Thinking of Life After COVID-19 for our Most Vulnerable Neighbors

March 27, 2020
Thinking of Life After COVID-19 for our Most Vulnerable Neighbors

Community Initiatives’ Response to COVID-19COVID-19 is a global public health crisis that asks all of us to make changes for the collective good. We are navigating this crisis with the help of other nonprofits, philanthropic and public entities and we ask you to help us if you can. For 24 years at Community Initiatives, we […]

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Welcoming Familiar and New Faces to our 2020 Open House

March 12, 2020
Open House Photo Gallery

This February, we held our second open house at our Oakland office. We were happy to welcome so many familiar faces, as well as new ones. We saw project directors exchanging business cards, met potential new project partners in person, and caught up with friends in and out of the nonprofit workforce. Our new, larger […]

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New Board Members Bring Fresh Perspective, Unique Experiences to Community Initiatives

February 20, 2020
New Board Members Bring Fresh Perspective, Unique Experiences to Community Initiatives

Meet the three new members of our board and join us as we thank two departing members for their service Community Initiatives is proud to welcome three new board members. These individuals reflect our diverse ecosystem and are both willing and able to tap into their wide range of work and life experiences to support […]

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Annual Survey: A close look at Community Initiatives in 2019

January 3, 2020
Annual Survey: A close look at Community Initiatives in 2019

In 2019, Community Initiatives continued our commitment to self-evaluation and again contracted with Research Evaluation Consulting (REC) for our annual Project Impact and Customer Satisfaction Survey. Thanks to the participation of 84% of project partners, we were able to take a comprehensive look at our collective activities and experiences.  We are thrilled to share highlights with […]

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Volunteerism at Work: The Power of Being in Service to Others

December 17, 2019
Volunteerism at Work: The Power of Being in Service to Others

  We started thinking about volunteerism at work after we organized our own team activities and found that it made us feel great, the data backs us up on it  A few years ago, the Japanese concept of ikigai took off in America. Ikigai, which translates to “reason to live” in Japanese, is the idea […]

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Fundraising: End the Year Strong and Look Forward to 2020

December 2, 2019
Fundraising: End the Year Strong and Look Forward to 2020

December is usually the time of year for relaxing by the fire with a nice cup of hot cocoa surrounded by family and friends, that is, unless your nonprofit work depends on fundraising. The last month of the year is when more than 30% of charitable giving takes place and 10% of all donations come […]

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Being in Service to Great Ideas: Community Initiatives’ Workshop at SF LGBT Center on Starting a Nonprofit

October 1, 2019
Being in Service to Great Ideas: Community Initiatives' Workshop at SF LGBT Center on Starting a Nonprofit

Community Initiatives partnered with the San Francisco LGBT Center to host a workshop September 26 in San Francisco on “How to Start Your Own Nonprofit” to members of the community interested in traditional and alternative ways to serve a community. At Community Initiatives, we have helped hundreds of advocacy groups, community organizations, after school programs […]

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Where There are Gaps in Education, Nonprofits are There to Advocate

September 10, 2019
Where There are Gaps in Education, Nonprofits are There to Advocate

  We shine the spotlight on some of the many Community Initiatives project partners that make a difference in children’s daily lives on a national, state, local and school level.   Many large school systems and government bodies with limited capacity look at a young person’s academic success through a binary lens: students are either […]

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What it Takes to Serve San Francisco’s Trans Latinas

June 26, 2019
What it Takes to Serve San Francisco’s Trans Latinas

A Q&A with Maritza Penagos, the Interim Executive Director of San Francisco Mission District’s nonprofit El/La Para Trans Latinas. El/La serves 300 to 325 participants a year, with a core group of 30 who use their services weekly. El/La also hires trans Latina women. Six of eight of their staff members are trans Latina and […]

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Opening our Oakland doors to partners and friends

March 26, 2019
Opening our Oakland doors to partners and friends

We were overjoyed to have a lively crowd of project directors and staff, partners, and allies join us for our very first open house February at our Oakland location. Check out our photo album of smiling faces in our sun-filled conference room. We hope to host additional events in the future to promote the sharing […]

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