Before Columbus Foundation
The Before Columbus Foundation is a national educational organization devoted to promoting and distributing American multi-cultural literature. The Foundation sponsors the American Book Awards and publishes the Before Columbus Review of Multi-Cultural Literature. It serves as a resource center for authors, publishers and educators, and presents classes, seminars, lectures and panels on multi-cultural literature.
Bright Research Group
Founded in 2009 by Brightstar Ohlson, Bright Research Group specializes in strategic planning, research, evaluation, fund development and facilitation of community input and engagement for the public sector, non-profit organizations and private entities working towards the public good.
A women and minority-owned firm, Bright Research Group brings core content expertise in violence prevention and public safety, child, youth and family services, public health, mental health, education, and outreach to low-income and limited English proficient consumers. We also specialize in engaging families, consumers and youth in community planning and research.
BRG is committed to advancing the public good by building capacity among agencies and service providers that promote greater opportunity, achievement and quality of life among those they serve.
California Association of Student Councils (CASC)
Our focus is peer-training of students and advisors to foster self-esteem and build citizenship. CASC serves as an advocate for youth, provides a channel for student views, and empowers youth to take action.
California Consumer Protection Foundation
The California Consumer Protection Foundation was established in 1991 by the Superior Court of the State of California to administer and distribute approximately $4 million remaining from a consumer class action lawsuit, State of California v. Levi Strauss & Co., and other consumer trust funds as needed.
California Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (CASA)
The California Court Appointed Special Advocate Association supports and advocates for local CASA programs in 32 California counties. Through the use of trained volunteers, local CASA programs strive to prevent additional abuse or trauma to abused and neglected children by advocating for safe and permanent placement of these children. The Court Appointed Special Advocates are appointed by a judge to advocate for a child who has been removed from home due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.
California Institute for Nursing & Health Care
The California Institute for Nursing & Health Care (CINHC) is dedicated to ensuring California has the nursing workforce needed to meet the health care needs of the people of the state and address nursing issues that affect the health of all Californians. Through a strategically driven Master Plan, building educational capacity in schools of nursing, increasing diversity of the nursing workforce, and providing leadership development, the CINHC continues to optimize the health of Californians.
California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
The California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN) works to ensure that all Californians have access to quality health care and can live healthy lives. As the country becomes increasingly diverse, CPEHN’s multicultural perspective is more and more critical. We gather the strength of communities of color to build a united and powerful voice in health advocacy. Together, we’re working to evolve health care from a one-size-fits-all approach to a system that works for people from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Our mission is to improve access to health care and eliminate health disparities by advocating for public policies and sufficient resources to address the health needs of our communities.
California School-Based Health Alliance (CSHA)
CSHA is the statewide organization leading the movement to put health care where kids are — in schools. Our mission is to promote the health and academic success of children and youth by increasing access to health and mental health care services in school. CSHA pursues this mission by advocating for public policies that support school-based health care; building support among policymakers, community leaders, parents, and students; and providing technical support to schools and school-based health centers.
Career Ladders Project
The Career Ladders Project for the California Community Colleges works to strengthen the role of community colleges in providing educational and career advancement opportunities for Californians. Through research, policy initiatives and strategic assistance to colleges and their workforce development partners, the Career Ladders Project works to foster career ladders in California.
Center for Story-Based Strategy
Center for Story-based Strategy (CSS) is a national strategy center dedicated to harnessing the power of narrative for movement building and social change. CSS provides social, economic and ecological justice leaders, organizations and alliances the strategic support to reframe issues and win critical campaigns. CSS uses story-based approaches to amplify the impact of grassroots organizing, communicate transformative possibilities and reimagine social change strategy.
The Family Independence Initiative (FII)
FII’s mission is to: 1) Create an opportunity rich environment that invests resources in low-income communities based on the strengths and initiative they demonstrate towards improving their lives and others lives in their communities and; 2) Test and advocate for a new set of policies and practices that support community initiative while still protecting the current needs-based system for those in crisis.
Fred Setterberg is a writer, editor, and program evaluator who works frequently for foundations and nonprofits. His books include: Grantmaking Basics: A Field Guide for Funders co-written with Barbara Kibbe and Colburn Wilbur; Beyond Profit: The Complete Guide to Managing the Nonprofit Organization co-written with Kary Schulman; Toxic Nation: The Fight to Save Our Communities from Chemical Contamination co-written with Lonny Shavelson; and The Roads Taken: Travels Through America’s Literary Landscapes, winner of the Associated Writing Program’s award in creative nonfiction. His most recent book, Under the Dragon: California’s New Culture, written with Lonny Shavelson, was the source of a four-month exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California.
Heart to Heart International Children’s Medical Alliance
Heart to Heart medical teams train physicians abroad in advanced cardiology and cardiac surgery. We apply our seven-year educational model at regional sites selected to serve enormous populations. Our work culminates in self-sustaining children’s heart centers giving millions of families access – for the first time – to the miracle of modern heart care.
KITKA: Women’s Vocal Ensemble
KITKA is a professional women’s vocal ensemble dedicated to producing concerts, recordings, and educational programs that develop new audiences for music rooted in Eastern European women’s vocal traditions. KITKA also strives to expand the boundaries of this music as an expressive art form. KITKA’s mission is accomplished through a busy itinerary of live performances, including a San Francisco Bay Area home concert series; regional, national, and international touring programs; community service activities and workshops; in-school programs; radio, television and internet broadcasts; recording and music publication projects; master artist residencies; commissioning programs; and adventuresome collaborations.
The Mentoring Center
The Mentoring Center’s two-tiered mission is to improve the quality and effectiveness of mentoring programs and to provide a direct service mentoring program model designed to transform the lives of the most highly at-risk youth.
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir
The mission of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir is:
1) To employ black gospel music to express the power of spirit and bring a message of faith, hope, love and joy to the country and the world;
2) To exemplify through interfaith, multiracial and multi-cultural membership the principals of equality, justice, peace unity and cooperation;
3) To serve as a model for what is possible among all peoples.
The Pacific Institute is a global water think tank that creates and advances solutions to some of the world’s most pressing water challenges through interdisciplinary research and by partnering with a variety of stakeholders. Founded in 1987 and based in Oakland, California, the Pacific Institute envisions a world in which society, the economy, and the environment have the water they need to thrive now and in the future.
Philanthropic Ventures Foundation
Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity, was founded in 1991 to try new approaches to creative grantmaking and to maximize the impact of the philanthropic dollar.
The RIDE project brings together young people from diverse backgrounds of the Bay Area and beyond with a love of cars and racing to protect both their communities and the automobile scene from social injustice. RIDE promotes young adults as advocates and leaders by transforming their participation in the car scene as a powerful way to make meaningful and proactive changes in their communities. RIDE is a project to protect our streets and the car import scene from tobacco industry infiltration, and we do not glamorize or promote any illegal activities in the import scenes.
Radical Designs is a full service web development group focused on the needs of non-profit and grassroots social change organizations. We provide strategic on-line campaign consulting, web design and web application development, and create and leverage open-source applications. Our clients protect natural resources and human health, ensure quality of life for the working class, fight white supremacy and the prison industrial complex, and keep the pressure on the US government to reject Middle East militarism as a failed policy. Our clients are winning. Founded in 2004, Radical Designs is a worker-owned and managed cooperative.
Reach Institute for School Leadership
Reach began in 2004 as the On The Move School Improvement Program, which focused on supporting school leaders. As program leaders developed relationships with school principals, teachers, and community leaders, the need for a more comprehensive approach to fostering leadership at all levels within schools and supporting community organizations became increasingly apparent and urgent.
Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY)
RJOY’s mission is to create just communities where those who cause harm and those who are affected by it can repair the harm and heal with dignity. RJOY offers training and technical assistance, and seeds restorative practices in schools, communities, and the justice system.
Rio California Catering & Café
Nestled into the lovely environs of Preservation Park, the outdoor patio is one of the most pleasant places to eat lunch in Downtown Oakland. Rio California is the perfect place if you’re in the mood for a fresh, light, yet filling meal — Try our continental cuisine with a Brazilian accent and friendly service.
Owner Ney Araujo have expanded the successful business to include catering for the Preservation Park Conference Center and east bay neighborhoods.
Robinson House Consultants
csb consulting provides strategic grantmaking and capacity building services for philanthropic organizations. Working across content areas, with a particular focus on human services and housing, csb consulting helps foundations, government agencies, and nonprofits increase their impact in the community.
Abbott Little Consulting
Abbott Little is the dynamic consulting partnership of Kerry Abbott and Shelagh Little. With a combined total of more than 30 years of experience in housing and human services, Abbott Little provides a range of technical assistance to non-profit and public agency clients. Services include grant and report writing, program design, systems design and systems change, interim project management, and organizational development.
Korwin Consulting, an evaluation and planning firm, advances social justice solutions by identifying community strengths, building organizational capacity, and evaluating impact.
Sutherland ~ Edwards, Consultants to Philanthropy
Specialists in strategic management of philanthropic organizations, Sutherland~Edwards provides comprehensive consulting services to private and community foundations as well as larger regional and national nonprofit organizations.
Samuels & Associates
Samuels & Associates, Inc. is a consulting firm specializing in public health evaluation, research and policy. Created in 1994 by Dr. Sarah Samuels, we consult with foundations, health departments, school districts, and other clients. The firm specializes in research and evaluation, policy analysis and advocacy, and strategic planning and program development. Staff members are experienced in applying a wide variety of research methodologies, including developing qualitative and quantitative instruments, selecting realistic and achievable process and outcome measures, data collection, database management, and analysis and logic modeling. We generally emphasize health promotion and disease prevention; specific areas of expertise span nutrition and physical activity, prevention of chronic disease, women’s health, community health, preventive care, and ethical and policy issues in public health.
Student Conservation Association (SCA) California/Southwest
SCA provides college and high school-aged members with hands-on conservation service opportunities in virtually every field imaginable, from tracking grizzlies through the Tetons to restoring desert ecosystems and teaching environmental education at Washington, D.C.’s Urban Tree House. We are truly building the next generation of conservation leaders.
Volunteers of America
Volunteers of America helps the most vulnerable and under-served people achieve their full potential.
We provide services that are designed locally to address specific community needs. Our common areas of focus include promoting self-sufficiency for the homeless and for others overcoming personal crises, caring for the elderly and disabled and fostering their independence, and supporting positive development for troubled and at risk children and youth. \Ve look at the whole person and address both urgent and ongoing needs, with the goal of helping people become as self-reliant as possible.
We draw on more than a century of experience and the reach of a nationwide movement that is: Bonded by a commitment to faith, human dignity, and social justice; Dedicated to actively engaging volunteers in the community; Committed to the highest quality of service.
Western States Legal Foundation
Western States Legal Foundation (WSLF), a nonprofit organization founded in 1982, seeks to abolish nuclear weapons as an essential step in making possible a more secure, just, and environmentally sustainable world. With a local focus on the Livermore Nuclear Weapons Laboratory, WSLF provides independent information and analysis about U.S. nuclear weapons programs and policies for a wide range of audiences. Grounded in commitments to nonviolence and international law, WSLF has increasingly sought to incorporate nuclear disarmament advocacy into global and domestic movements for peace, justice and sustainability.
WRITERCOACH CONNECTION is a leading educational nonprofit organization committed to empowering young people in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties through the development of critical thinking and clear writing skills. Since our inception in 2001, WriterCoach Connection has provided one-on-one coaching in English and ELD classes to more than 27,000 middle and high school students in four school districts.
With the ultimate goal of closing the achievement gap to college and job readiness, our core program is a robust, in-school academic support program in which trained volunteer coaches work one-on-one with each and every student in the classroom in support of teachers’ writing assignments. In our college and career readiness program module, our coaches work with students in-school and out-of-school on personal statements and college essays, senior theses, and other crucial college readiness activities.