Using finance as a tool for social change
Leveraging each investment for good
1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence
1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence is a grassroots nonprofit organization devoted to serving families who have been directly impacted by violence. 1000 Mothers to Prevent Violence endeavors to provide a continuum of care for the entire family, in particular the grieving parent who must continue to provide for surviving children.
Amazon Watch works to protect the rainforest by advancing the rights of indigenous peoples. Defending indigenous rights and territories is a demonstrably effective solution to the threat of climate change. Together with our indigenous allies, we are growing the movement to leave all fossil fuels in the ground and promote a just transition to 100% renewable energy.
Bay Area Non-Violent Communcation
Vision: To create a world where everyone’s needs matter and people have the skills to make peace. Mission: Personal Growth: We support individuals and families in experiencing inner peace, greater choice, integrity, and satisfying relationships by offering classes, individual coaching, and intensive programs. We work in-person as well as through phone and Skype. Leadership & Collaboration: We support organizations and leaders to respond to growing global challenges with effectiveness, creativity, and care for all stakeholders by offering consulting services, facilitation, coaching, and training.
Bolder Giving's mission is to inspire and support people to give at their full lifetime potential. We promote three ways to give boldly.
Give more: The average giving in the U.S. is 2-3% of annual income. We help those who can afford it to take quantum leaps further.
Risk more: Many people are in an uninspired giving rut. We invite people to be more adventurous, strategic, and involved.
Inspire more: Most people rarely talk about their giving. We support people to step out, start conversations, and to inspire others about the joy of giving.
Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)
By connecting leaders, spreading solutions, and attracting investment toward local economies, BALLE advances the Localist Movement to create real prosperity for all. Real prosperity begins at the local level with entrepreneurs who are re-imagining their industries, funders who are investing in local economies, and leaders who can mobilize on a broad scale. Together, we can — and will — create a stronger, more resilient, and fair economy.
Center for Community Change
The Center’s mission is to build the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to change their communities and public policies for the better. Right now, we’re empowering the people most affected by injustice to lead movements to improve the policies that affect their lives. Our focus areas include jobs and wages, immigration, retirement security, affordable housing, racial justice and barriers to employment for formerly incarcerated individuals.
Center for Environmental Health
We envision a world where everyone lives, works, learns and plays in a healthy environment; we protect people from toxic chemicals by working with communities, businesses, and the government to demand and support business practices that are safe for human health and the environment.
Community Action Fund for Women in Africa (CAFWA)
CAFWA was established in 2006 with the mission of working in partnership with community-based groups to improve the lives of women in post-conflict areas of Africa. Rooted in the conviction that women should be active stakeholders in defining their own development strategies, CAFWA builds on initiatives that the women themselves have started. Not only do women carry the heaviest post-conflict burden, they are central to the daily work of repairing fractured communities. When women are actively involved in decision-making, be it post-war reconstruction or small-scale civic action, their voices ensure that vital societal priorities are upheld.
Confluence has four strategic goals:
To build a network of practice and philanthropic leadership in mission-related investing through education, outreach, and peer-to-peer learning;
To increase the capacity of foundations and donors to practice mission-related investing by providing technical assistance;
To accelerate the field of mission-related investing by fostering systemic thinking and effective cross-sector partnerships, thereby creating a space in which philanthropic innovation can emerge; and
To provide our members with a strong organization, with the capacity to effectively advance Confluence Philanthropy’s mission and goals.
East Bay College Fund
East Bay College Fund helps resilient public school students, under–represented in higher education, access and succeed in college, expanding their life opportunities. East Bay College Fund aspires to involve the whole community in providing college access services, scholarships, mentoring, and support networks to assist these young people in realizing their full potential.
Equal Rights Advocates
Equal Rights Advocates has transformed the law for hundreds of thousands of women and girls for over four decades through impact litigation, advice and counseling, and policy reform. From litigating cases before the U.S. Supreme Court that led to passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act in 1978 to the more recent passage of California’s Paid Family Leave Act, ERA has worked closely with community partners to fill gaps in the law hindering economic security and education equity that is its foundation. ERA has been fearless in the courts, taking cases before juries and the U.S. Supreme Court for low-wage women workers, immigrants, and hundreds of thousands of other women, girls, and men taking a stand against sex discrimination. ERA counsels thousands of callers each year through its free national hotline and innovative clinical programs staffed by law clerks trained by ERA as the next generation of advocates.
Family Independence Initiative
We leverage the power of information to support economic and social mobility in America. Rather than impose solutions or fixes on behalf of others, we are proving that documenting and investing in the initiative and ingenuity of low-income families and communities is the most effective way forward. Learn about our approach.
George Mark Children's House
George Mark Children’s House is the first freestanding pediatric palliative care center in the U.S. GMCH exists to serve families with children and young adults who have a serious medical illness and who are seeking family-centered medical care that emphasizes quality of life in a compassionate, supportive atmosphere. We are an extension of your own home: a place where kids can be kids and families can be families. We bridge the gap between hospital and home, offering safe, excellent medical care in the comfort and warmth of a home-like setting for patients who do not need the resources of a full children's hospital.
Girls Inc. of Alameda County
Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing more than 140,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges girls face. The Girls Inc. Experience consists of people, an environment, and programming that, together, empower girls to succeed. Trained staff and volunteers build lasting, mentoring relationships in girls-only spaces that are physically and emotionally safe and where girls find a sisterhood of support with shared drive, mutual respect, and high expectations. Hands-on, research-based programs provide girls with the skills and knowledge to set goals, overcome obstacles, and improve academic performance. Informed by girls and their families, Girls Inc. also works with policymakers to advocate for legislation and initiatives that increase opportunities for girls. At Girls Inc., girls grow up healthy, educated, and independent.
Global Greengrants believes local people know best how to address the environmental issues impacting their own lives. We support communities to protect, restore, and transform their environments for a sustainable future. Since 1993, we have made more than $45 million in grants to local groups in 163 countries.
Greenpeace Fund promotes Greenpeace's mission: to halt environmental destruction and to promote solutions for future generations. Greenpeace Fund promotes Greenpeace's mission through public education, grassroots lobbying and grants to other environmental organizations. One of Greenpeace's unique strengths is our capacity to conduct international campaigns in countries around the world, giving us the ability to challenge environmental threats and promote change on issues that transcend national borders and require international cooperation. We continue to increasingly gain a reputation as a formidable force in the realm of international environmental policy through sophisticated strategies.
High Water Women Foundation
High Water Women (HWW) is a 501 (c) 3 organization founded in 2005 by women in the hedge fund and investment industries with a focus on providing enriched educational opportunities for low-income youth and the economic empowerment of women and children. As an extension of our thought leadership in values-based investing, in 2013, HWW launched an Impact Investing initiative with a Symposium for Family Offices, Foundations, Endowments and other Investors.
We envision peace: a just, diverse, and inclusive world where individuality and community are both core values and where listening, empathy, and assertiveness guide our interactions. We work toward a peaceful future by uniting children of diverse backgrounds, providing them with essential community building skills, and empowering them to become peacemakers.
Next Step Learning Center
Our mission is to strengthen Oakland families and communities through intensive, personalized tutoring and other programs in basic literacy, High School Equivalency Exam preparation, and transition to college and the workforce. We define basic literacy as the tools of reading, writing, and computation needed for urban life in the 21st century.
North Oakland Community Charter School
The North Oakland Community Charter School (NOCCS) is a public K-8 school dedicated to helping children to become thoughtful, informed, and inquisitive citizens. NOCCS is a vibrant, diverse learning community driven by respect for each child’s unique intelligence and history. Our school’s dynamic and challenging educational approach deepens the intellectual and social capacities of each child that we serve.
The OpEd Project's mission is to increase the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in the world. A starting goal is to increase the number of women thought leaders in key commentary forums to a tipping point. We envision a world where the best ideas - regardless of where they come from - will have a chance to be heard, and to shape society and the world.
Open’hood was founded to allow the voices of all people to inform vital conversations around the issues of our day like health care, criminal justice and education. Our approach is to use non-polemic storytelling to explore the vital yet under-funded public institutions that serve us all. We do this by focusing on the personal narrative, through both the production of long-form documentary films and also location-based storytelling initiatives that engage the community.
Peace Development Fund
PDF is more than a grantmaker: our model of philanthropy involves direct funding, advocacy where appropriate and partnerships built around mutual respect, sharing of resources, and transparency of planning and decision-making. We endeavor to be a key “go-to” foundation on issues of peace, human rights, social justice and environmental protection. We work to counter-balance dominant power structures by moving resources and sharing decision-making with activist groups and communities.
Playworks’ vision is that one day every child in America will get to play—every day. We are changing school culture by leveraging the power of safe, fun, and healthy play at school every day. We create a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills. We offer an essential opportunity for children to explore their imaginations, to connect with other kids, and to stretch and grow physically, emotionally and socially.
Regional Parks Foundation
The Regional Parks Foundation was established in 1969 to support the East Bay Regional Park District. The Foundation’s mission is to support our Regional Parks through fundraising that provides broader public access, resource protection and preservation, education and recreational programs, and the acquisition of parklands. One of the top priorities is to ensure that underserved populations have equal access to the East Bay Regional Park District’s parks, trails, programs, and services.
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
The mission of Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center is to empower and increase the entrepreneurial capacities of socially and economically diverse women and men, and thereby strengthen our communities through the creation of sustainable new businesses, new jobs, and the promotion of financial self-sufficiency.
Rudolf Steiner Foundation (RSF Social Finance)
RSF Social Finance (RSF), a financial services organization dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money. RSF offers investing, lending, and giving services that generate positive social and environmental impact while fostering community and collaboration among participants.
Social Venture Network
To support and empower diverse, innovative leaders who leverage business to serve the greater good by:
Building valuable peer-to-peer connections among influential business leaders, social entrepreneurs, and impact investors who support a triple bottom line: people, planet and profit
Fostering high-impact collaborations that build a just, humane and sustainable world
Supporting whole-person leadership to enable our members to succeed and grow, both personally and professionally
Spirit Rock Medittion Center
Spirit Rock Meditation Center is a spiritual education and training institution whose purpose is to:
Bring people to a depth of realization of the Buddha's path of liberation through direct experience.
Provide the community of practitioners with inspiration and teachings to integrate and manifest wisdom and compassion in all aspects of their lives, for the benefit of all beings.
We achieve this purpose primarily by providing silent meditation retreats, and also through classes, trainings, and Dharma study opportunities for new and experienced students from diverse backgrounds. Our programs are grounded in the essence of the Buddha's teachings in the Pali discourses.
Story of Stuff Project
We’re a community of over a million changemakers worldwide, working to build a more healthy and just planet. Together, we believe it's possible to create a society based on better not more, sharing not selfishness, community not division. We invite you to be inspired by and share our movies, participate in our study programs, and take part in our campaigns on the issues you care about.
The Edible School Yard Project
The mission of the Edible Schoolyard Project is to build and share a national edible education curriculum for pre-kindergarten through high school. We envision gardens and kitchens as interactive classrooms for all academic subjects, and a free, nutritious, organic lunch for every student. Integrating this curriculum into schools can transform the health and values of every child in America.
Toniic provides its members with a powerful suite of investor tools giving easy access to quality deals, process support, education, and an expert peer group. Investing out of their own accounts, Toniic members receive all the advantages of angel networks in traditional investment sectors. Toniic also supports social entrepreneurs by providing quality feedback and support through interaction with our network of investors, many of whom are experienced entrepreneurs. The Toniic Institute is a nonprofit corporation managing our work on research and advocacy in the impact investment field. Toniic Institute’s mission is to make relevant original knowledge and materials available for impact investors in order to broaden the field of impact investing and deepen understanding amongst impact investors and social entrepreneurs.
United Roots engages and empowers marginalized youth in socially innovative ways.We accomplish this by providing:
- Arts and media training, instilling confidence and developing talents
- Career and workforce development, cultivating innovation and entrepreneurship
- Community engagement, building bridges to local organizations and employers
- Wellness services, creating a safe, sustainable environment for youth to heal and grow
Women Donors Network
Women Donors Network is a community with a purpose — together we connect, learn, and take action to further our shared vision of a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. As a community, WDN recognizes the systemic nature of many of the challenges we face as a society. We are committed to utilizing an intersectional lens – including race, class, gender, and sexual orientation – throughout our work. WDN programs are designed to ignite change, providing donors with opportunities to support progressive movement-building, as we deepen our knowledge, take action in partnership with allies, and engage in nimble and strategic grantmaking.