Good Causes

Project AMPLIFI supports small non-profit organizations by raising their public visibility, providing access to new supporters, and producing music-based events on behalf of select organizations. 

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Arts & Culture

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Girls Leadership Institute

Mission Statement: The Girls Leadership Institute is changing the face of leadership. We inspire girls to be true to themselves by teaching the practices of emotional intelligence, assertive self-expression and healthy relationships, giving girls the skills and confidence to live as leaders.

Description: For ten years, the Girls Leadership Institute (GLI) has awakened thousands of girls to a life of authentic leadership. Co-founded by bestselling author and girl-expert Rachel Simmons, we are a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization providing transformational programs to girls, their parents, and their educational communities. At GLI, we offer camps and workshops designed to teach girls, educators and parents the core practices of emotional intelligence, healthy relationships, and assertive self-expression. Taught by professional, salaried instructors, all GLI programs use interactive lessons and theatre-based techniques to help girls connect with their emotions and practice the tools of building healthy, authentic relationships. The courses are age-appropriate and progressive, following girls’ developmental needs from grade school through high school.

Website: www.girlsleadership.org

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Horizons Unlimited of San Francisco. Inc.

Mission Statement: Mission: Horizons Unlimited of San Francisco, Inc. is a youth development and empowerment organization rooted in community service and advocacy. Culturally competent and linguistically sensitive programs are driven by the needs of our youth and reflect the diversity of the population serviced. Horizons primary goal is to engage, educate, and inspire youth.

Description: Horizons Unlimited of San Francisco, Inc. (Horizons), is a community based organization, located in the northeast sector of the Mission District; and has historically been a major point of access for Latino native, immigrant, newcomer, and other youth of color and their families. Horizons was established in 1965 by a small group of community individuals to provide employment and education opportunities for at risk youth. In the 1970’s Horizons provided job readiness services through Federal work programs, and began to offer substance abuse prevention and substance abuse treatment services in 1985, gender specific services (for young women) in 1994, youth specific employment services in 1990; entrepreneurial services in 2000, and gender specific (for young men) in 2008. Horizons has a history of providing culturally competent high appeal programs, that are based on Horizons theory of change (which is predicated on the notion that change is only possible when it is envisioned and desired, is tied to a personal belief system, celebrates cultural values and traditions, understands and considers risk factors and incorporates appropriate protective factors, and uses assets as a means for attainment of client driven goal), evidenced and community best practices, and youth development and leadership principles that promotes inclusiveness and youth becoming stakeholders in their own success. It has been our intention to unite and prioritize the health of Latino and other youth of color and their families who have been exposed to violence and trauma, yet lack access to, and face stigmatization in seeking prevention and treatment services.

Website: www.horizons-sf.org

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Children's Creativity Museum

Mission Statement: The Children’s Creativity Museum is an interactive art and technology museum for kids. Our mission is to nurture the 3C’s of 21st-century skills – Creativity, Collaboration and Communication – in all youth and families. We believe that the ability to think critically, collaborate broadly, communicate effectively and generate and prototype multiple solutions, is the core of a 21st-century education. We envision a world where creativity, collaboration and communication inspire new ideas and innovative solutions. We believe that the success of the next generation will hinge not only on what they know, but also on their ability to think and act creatively as global citizens.

Description: At the Children’s Creativity Museum, we are transforming the way kids learn. We move from the conventional approach of play to one of invention. We shift the focus from media consumption to media production. We promote collaboration over independence and engagement over isolation. These principles – combined with our educational approach that encourages kids to imagine, create and share – provide a new model for nurturing core 21st-century skills.

Website: www.creativity.org

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Streets Alive

Mission Statement: Streets Alive combines Art and Nature in the urban landscape by Transforming neglected spaces into public art and public gardens.

Description: Streets Alive!, an initiative of Earth Island Institute, works to promote community engagement and reclamation and improvement of public space. Our current initiatives include working with local artists to install sustainability themed artwork on utility boxes, and planting native and drought-tolerant plants in medians and neglected parklets. Streets Alive! engages and inspires communities and decision makers about the concepts and application of Sustainable principles. By using art as the platform for storytelling and communication, Streets Alive! turns neglected urban landscapes and infrastructure into vibrant art pieces and community gathering spaces.

Website: www.earthisland.org/streetsalive

Our Experience With Party Corps: Party Corps has helped other organizations fiscally sponsored by Earth Island Institute, such as Women's Earth Alliance.

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Little Opera

Mission Statement: The foundation of Little Opera is putting opera in the hands of children. Using real artists as models of artistic excellence, children and adult artists engage in the creation of original, all kid driven work. The result: A little opera. The vision of Little Opera is to create great humans through meaningful artistic experiences. Exploding the cultural assumption that opera is not for everyone, we believe that kids can create anything, and through creating, learn anything. We believe that good things happen when adults and children create work as equal partners, and that there is no great separation between work and play.

Description: Little Opera is a new all kids Opera Company in San Francisco that brings meaningful artistic experiences to children who would otherwise not have access to arts education. For seven months, Little Opera students spend three hours a week together creating an opera. From writing a story, to perfecting the libretto, composing music, designing and building sets and costumes, and performing the finished piece, students do it all. Every other session throughout the year features a master class taught by professional artists across a variety of disciplines. In this way, Little Opera students gain the skills needed to create their original work, while at the same time engaging with the professional arts community of the Bay Area.

Website: littleopera.org

Our Experience With Party Corps:

I am Founder and Direct of Little Opera, an all-kids opera company here in San Francisco. We were lucky enough to be contacted by Olivia at Party Corps last year, and were invited to be the beneficiaries of one of their fundraising concerts. As one of the earliest organizations they threw a party for, there weren't a huge number of people there. However, the event was very well run, with fantastic music to boot. I hope this organization explodes in popularity, because it deserves to.

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I am Founder and Direct of Little Opera, an all-kids opera company here in San Francisco. We were lucky enough to be contacted by Olivia at Party Corps last year, and were invited to be the beneficiaries of one of their fundraising concerts. As one of the earliest organizations they threw a party for, there weren't a huge number of people there. However, the event was very well run, with fantastic music to boot. I hope this organization explodes in popularity, because it deserves to.

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Wholly H2O

Mission Statement: Wholly H2O is a catalyst for sustainable, localized water management in California. Our education and outreach advances locally-appropriate solutions for water conservation. Certainly, this includes pragmatic reuse of rain, storm, gray, and black water. We mainstream aesthetically striking adoption of water-wise practices. Our purpose is to establish the efficaciousness of conservation and reuse to mitigate currently unsustainable demands on California water supplies and the corresponding environmental degradation of California’s riparian ecosystems, aka watersheds. The goal is to increase water supply and water quality security by using our water in the most appropriate manner possible given our real-time existing conditions and data, matching end use with the most appropriate water source. We focus our public education on art and beautiful design as strategies to bring these issues into the mainstream.

Description: Wholly H2O is currently emphasizing the connection between water sources and localized water conservation and reuse through our campaign's "Standing with the Watershed" (http://www.whollyh2o.org/services/standing-with-the-watershed.html), creating the "RIM: River in Motion Education Center" (http://www.whollyh2o.org/services/rim-river-in-motion.html) and our public sticker campaign, "What's On Tap?" (http://www.whollyh2o.org/services/what's-on-tap). We also work with policy makers, governmental and water agencies to develop education and outreach programs focused on rainwater harvesting and graywater reuse. We have a long history of organizing high level professional forums. panels and conferences. (http://www.whollyh2o.org/forums.html)

Website: www.whollyh2o.org

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Stern Grove Festival

Mission Statement: In 1932, Rosalie Meyer Stern purchased the land that she dedicated to her late husband, Sigmund Stern, and determined that the site would be preserved as a park in which the public could enjoy admission-free music, dance, and theater performances. Two weeks after the dedication, the San Francisco Symphony played the first concert at the Grove. In 1938, Mrs. Stern, then president of the San Francisco Recreation Commission, formed the non-profit Stern Grove Festival Association. 77 years later, the organization's mission guides the Festival to this day: - Provide high quality performances, free of charge, for all Bay Area residents and visitors -Provide paid performance opportunities for professional artists and performers - Serve diverse audiences by presenting a season of varied genres and artists - Enhance San Francisco's renown as a cultural center

Description: In 2014, Stern Grove Festival Association will present the 77th Season of admission-free concerts in San Francisco's treasured Sigmund Stern Grove. The wide selection of performers reflects the Festival's commitment to exceptional programming and to serving diverse audiences. A beloved Bay Area tradition, every summer Sunday, family and friends gather to relax, picnic, and enjoy performances by some of the world's greatest artists in this glorious natural setting.

Website: www.sterngrove.org

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The HIV Story Project

Mission Statement: The HIV Story Project uses multi-platform media and personal stories to advance HIV/AIDS education and awareness, support HIV/AIDS nonprofit organizations, fight the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS, and give a voice to the HIV positive community.

Description: We produce documentary films, public service announcements, fundraising videos, online content, non-profit profiles and oral history projects about, with and for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Website: www.thehivstoryproject.org

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Students of the World

Mission Statement: Students of the World (SOW) works with a national network of university students and creative professionals to produce media that inspires positive social action. We believe in the creative capacity of our generation, the transformative power of storytelling, and the value of highlighting positive change.

Description: The programs and productions we manage help to provide professional development opportunities for college students and emerging filmmakers, while fostering creative collaboration, cross-cultural perspectives and positive social change. Since partnering with Participant Media and pivot, we have created national production and distribution opportunities for the young filmmakers in our network. We also help causes and brands translate their campaigns into experiences and content that are credible, engaging and relevant to the millennial audience.

Website: www.studentsoftheworld.org

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PeaceTones

Mission Statement: PeaceTones’ mission is to foster rule of law from the ground up and create sustainable incomes for musicians living in communities torn apart by war, protracted conflict and natural disaster. We believe that by giving musicians with positive social messages the tools to protect their music and earn an income from it, we’re empowering communities to create and sustain their own economies, based on arts that are powerful, inspiring and valuable.

Description: We see ourselves as a fair trade music movement, empowering unknown musicians in developing nations with marketing and legal knowledge and access to online platforms to share their music globally. Using innovative learning and incentive models, we conduct expert-led workshops to educate these artists on their rights and tools to grow their careers.

Website: http://www.peacetones.org/

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The Nile Project

Mission Statement: Transform the Nile basin from an intractable geopolitical conflict to a model for regional cooperation and a wellspring of environmental resources.

Description: The Nile Project inspires, educates and empowers Nile citizens to work together to boost the sustainability of their ecosystem. Cross-cultural musical collaborations inspire curiosity, generate empathy, and promote dialogue. Informal workshops build on this paradigm shift to lead participants to uncover Nile challenges, explore solutions and discover their roles in achieving a more sustainable river basin. The Nile Network motivates them to take part of initiatives relevant to their expertise.

Website: nileproject.org

Our Experience With Party Corps:

Aside from funding opportunities, nonprofits seldom find the fundraising support they need. In one event, Party Corps helped the Nile Project raise more than $1,000, gave us the opportunity to share our unique work to an engaged audience, and gave us a chance to build a community out of our supporters and enthusiasts. Why aren't there more Party Corps in the world?

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Zoo Labs

Mission Statement: Zoo Labs is a hybrid residency/accelerator for music-makers -- the place where music, entrepreneurship, and technology intersect. Our goal is to develop new ways to support musicians and entrepreneurs—and our programs provide us with the perfect platform to research and test new concepts. Our mission is to put forth new models to support creative careers, especially those at the intersections of music and technology.

Description: Zoo Labs hosts residency programs for creative teams of musicians. Teams who participate in the residency live at Zoo Labs with exclusive access to a state-of-the-art recording studio and engineers to make music. Concurrently, Zoo Labs introduces musicians to business as a design-based craft that is compatible with their existing creative process. By facilitating a sustained and focused conversation around business and design concepts, Zoo Labs helps creators examine and integrate those concepts into a long-term strategy and redefine the ways things are done in the shifting landscape of the music industry.

Website: www.zoolabs.org

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Bread & Roses

Mission Statement: Hope and Healing through Live Music. Bread & Roses is dedicated to uplifting the human spirit by providing free, live, quality entertainment to people who live in institutions or are otherwise isolated from society. Our performances (1) enrich the soul and promote wellness through the healing power of the performing arts; (2) create a sense of community for our professional performers, with a non-commercial setting in which they can donate their talents to inspire and be inspired; and (3) provide an opportunity for non-performing volunteers to contribute a variety of skills and resources that support our humanitarian services and increase the impact of donor contributions. In carrying out its mission, Bread & Roses seeks to create a social awareness of people who are isolated from society, and to encourage the development of similar organizations in other communities.

Description: Bread & Roses serves about 120 agencies throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, presenting 600+ shows per year to approximately 30,000 audience members - elders, adults, teens and children - in convalescent homes, hospitals, drug & alcohol rehabilitation centers, homeless shelters, special needs schools, detention facilities and more. We book performers in residential and day facilities serving people who would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience live music and other live performance. We have over 1200+ volunteer performers, including musicians (in a wide variety of genres), comedians, dancers, magicians, storytellers, etc.

Website: www.breadandroses.org

Our Experience With Party Corps:

Not yet, but we have just agreed to work together, and Bread & Roses is enthusiastic about the collaboration.

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CoachArt

Mission Statement: CoachArt's mission is to improve the quality of life for children with chronic illnesses and their siblings by providing free lessons in the arts and athletics.

Description: CoachArt programs offer patients and siblings free lessons in the arts and athletics. We do this through our outpatient mentoring, activity clinics, in-hospital workshops and community events. The core of the CoachArt program is our outpatient mentoring where students are matched for 12 weekly lessons with qualified volunteer mentors skilled in the arts and athletics. activity clinics provide short- term instructive settings, for a small group of youth to learn a new skill and interact with other children. Our in-hospital workshops are monthly activity sessions that occur in one of our hospital or healthcare partner facilities. community events provide cultural, educational and recreational activities in the community for our patients and their families.

Website: www.coachart.org