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Active Voice Lab

Active Voice Lab

Active Voice Lab is a nonprofit network of seasoned strategists that helps funders, advocates, media makers, and other leaders use story to advance social change. Social change becomes possible when policy experts, philanthropists, researchers, organizers, social entrepreneurs, and “creatives” work together.


Andy Irons Foundation

The Andy Irons Foundation celebrates the legacy of surfing legend Andy Irons through vital and innovative programs that alleviate mental illness, substance abuse, and learning disabilities among our youth -- creating healthy, uplifted and supported communities.

Arthur H. Coleman Community Health Foundation

Arthur H. Coleman Community Health Foundation

Arthur H. Coleman Community Health Foundation helps eliminate health disparities in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco by providing free programs in health education, healthful lifestyle support, and chronic disease prevention and management to all community members in need.


ATHENA Network

The ATHENA Network (ATHENA) is a global network of individual and institutional members that has been at the forefront of ensuring the centrality of gender equality and human rights in the HIV response since 2006. ATHENA’s regular partners include more than 31 global, regional, and national networks and organisations of women living with HIV and 16 networks and organisations of women from key populations, including women who use drugs, sex workers, caregivers, and women from LGBTI communities, as well as many other women’s rights and sexual and reproductive health and rights organisations.

Attendance Works

Attendance Works

The mission of Attendance Works is to advance student success by reducing chronic absence. They do this by building public awareness and political will about the need to address chronic absence, fostering state campaigns and partnerships, and encouraging local practice by providing technical assistance and tools to help communities.


Bay Area Network for Diversity Training in Early Childhood (BANTEC)

BANDTEC’s mission is to promote the creation of an equitable society for children and their families by providing a continuum of professional development and leadership in diversity issues among early education and care providers.

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Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance

Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance works to eliminate private ownership and the commercial exploitation of wild cats in the United States. Their goal is achieving the day when sanctuaries are no longer needed because the ownership and commercial exploitation of wild cats have been eliminated.

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Black Funders Network

Black Funders Network (BFN) provides a space for Black professionals in philanthropy to be in community and connected with one another in order to maximize philanthropic investments in Black communities. BFN fosters an aligned support network of Bay Area Black professionals in philanthropy to insure the voice of our community is represented at all levels in a representative and sustained manner in the philanthropic sector.

Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers is a collaborative of experts from across systems that have come together to advance the social, emotional, and behavioral wellbeing of California’s children and youth through a range of efforts to improve access to services, facilitate innovation, and align the state’s resources around the needs of children.

Breakthrough Sac

Breakthrough Sacramento

Breakthrough Sacramento’s mission is to motivate and enable middle school and high school students to pursue access to a college education through a year-round, tuition-free, college preparatory program for academically-motivated, ethnically diverse students from under-resourced schools in the Sacramento area.


Business Council on Climate Change

The Business Council on Climate Change (BC3) is a partnership of San Francisco Bay Area businesses collectively committed to reducing their contribution to global climate change through the BC3’s “Principles on Climate Leadership.” BC3 members collaborate to identify valuable tools and establish best practices.


Butler Koshland Fellowships

The Butler Koshland Fellowships identifies extraordinary leaders to mentor the next generation of public service leaders. By directly investing in the individuals who have the greatest potential to influence others, the organization accelerates the pace of positive social change.

CA Foodshed Funders

CA Foodshed Funders

California Foodshed Funders is a peer-to-peer staff development organization of funders that are dedicated to accelerating the shift toward regenerative organic farming practices and sustainably-minded and just food systems.

California Child Welfare

California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership

The CA Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership addresses complex problems at a macro level, pursues selected new opportunities, and helps to improve outcomes in the child welfare system through smart, strategic cross-sector collaboration.

The Carpentries

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The Carpentries is building community teaching core computational and data skills for efficient, shareable and reproducible research. They accomplish this by running accessible, inclusive training workshops; teaching openly available, high-quality, domain-tailored lessons; and fostering an active, inclusive, diverse instructor community that promotes and models reproducible research as a community norm.

Castro Country Club

Castro Country Club

The Castro Country Club is a clean & sober gathering place for all people and a home for the queer recovery community. They endeavor to be a space where all can seek wisdom, serenity, courage and joy.


CEDIB (Centro de Documentación e Información Bolivia)

CEDIB's main objective is that information contributes to increase citizenship and, thus, strengthening democracy, peace culture and sustainable development on a long term. They consider information to be a Human Right and work to make it available to everyone.

Center for Engaged Scholarship

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The Center for Engaged Scholarship was created by and for social scientists who want the United States to be a more democratic, more egalitarian, and more environmentally sustainable society. The Center's first initiative is a dissertation fellowship for social science Ph.D. students who exemplify engaged scholarship.

Center for Reaching and Teaching the Whole Child

Center for Reaching & Teaching the Whole Child (CRTWC)

CRTWC's mission is to enhance the capacity of schools to meet the needs of children and their educators by integrating social, emotional, and cultural competencies into teacher preparation and on-going professional development.

Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement

Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement

The AAAS Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement (CSCCE) is a research and training center to support and study the emerging field of scientific community engagement.

Center for Strategic Community Innovation

Center for Strategic Community Innovation

The Center for Strategic Community Innovation (CSCI) is a nonprofit intermediary that provides planning and capacity building services to support nonprofits and public agencies in fulfilling their missions. CSCI specializes in identifying, testing and applying best practice methods at the intersection of service systems.



Communicating Science is a workshop series organized by graduate students, for graduate students, focused on science communication skills. Their goal is to empower future leaders in technical communication to share the results from research in their field to broad and diverse audiences, not just practitioners in their fields.

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Construction Industry Workshop Initiative (CIWI)

The Construction Industry Workforce Initiative (CIWI) is a partnership of private sector construction and real estate development companies committed to expanding opportunities and enhancing the diversity of the construction industry workforce.

Council for Global Equality

Council for Global Equality

The Council for Global Equality brings together international human rights activists, foreign policy experts, LGBT leaders, philanthropists and corporate officials to encourage a clearer and stronger American voice on human rights concerns impacting LGBT communities around the world.

Bay Area Early Childhood Funders

Early Childhood Funders

Early Childhood Funders is an association of Bay Area foundations, public funders and private donors, seeking to enhance grantmaking effectiveness by providing an opportunity to share information, engage in dialogue, and participate in activities to improve the lives of children and their families.


East Bay Getting to Zero

East Bay Getting to Zero's mission is to advance health equity and promote healing for all people impacted by HIV. Their vision is an East Bay with zero HIV stigma, health disparities or new HIV transmissions.

El/La Para TransLatinas

El/La Para TransLatinas

El/La Para TransLatinas fights for the rights of translatinas. It works to build a world where translatinas feel they deserve to protect, love and develop themselves. By building this base, they support each other in protecting themselves against violence, abuse and illness.

Election Verification Network

Election Verification Network

Election Verification Network (EVN) is a robust national network of leaders, experts and policy makers working together to improve U.S. elections. We collaborate across disciplines and opinions toward two inseparable goals: voting is accessible, private, reliable and secure; and elections are transparent, accurate and verifiable.

every veteran summer camp offers a comprehensive family approach to education and career development for veterans with dependent children. They are building a national coalition of colleges, employers, vocational schools and mentors dedicated to helping veterans and their spouses retool for civilian careers and enjoy life after the military. They provide summer camps for families that surprise, delight and engage the children while giving both parents the time, space and support they need to begin to create a blueprint for reaching their education and career goals.

Expanded Learning Collaborative

Expanded Learning Collaborative Technical Assistance Project

The Expanded Learning Collaborative (formerly San Francisco Afterschool for All) aims to create a citywide afterschool system that addresses challenges and fosters collaboration to achieve a central goal: providing quality afterschool programs for all K-12 children.


Friends of SF Environment

Friends of SF Environment is the non-profit ally of the San Francisco Department of Environment. The organization exists to expand the outreach capabilities and revenue sources of SF Environment in order to help make San Francisco the greenest city on Earth.

The Fruit Guys Community Fund

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The FruitGuys Community Fund provides grants to small farms and agricultural nonprofits for sustainability projects that have large, positive impacts on the environment, local food systems, and farm diversity. The Fund's mission is to support small farms in their efforts for greater environmental and economic health, community engagement, and advocacy that supports sustainable agriculture.

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Fund for People in Parks, The

The Fund for People in Parks provides private funding and resources to complete inspirational projects that directly benefit visitors in western National Parks. The Fund continues the long-standing tradition of private philanthropy for National Parks and concern for the visitor that was at the heart of the founding and growth of the National Park system.

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Genesis Healing Institute

Genesis Healing Institute's mission is to nourish and amplify healing ecosystems within communities directly impacted by systemic, historical, and institutional violence in the United States.

Get Screened Oakland

Get Screened Oakland

Get Screened Oakland is a public-private partnership in public health – a citywide, strategic response to Oakland’s HIV epidemic. The partnership is designed to increase the number of Oakland residents who know their HIV status and are connected to care if needed.


Global Network of Black People Working in HIV

GNBPH’s mission is to support black people worldwide working in the field of HIV to build an effective global response to HIV and AIDS. GNBPH is dedicated to strengthening the global response to HIV through provision of culturally competent peer-based support, education and training services.



GroundWork is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization that advances quality early learning and development as the most transformative strategy to improve school outcomes, increase the life-long success of Ohio’s children, and lay a strong foundation for economic prosperity in the state.

Growth Circles

Growth Circles

Many of the students at Bayside/MLK School in Marin City, CA have never seen snow or traveled outside of California, and most of them live in subsidized housing and receive free school lunches. These middle schoolers are headed to Tamalpais High School and will soon be in a high school environment with kids who have been afforded many more life-enriching experiences. Growth Circles was formed at the school to inspire MLK/Bayside’s 6th-8th graders to think bigger and achieve more.

Harmony Project

Harmony Project Bay Area (formerly Music Team SF)

The Harmony Project Bay Area's primary goals are to improve students' overall skills for academic and life success, and give them the experience of belonging to a meaningful community. These efforts greatly enhance the limited music education available at public schools where the project operates.

The Healing Well

Healing Well, The

The Healing WELL: Wellness, Empowerment, Liberation and Love promotes healing and recovery for homeless and marginally-housed adults through the offering of holistic healing classes, focusing on stress reduction, healthy eating and fitness, personal development and social support. Weekly volunteer-led classes include sessions like yoga, meditation, poetry, and substance abuse support groups.

Immigrants Rising

Immigrants Rising (FKA Educators for Fair Consideration)

Immigrants Rising transforms individuals and fuels broader changes. With resources and support, undocumented young people are able to get an education, pursue careers, and build a brighter future for themselves and their community.


Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development

The mission of the Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development is to unleash the potential of youth, adults, organizations, and communities to engage together in creating a just and equitable society. The Center equips community-based organizations with the skills, tools, and values to engage young people as equal partners in social change and networks them with peers, funders, and academics.

Jewish Teen

Jewish Teen Education & Engagement Funder Collaborative

The Jewish Teen Education & Engagement Funder Collaborative is an innovative philanthropic experiment. In an unprecedented collaboration, national and local funders work together to develop, nurture and scale new approaches to teen engagement. Informed by up-to-the-minute research and data, and drawing on the collective strength of local organizations, multi-faceted initiatives in ten communities across the country aim to reverse the trend of teens opting out of Jewish life in their high school years.


Latino Outdoors

Latino Outdoors brings cultura into the outdoor narrative and connects Latino familias and youth with nature and outdoor experiences. By doing so, Latino Outdoors inspires Latino leadership and empowers communities to explore and share their stories in defining the Latino Outdoors identity.


Leadership Learning Community

Leadership Learning Community strives to advance a more just and equitable society by transforming the way leadership development work is conceived, conducted and evaluated. Promoting leadership as a process that is more inclusive, networked and collective will have a greater impact in advancing equity.


Make: Community

Make Community’s purpose is to encourage hands-on learning for youth and adults, to provide job skills particularly for those not attending traditional four-year colleges, and to develop an innovation mindset across program participants.

Mass STEM Hub Industry Partner Program

Mass STEM Hub Industry Partner Program

Mass STEM Hub Industry Partner Program works to support premier STEM programs that engage students and prepare them for college and ultimately 21st century careers. Ths program recruits industry partners to sponsor events, volunteer at participating schools, and provide other learning opportunities for students and teachers to authentically engage with professionals working in the STEM disciplines.

Media-Data Research Consortium

Media-Data Research Consortium

The Media-Data Research Consortium creates collaborative opportunities for conducting noncommercial public interest research on diverse media to enhance information integrity and address the scourge of disinformation.


Memory Care Life

Memory Care hosts weekly activity and social gatherings for seniors with cognitive impairment/Alzheimers/other dementias and their care partners. Memory Care aims to support care partners and educate the community with the goal of reducing stigma and improving ‘forgetfulness-friendly’ practices on Main Street.


MENTOR California

MENTOR California is an affiliate of The National Mentoring Partnership, which is a unifying champion for expanding quality mentoring for America’s young people. MENTOR’s goal is to help young people by generating and driving the investment of time and money into high impact mentoring programs and promoting quality mentoring through the development and delivery of mentoring program standards, cutting-edge research and state-of-the-art tools. MENTOR accomplishes this work in partnership with affiliates that are non-partisan, public-private organizations that galvanize local, statewide or regional mentoring movements, and provide the leadership and infrastructure to drive the quantity and quality of mentoring experiences for young people.

Milton Marks Family Camp

Milton Marks Neuro-Oncology Family Camp

The Milton Marks Neuro-Oncology Family Camp represents an unprecedented effort to address the needs of brain tumor patients and their families that reach beyond medical therapy. The three day camp provides respite, joy and community to families coping with a parent's brain tumor.


Mission Science Workshop

Mission Science Workshop is committed to enriching the educational experience of low-income and historically underserved youth. Through science, students can acquire a more intimate understanding of the world around them.


North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance

North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA) is a continent-wide consortium of sanctuaries that advocate on behalf of captive primates and provide lifelong homes to primates who have been retired from biomedical research, the entertainment industry, and private ownership.


North Street Collective

The North Street Collective, located in the Mendocino County town of Willits, gives artists and creative thinkers of every age the time, space, and support to do their work and contribute in meaningful ways to the local community.


Northern Sierra Partnership

Northern Sierra Partnership is a collaborative of five organizations to conserve, restore and expand public access to the natural landscapes of the northern Sierra Nevada. Working to raise private funding for conservation in the region, the group is working towards their goals and going strong.

Nursing Education Heritage Project

Nursing Education Heritage Project

The Nursing Education Heritage Projects supports the education of nurses and the advancement of the profession through scholarships and educational activities.

One Day at a Time

One Day at a Time

One Day At a Time (ODAT)’s goal is to provide youth with a supportive network of peers, opportunities for academic and personal growth and exposure to positive transformative experiences. By enhancing education and leadership skills, providing guidance and developing trusting relationships, they empower our youth with the confidence and life skills to make better choices and lead positive lives.


Palomacy Pigeon & Dove Adoptions

Palomacy Pigeon & Dove Adoptions saves the lives of domestic (unreleasable) birds that are lost, injured, displaced and abandoned. They provide rescue, foster care, avian vet treatment and adoption services in Northern California as well as 24/7/365 care coaching, referrals and education nationwide through their online Help Group and website resources. They have saved the lives of more than 1000 birds since they began in 2007 and helped countless others.


Parent Advisory Council

The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) gives families a stronger voice in public education. The PAC engages families across the San Francisco Unified School District to ensure their perspectives inform the decisions of the San Francisco Board of Education and district leaders. We support families to be leaders, advocates and partners in their children’s education.


Pre-Health Dreamers

Pre-Health Dreamers (PHD) is a rapidly growing network and community of over 800 health career bound undocumented students across 42 different states, representing various career interests. PHD investigates and shares information on career pathways for pre-health undocumented students as well as advocates for more progressive institutional and governmental policies for undocumented students.

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Press Forward

Press Forward is an independent initiative whose mission is to change culture in newsrooms. They aspire to create safe, civil and diverse workplaces for people to do their best work in journalism.


Project Grace

Project Grace organizes unique international service trips for the bereaved. Participants — grieving mothers, fathers, spouses, families and friends — come together in a supportive environment for the purpose of honoring their loved one while providing service to a community in need.


Public Engagement for Public Schools

Public Engagement for Public Schools (PEPS) believes that public education is foundational to democracy and that broad based public support is essential to a healthy public school system. PEPS provides opportunities for San Franciscans to support public schools with our hearts, minds, money and votes.

Renaissance Journalism

Renaissance Journalism & Storytelling Center

The technology revolution offers unparalleled opportunities for journalists to transform media into powerful tools that advance equity, give voice to the voiceless, illuminate injustice, and move people to action. Renaissance Journalism experiments with bold, fresh approaches to news and storytelling and pushes journalists to produce work that makes a difference.


RENEW Center

RENEW is a nonprofit that helps individuals in groups rekindle motivation, restore energy, and move ahead. RENEW provides opportunities for people to work together to analyze circumstances and develop approaches and solutions so they can work and live with more focus, resilience, and even joy.


Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth

RJOY works to interrupt tragic cycles of incarceration, violence, unsafe schools and communities, and wasted lives by promoting a cultural shift toward restorative responses to harm. We actively engage youth, their victims, and their families, schools, and communities in a shared search for ways to repair relationships.


San Francisco Aid for Animals

San Francisco Aid for Animals seeks to provide charitable veterinary services currently unavailable to pet owners in the community and to serve as a safety net for clients who may not qualify for assistance elsewhere.

San Francisco Dyke March

San Francisco Dyke March

The mission of the San Francisco Dyke March is to bring the dyke community together to celebrate unity, raise consciousness and be visible. Strengthening an international perspective in the community, the rally and march advocates justice for all dykes around the world.

Hep B Free-San Fran Bay Area

San Francisco Hep B Free- Bay Area

The San Francisco Hep B Free- Bay Area campaign is a collaboration of over thirty diverse public and private interests working together to eliminate the transmission of hepatitis B, with a special emphasis on the Asian and Pacific Islander populations who bear a disproportionate rate of chronic hepatitis B infection.


San Francisco Human Services Network

The San Francisco Human Services Network (HSN) is an association about 80 community-based nonprofit agencies united into a public-policy organization dedicated to addressing issues critical to the health and human services sector of San Francisco.


San Francisco Peer Resources

Peer Resources creates just change in our schools and communities through the leadership of young people supporting, training, and advocating for each other. Our goals are to empower youth as agents of change, and transform schools into youth empowerment institutions.

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SFUSD’s Future Dining Experience

SFUSD focuses on providing all students access to fresh, healthy meals that enable them to concentrate in class and perform at their highest academic capabilities. The Future Dining Experience program is student-centered and provides an experience where all students feel valued.


South Kern Sol

South Kern Sol (SKS) is a youth-led journalism organization located in Bakersfield, California. SKS is engendering a new generation of youth leaders and communicators engaged with the issues closest to them and their communities. SKS’s storytellers are making health happen in underserved communities in Kern by engaging in conversations with decision makers and questioning systems and policies that are oppressing communities of color.

St. George Island Project

St. George Island Project

The St. George Island project supports a community-driven effort in the U.S. Bering Sea to conserve the highly productive marine environment surrounding St. George Island, while advancing the St. George community's long-term sustainable development.

Startup Policy Lab

Startup Policy Lab

Startup Policy Lab works at the intersection of technology and government, with a mission to promote innovative, open, and data-driven policymaking. The group organizes forums to inform, education, and empower those that want to craft public policy to support those goals.

Teachers 4 Social Justice

Teachers 4 Social Justice

Teachers 4 Social Justice is a grassroots non-profit teacher support and development organization. T4SJ educates and organizes teachers and community-based educators, and implements programs and projects aimed at developing empowering learning environments.

Teaching Artists Guild

Teaching Artists Guild (TAG)

Teaching Artists Guild (TAG) serves the professional needs of teaching artists and community artists by providing professional development, convenings, jobs information, community networking, and advocacy for the important role of teaching artists in both school and community settings.

Technology for Social Impact

Technology for Social Impact

Technology for Social Impact uses technology and software development to optimize effectiveness in designing and executing student success strategies.


The 100% Network

The 100% Network brings together a diverse set of organizations, from frontline leaders to intermediary organizations to national environmental groups, who are invested in working to identify, share, and promote solutions that will advance the transition to a 100% clean, regenerative energy future that is equitable and just.

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Vision Zero Network

The Vision Zero Network is a collaborative campaign committed to helping communities reach their goal of Vision Zero — eliminating all traffic fatalities and severe injuries – in order to ensure safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all.


Visitacion Valley Connections

Visitacion Valley Connections is the catalyst to build connections between businesses, residents and service-providers that brings resources to support positive growth for the entire Visitacion Valley Community.


Witness to Guantánamo

Witness to Guantanamo gives voice to former detainees and others who have witnessed the impact of the Guantanamo Bay detention center. The organization offers compelling stories to promote public dialogue, foster a shared humanity, and inspire future generations to never again repeat the mistakes of Guantanamo.

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Zoo Labs

Zoo Labs is a creative incubator for entrepreneurs in music, art and technology. Building on the insight that musicians and artists face many of the same challenges as entrepreneurs in the startup world, Zoo Labs fosters a space of mutual transformation, where artists and entrepreneurs learn from each other.