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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Environment

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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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GirlVentures

Mission Statement: GirlVentures is a unique Bay Area nonprofit that empowers adolescent girls to develop and express their strengths through outdoor adventure and leadership courses. GirlVentures deliberately recruits Bay Area girls from a variety of backgrounds, helping them to Live Healthy, Relate Wisely and Lead Confidently. Two-thirds of girls on each course come from low- to middle-income families and receive partial or full scholarships to participate. Our school year and summer courses build connections with our natural environment, as well as confidence and character that girls bring back to their lives at home, in school and in the community.

Description: Our courses connect youth with the outdoors through 7-14 day expeditions that are enticing and accessible. Complete with transportation, top quality gear, healthy food, professional, fun and compassionate instructors, and a robust curriculum, our appropriately challenging adventures engage youth in discovering their inner fortitude and realizing they are capable of so much more than they thought. These extended periods in nature with intentional reflections (sola time, daily writing, etc.) help girls find their place in the natural environment and begin to feel sustained and nurtured by it. Girls are often astounded to realize the beauty and wonder in their ‘backyard’ when they round the bend on their hike out of Point Reyes and see both the breathtaking ocean vista behind them and the skyline of San Francisco/home in front of them. These experiences foster a sense of stewardship and a desire to protect their new-found friend: mother nature. Curriculum along the way reinforces their discoveries about how connected we are with the land & waterways as we discuss LNT ethics and witness our own impact. Our approach is strength-based, affording girls the time and space to take healthy risks, both physical and emotional. Girls learn to trust and support themselves and one another while kayaking, backpacking, rock-climbing and more. Girls go back to school, home and their communities with a renewed sense of confidence, character and connection with nature. From self-care to alliance building; from creative expression, to leadership and decision-making; from technical skills, to teambuilding; a connection with the environmental is woven throughout our courses.

Website: www.girlventures.org

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Golden Gate Audubon Society

Mission Statement: Golden Gate Audubon Society engages people to: --Experience the wonder of birds and translate that wonder into action, and --Protect native bird populations and their habitats.

Description: Founded in 1917, Golden Gate Audubon Society is an independent, local chapter of national Audubon that serves the communities of San Francisco and the coastal East Bay (Berkeley, Oakland, Alameda, Albany, Richmond, Orinda etc.). We fight to protect Bay Area birds and their habitats, we help restore damaged habitats, and we provide environmental education to about 700 low-income elementary schoolchildren in San Francisco, Oakland, and Richmond. We also offer a wide array of birding education programs for the general public, including more than 100 free field trips each year, birding classes, guest speakers, publications etc. If you want to help birds -- or if you simply want to learn about birds -- GGAS is the place for you!

Website: www.goldengateaudubon.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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CommunityGrows, A Project of the Tides Center

Mission Statement: CommunityGrows mission is to cultivate healthy youth through growing gardens in low-income communities. Our tagline is: Planting seeds...empowering youth.

Description: Altogether, CommunityGrows will serve more than 1,300 youth (ages 5 to 19) in 2013. We operate the following three inter-connected programs that provide educational enrichment, specifically environmental education, and encourage healthy behaviors. Environmental Education during the school day, after-school and during the summer. A Seed to Mouth Cooking program teaching healthy eating and cooking. A green jobs training program for teens 15-19 years.

Website: communitygrows.org

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Self-Sustaining Communities

Mission Statement: To assist in creating a systemic change in the SF East Bay area where basic survival needs of food, shelter, energy and social inclusion are met in green, local ways, by and for the residents in challenged areas predominantly in Richmond, CA, but not limited thereto, through sweat equity.

Description: Provide materials and assistance for the creation to date of four urban farms in challenged areas of Richmond, including chickens, beehive building, rainwater harvesting, aquaponics and solar set-ups. We have distributed to date over 11,455 olive, nut and fruit trees directly into low income neighborhoods for those residents to plant and harvest themselves. We have built a demonstration building structure on one of the sites made of local clay, recycled wood and recycled windows, to move buildings into green, local and beautiful works of art, accessible and do-able by the community.

Website: www.self-sustainingcommunities.org

Our Experience With Party Corps:

While we are just entering into a relationship with Party Corps, we are very grateful to have been contacted and are looking forward to collaborating on positive works for a good time to come. Thank you.

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Rooted In Community

Mission Statement: Rooted In Community's (RIC) mission is to be a vehicle for youth voice and power in the food justice movement. Our overarching goal is to support the work of young people, particularly youth of color, and their mentors in the food movement. We do this by creating a point of entry into the national food movement and providing resources and training to bolster work on the ground and in the policy arena.

Description: RIC is a national network of youth food justice leaders from low-income and communities of color dedicated to transforming their food systems to regenerate community health and economies. RIC unites young leaders at trainings, conferences, and coordinates campaigns to transform communities through food systems change, arts activism, and grassroots leadership. RIC creates space for youth to cultivate leadership and a heart of service that prepares them to be agents of prosperity through agriculture, business entrepreneurship, honoring sacred traditions, holistic health education, and community organizing.

Website: www.rootedincommunity.org, www.youthfoodbillofrights.com

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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

Our Experience With Party Corps:

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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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Action For Nature

Mission Statement: Action For Nature is an international nonprofit organization whose purpose is, “Encouraging young people to take personal action to nurture and protect a healthy environment, on which all life depends.”

Description: Founded by Shimon Schwarzschild in 1982, Action For Nature is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California. The young people who contribute their stories, pictures, insights, and achievements are at the heart of what Action For Nature stands for. We believe the younger generations’ energy and ideas are too valuable to be ignored. With this in mind, we created the International Young Eco-Hero Awards which give young people both the motivation, and the means, to continue creating positive change for the natural world. Through the annual Eco-Hero Awards, Action For Nature recognizes youth ages 8-16 from all over the world, for their environmental activism and community projects. Award recipients receive up to $500 in funding towards their project, an award certificate, and other forms of support and recognition. Each year the Eco-Heroes have a few important things in common: they demonstrate curiosity about the natural world, a desire to engage fully in their projects, and a vision for a healthier, sustainable future. Action For Nature seeks to inspire and promote these values for years to come.

Website: www.actionfornature.org

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RE-volv

Mission Statement: RE-volv empowers people and communities to invest collectively in renewable energy.

Description: RE-volv lets anyone and everyone chip in to help build renewable energy projects in the United States. We help communities by lowering their electricity bills and teaching people about renewable energy, while we continually reinvest our funds into more and more solar projects. Together, we are planting seeds for a renewable energy future!

Website: www.re-volv.org

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Amazon Watch

Mission Statement: Amazon Watch is a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 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.

Description: 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. In partnership with communities, non-governmental organizations, concerned shareholders and citizens, we utilize strategies that influence decision makers to honor indigenous rights, strengthen capacity of indigenous communities and partner organizations, seek permanent protection for threatened areas, and educate shareholders and corporate executives and the general public. By building awareness and promoting green economic alternatives to the current export-oriented development model, we are helping to bring about a shift within key institutions and society.

Website: www.amazonwatch.org

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The 5 Gyres Institute

Mission Statement: The mission of 5 Gyres is to scientifically measure the extent of plastic pollution and its effects on the health of people and animals; to report the findings, raising awareness of the extent and significance of the problem; to capitalize on the increased consciousness and drive systemic change in product design as well as the use, collection and disposal of plastic.

Description: We work to transform society towards sustainability by researching how plastic waste affects our planet and people, and educating citizens, governments and corporations on how to effect change. We do this through a variety of channels: Research - Collect comprehensive scientific data on plastic pollution from source to sea in the world’s watersheds and gyres; Education – Engage and empower communities and educational institutions with information and tools to communicate the problem and implement solutions Solutions – Collaborate with industry, governments, citizens and communities, to employ tailored strategies to reduce waste generation and accumulation. Communications – Inspire and activate people to engage in and share information and solutions through traditional and new media, and pioneering use of communication technologies.

Website: 5gyres.org

Our Experience With Party Corps:

Not yet - but we look forward to working with you!

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Alemany Farm

Mission Statement: Friends of Alemany Farm is a volunteer group that manages the horticulture, volunteer, and educational programs at Alemany Farm, a 3-acre organic farm ecosystem in southeast San Francisco. Our Mission Friends of Alemany Farm grows food security and educates local residents about how they can become their own food producers. We strive to increase ecological knowledge and habitat value, and to sow the seeds for economic and environmental justice.

Description: Friends of Alemany Farm pursues four main goals: • Fostering Environmental Education by introducing children and adults to the idea that local food production can be part of a healthy ecosystem, and inspiring visitors to start their own gardens at home. • Boosting Food Resilience by providing organic, healthy food to community members. • Growing Leaders through the communal ethic of the barn-raising that encourages people to play an active role in decision-making. • Promoting Ecological-Economic Development by using urban agriculture as a way to develop green job skills.

Website: www.alemanyfarm.org

Our Experience With Party Corps:

In September of 2008, Party Corps organized a fundraiser at San Francisco's Rickshaw Stop for Alemany Farm. It was an AWESOME event — a rockin party, a wonderful community gathering, and good time had by all. We raised more than $1,000 for our community farm, a significant amount considering that our annual budget is just $5,000. Equally important, we made plenty of new friends and supporters, people who eventually became regular volunteers and important players in effort to make SF more food secure.

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Food Shift

Mission Statement: Food Shift is dedicated to solving the problem of food waste. We increase awareness around the social and environmental impacts of wasted food and create replicable programs and tools to help divert food loss in homes, businesses and municipalities. By reducing food waste, Food Shift is feeding the hungry, creating jobs, combating global warming, conserving natural resources and cultivating more sustainable communities.

Description: Food Shift works collaboratively with communities, businesses and governments to increase awareness and shift behaviors toward a more sustainable use of food. Food Shift educates communities and provide tools and resources that help reduce waste and save money. Food Shift develops systems to collect and redistribute food to feed the hungry, provide jobs and reduce waste.

Website: www.foodshift.net

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I am the founder and director of Food Shift.  We are working to develop sustainable strategies that reduce food waste.  I like the idea of Party Corps.  We were one of their early events so it wasn't that well attended but I'm sure with some more publicity they can make the events better every time.  We are grateful for the opportunity to share our work!

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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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Womens Earth Alliance

Mission Statement: Women's Earth Alliance partners with community-based organizations globally to uplift local solutions to issues of water, food, land, and climate change by providing women with trainings, resources, and advocacy support.

Description: Women’s Earth Alliance is one of the few organizations working at the intersections of women’s rights and the environment. WEA helps women secure their rights and safety and remove barriers to full participation in society by supporting them in addressing the environmental issues impacting their lives. And, by bringing women’s leadership to these critical environmental issues, WEA brings vital voices, perspectives and participation to addressing the greatest and most basic challenges of our time.

Website: www.womensearthalliance.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