforts place a keen focus on bridging the knowledge gap between the Innovators and the emerging Early Adopter market. As the only organization solely focused on zero energy in North America, the Coalition will provide trustworthy and easy access to information and resources, and engage the market. We aim to simplify the adoption of zero energy for our customers, enabling them to accelerate their zero energy business development.
El Camalito Collective
El Comalito Collective is an art gallery and community space that showcases underrepresented artists through a variety of media that spark consciousness. Our mission is to create networks that build support and foster opportunities for marginalized voices through works that explore the intersections of (but not limited to) race, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, and gender, through a decolonial lens. This is a space for and by community.
Fair Budget Coalition
Since our founding in 1994, the Fair Budget Coalition (FBC) has brought together human and legal services providers, community members directly impacted by poverty, professional advocates, faith organizations, and concerned D.C. residents to advocate for a District budget and public policies that address poverty and human needs. Now comprised of over 60 member organizations, we were born out of the value that everyone stands to benefit when organizations working to alleviate poverty come together to promote a shared agenda.