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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Economic Development

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Bay Localize

Mission Statement: We inspire and support Bay Area residents in building equitable, resilient communities. We confront the challenges of climate instability, rising energy costs, and recession by boosting our region's capacity to provide for everyone's needs, sustainably and equitably. We achieve this by equipping local leaders with flexible tools, models, and policies that strengthen their communities.

Description: The goal is clear. Reaching it means coming to terms with climate change, our addiction to oil, and deep social inequalities. Bay Localize creates innovative solutions for communities to meet basic needs in ways that harness local resources creatively, sustainably, and equitably. We catalyze change at the community level by providing tools to chart a path to resilience, and ramping up good models to scale through local policy change. Bay Localize focuses our work where we live in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, but our tools and models are replicated throughout the country and the world. Bay Localize believes that vibrant local economies and healthy communities are the answer to our growing challenges. They are the best safeguard against global insecurity, an essential part of achieving social equity, and a vital way to enrich our day-to-day lives. Join Bay Localize in creating a hopeful and vibrant future for us all.

Website: www.baylocalize.org/

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Building Opportunity for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS)

Mission Statement: Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS) helps families and individuals overcome homelessness and rebuild their lives. BOSS provides shelter, housing, job & housing search, skill-building, health care, and other services that support self-sufficiency. The mission of BOSS is to help homeless, poor, and disabled people achieve health and self-sufficiency, and to fight against the root causes of poverty and homelessness. The organization was founded in 1971 by a group of volunteers who responded to the needs of mentally ill individuals being released to the streets by state hospital closures.

Description: BOSS provides comprehensive services that help homeless families and individuals move from homelessness to homes ~ with improved skills and knowledge of resources so they can stay healthy and housed. Moreover, BOSS is an award-winning grassroots organization that combines neighborhood-based housing and assistance programs with a strong social justice focus—actively working to change the root causes of homelessness through community education, sharing our data and lessons with policy makers, participating in community planning, and organizing for improved policies and resources for homeless people.

Website: http://www.self-sufficiency.org/

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CHALK

Mission Statement: CHALK is a youth-led San Francisco project providing a range of youth services with a specific focus on transformative youth development and employment. CHALK trains and employs in-risk youth as front line service providers for their peers. Our philosophy is that young people can do anything with the appropriate amount of training and support. CHALK = Communities in Harmony Advocating for Learning and Kids. CHALK is a program of Bay Area Community Resources, a regional nonprofit agency.

Description: Each year, CHALK employs and develops 50+ in-risk youth, ages 14-24. Youth receive over 100 hours of paid job and life skills training throughout their employment. Youth also receive ongoing case management and academic support. Half of the youth CHALK serves are on probation, and for those youth CHALK provides a court advocate to support them to meet their probationary requirements and ultimately get off of probation.

Website: www.chalk.org

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New Incentives

Mission Statement: To give money directly to poor individuals that is conditional upon improvement.

Description: Many of the world’s poorest people are stuck in a cycle of poverty. Living at the bottom of the economic ladder forces them to make choices between their survival today and a better future for tomorrow. To provide an escape to this vicious cycle, many communities have designed solutions that address this multifaceted problem with direct, conditioned, money transfers. New Incentives partners with these communities to fund their solutions. By making a transfer, you will not only be changing someone’s reality today and enabling them to invest in their futures. You will also be empowering communities to continue designing and administering the solutions they know work best.

Website: newincentives.org

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One Degree

Mission Statement: One Degree is revolutionizing the way low-income families connect to poverty-fighting resources. With a web platform that's like a Yelp for nonprofits, information about community programs is aggregated in one place -- making it easy for low-income families to access critical life-saving resources. Imagine millions of people being able to access, rate, review and get information about their local resources, like food banks, employment services and afterschool programs. We are an award-winning nonprofit organization with plans for aggressive nationwide expansion. In addition to our do-gooder mission, deep down inside One Degree is a tech company focused on providing smart solutions to tough problems that have plagued our social safety net. Our goal is to eradicate poverty, and we need your talent to make this happen.

Description: Using our web and mobile platforms, we want to shift the power back to people in low-income communities by revolutionizing access to social services and democratizing the nonprofit industry. We will make information about local services available to all families and give them the ability to review quality of service. Our solution is to build the best-in-class and most trusted Yelp-like web and mobile application where anyone can access, review, and share information about local nonprofit resources. Food pantries, clinics, and after-school programs will all be accessible instantly. It will revolutionize the way teachers, counselors, nonprofit workers, families, and many others get up-to-date, user-generated information about social services.

Website: 1deg.org

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Canal Alliance

Mission Statement: Canal Alliance helps low-income, Spanish-speaking immigrants acquire the tools they need to thrive.

Description: Incorporated in 1982, Canal Alliance is a comprehensive community resource center that helps low-income, Spanish-speaking immigrants from the greater Marin through access to health and social services, youth development, economic security, and citizenship. We provide the full spectrum of immigrant integration initiatives under one roof—from basic services to systemic solutions. No other single organization offers Marin’s immigrant community the breadth of services that we do. Canal Alliance services address all barriers to immigrant integration faced by our clients, and our cutting edge evaluation processes allow us to clearly measure progress toward integration. Our bilingual, bi-cultural staff are unrivaled in their ability to understand the needs of Marin’s low-income immigrant populations, and are highly networked with public agencies and community providers to ensure immigrants are connected to appropriate services. Serving the community for 30 years, we have earned the trust of immigrants as a cornerstone organization in the Canal neighborhood.

Website: http://www.canalalliance.org/

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EarthTeam

Mission Statement: Building the Next Step in Environmental Education: using the environment as a context for learning our commitment is to increase environmental literacy and service-learning project opportunities to help students become critical thinkers, informed decision makers, and environmental leaders for the future.

Description: Our Sustainable Youth Development Program is aimed at developing and implementing high quality environmental education content standards in participating Title 1 public schools. Our goal is to provide as many youth as possible with in-class support and out-of-class project experiences that offer students the inspiration, knowledge, skills and leadership opportunities to take an active role in a more sustainable future.

Website: www.earthteam.net

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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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Surf For Life

Mission Statement: Surf For Life is dedicated to improving the impact of tourism through community-based health and education projects. Volunteer. Travel. Surf.

Description: We work with local communities and strong Local Partners to identify and design projects such as schools, health clinics, and community centers - creating sustainable projects by maximizing the level of community ownership and engagement. These projects are made a reality by the passion and hardwork of our Surf For Life volunteers.We offer a unique opportunity for people to experience a new and altruistic kind of travel that takes individual vacation to the next level. Our trips are open to everyone – from experienced surfers to anyone who wants to travel and lend a helping hand.

Website: www.surfforlife.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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Oasis For Girls

Mission Statement: Oasis For Girls partners with girls and young women of color from under-resourced communities to help them discover opportunities and explore their dreams. Our youth development programs provide a safe space to cultivate the skills, knowledge, and confidence to build strong futures for themselves and their communities.

Description: The Springboard Series for Girls is a yearlong sequence that emphasizes the development of both internal awareness and external skills. The Series provides girls with opportunities to create trusting relationships with positive, supportive adults, to develop a sense of identity and partnership within their group, and to build and practice key skills. 1 | Life Skills: “Discovering Myself" focuses on positive decision-making to navigate the challenges of adolescence. Workshop topics include safer sex, self-defense, healthy relationships, nutrition, and more. 2 | Arts Education: “Discovering My World” emphasizes the development of creative writing skills toward improved academic performance and healthy self expression. The Arts Education program is offered through an innovative collaboration with WritersCorps. 3 | College & Career: “Building My Future” combines hands-on technology training, academic support, and job readiness skills to support young women in paving a path to school and career.

Website: sfoasis.org

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Real Options for City Kids (R.O.C.K.)

Mission Statement: Real Options for City Kids (R.O.C.K.) is dedicated to nurturing the healthy development of children by listening attentively to their needs and by providing opportunities to those who might not otherwise have access.

Description: R.O.C.K.’s programs are designed to serve over 500 children ages 6-17 utilizing a proven youth development framework. Programs span the entire year and take place during the school day, after school, weekends and over the summer. R.O.C.K. provides sports/fitness, academic support, learning enrichment, community service, outdoor adventures, leadership training and job opportunities to a community lacking in resources.

Website: www.rocksf.org

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CoFED (The Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive)

Mission Statement: CoFED, the Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive, is a national training program and support network that equips student leaders to grow cooperative, sustainable food businesses.

Description: After launching nationally in the Fall of 2010 with support from Michael Pollan, Bill McKibben, and many others, CoFED has worked with over 40 student teams starting or operating cooperative, sustainable food ventures on their campus. We provide students with intensive, summer-camp-like retreats to learn valuable skills such as fundraising and business-planning as well as coaching to grow their markets, cafes or other cooperatively-run local food businesses.

Website: www.cofed.org

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Green For All

Mission Statement: Green For All is a national organization working to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.

Description: Green For All is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy. We work in collaboration with the business, government, labor, and grassroots communities to increase quality jobs and opportunities in the green industry – all while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of our agenda.

Website: www.greenforall.org