Past Grantees

Growing Power ($10,000, 2011)

Growing Power develops integrated “Community Food Systems” that involve growing high-quality produce in urban and rural farms, supplying communities with high-quality produce, training and employing community residents in sustainable agriculture, and distributing their produce to local grocery stores and restaurants. This grant funds the construction of a farm stand for at-risk youth to sell the produce grown at Growing Power’s urban farm in Chicago, Illinois.  As well, this grant funds the purchase EBT machines to allow the use of food stamps in the purchase of produce at the farm stand.

PUENTES ($10,000, 2011)

PUENTES establishes “food security” for the residents of disadvantaged communities within Stockton, CA and selected areas of Latin America through the development of Community Supported Gardens that facilitate access to fair-priced organic produce to community residents, training and educational opportunities, and transform under-utilized space to an organic farm. This grant funds the creation of the Boggs Tract Community Farm in Stockton, CA to realize PUENTES’ mission.

Girls on the Run ($2,250, 2011) ($5,000, 2010) ($2,500, 2009)

Girls on the Run of Greater Sacramento is dedicated to helping young girls in grades 3 to 8 to make choices for healthy living and community responsibility. GOTR provides after-school running programs utilizing an innovative curriculum that focuses on building self-esteem and improving physical and emotional well-being during the most challenging years of adolescence. GOTR partners with local schools, coordinating volunteer coaches through teacher and parent networks. Each season’s program is 12 weeks long. The girls meet twice a week for one hour after school, and each session is filled with fun activities to develop running and life skills. By the end of the 12-week session the girls will have participated in a community service project and completed a 5K running event with her team members.

Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer ($10,000, 2011)

PINCC prevents cervical cancer by educating women, training health care providers, and equipping facilities in developing countries, utilizing proven, low cost, accessible technology methods. Cervical cancer is the most common cancer cause of death for women in the Global South, even though it is the most preventable. This grant funded a Community Outreach and Education project in East Africa, with the aim to provide sensitive, culturally competent information in an understandable format, through trusted Community Health Workers.

Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership ($6,000, 2011)

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo (OHDZ) and its Malagasy NGO, the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership (MBP), created an innovative project in Madagascar that protects local forests while raising the standard of living for thousands of people. The Kianjavato reforestation and community supported agricultural program safeguards endangered species by developing people’s skills in natural resource stewardship. The OHDZ-MBP’s reforestation effort, in close partnership with the local community, will plant one million trees in five years to protect critically endangered lemurs. This grant funds sustainable technologies such as solar-powered lights, which locals receive in exchange for planting trees.

Ignite ($10,000, 2011)

Ignite is a nonprofit that works to build young women’s political ambition and train them to run for office. It started in 2009 and now has a presence in California and Texas. They run high school and college programs which provide training and education. Our grant supported the annual “Ignite Tomorrow’s Women Leaders Today” conference which was held in March 2012. This conference brought together hundreds of young women to learn about issues such as staffing a campaign and getting appointed to boards and commissions. Congresswoman Barbara Lee was the keynote speaker.

Game Theory Academy ($5,000, 2011)

Game Theory Academy works to improve the economic decision-making skills of low-income youth who have experience with juvenile justice, foster care and homelessness. GTA teaches students how to think differently about money, increasing their financial stability and academic achievement while decreasing criminal activity. In 2012, they have nearly 60 youth in classes in the Bay Area and have launched an alumni workshop series. Our grant supports the research and development of a training program for educators using the GTA curriculum.

Jacaranda Health ($10,000, 2010)

Jacaranda Health is a social venture that aims to set a new standard for maternity care in East Africa. They are combining business and clinical innovations to create a self-sustaining and scalable chain of clinics in Kenya that provide reproductive health services to poor urban women. They launched their first mobile clinic in Fall 2010 and their first Jacaranda Clinic in Spring 2011. The grant was to develop a Human Resource Management system that will allow for top-notch training of nurses and be replicable for other health programs in Africa. They will conduct surveys of nurses and midwives to identify what incentives will be most successful. They will hire a local expert to develop HR protocols and systems, incorporating input from global HR advisors. They will measure their social impact by investigating whether there was an improvement in clinical quality and whether there more target patients utilized their services.

UCLA Mobile Clinic ($6,000, 2010)

The Mobile Clinic at UCLA seeks to improve the health outcomes and quality of life for the homeless and low-income community of Los Angeles. In 2009, they noticed an increased demand for vision services, specifically vision checks and corrective lenses. Poor vision is among the top five prevalent conditions affecting the physical health and well being of homeless adults in Los Angeles County. Each vision clinic costs an average of $3,000. All services provided by optometrists and opticians are free of charge. The only cost of the vision clinic is the cost of corrective lenses. With our grant, they will be able to conduct two vision clinics in 2011.

Vermont Intercultural Center ($7,500, 2010)

The Vermont Intercultural Center has partnered with Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh, a nonprofit working to reform the education system of Ladakh, develop culturally appropriate texts and teaching methods, and promote appropriate and renewable energy technology development throughout the region. The northwest Himalaya have experienced dramatic and intense thunderstorms that have killed hundreds of people and damaged thousands of homes in the city of Leh. The communities have decided to relocate and have expressed a strong interest in safer, more energy-efficient building methods to construct their new homes. The grant will fund the building of passively heated homes, to improve thermal comfort, reduce fuel consumption and reduce indoor air pollution.

Impact Network ($8,000, 2010)

The Impact Network is a nonprofit that builds Community Schools that serve as a hub for development in villages in Zambia. The nonprofit creates a Parent Teacher Association in each village that contribute bricks towards construction and also collect tuition from parents to hire teachers at the schools and maintain the buildings. Apart from the initial investment of $8,000 for school construction, the continued operation of the schools is locally funded and sustainable. Our grant will fund construction of a school and provide 200 to 300 students, largely AIDS orphans, with educational access they would not otherwise have. Community school tuition is roughly $3 per year, compared to as much as $30 for government-run schools.

UC Berkeley Cookstoves Project ($5,000, 2010) ($10,000, 2009)

Almost half the world cooks on inefficient wood and charcoal cookstoves. These stoves kill over a million people a year from indoor air pollution, contribute to deforestation, and release billions of tonnes of CO2. Improved cookstoves can dramatically reduce these problems and also save poor households substantial amounts of time and money. Nevertheless, improved stoves are not widely adopted by the global poor. This grant funds research into an alternative sales contracts to encourage the adoption of improved cookstoves in Senegal. They will offer a warranty, a free trial period, and time payments that the customer can stop at any time (as with rent-to-own). With this contract consumers do not pay for the stove until fuel savings have accumulated. Such an offer can reduce liquidity constraints and alleviate distrust about fuel savings and stove durability, hopefully increasing the adoption of this technology.

Ella Baker Center ($5,000, 2009)

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is a strategy and action center working for justice, opportunity and peace in urban America. This grant fund their Green-Collar Jobs Campaign: Creating opportunities in the green economy for low-income communities and communities of color. Since the launch of Green-Collar Jobs Campaign in 2005, Ella Baker has achieved numerous accomplishments in earning a key position to convene policymakers, community organizations, environmental organizations, green businesses and labor interests. 2009 activities include: Building an unparalleled Oakland Climate Action Coalition, Creating a replication toolkit for the Oakland Green Jobs Corps, and Shaping a green and equitable economic stimulus for California.

Mission Graduates ($5,000, 2009)

Mission Graduates increases the number of K-12 students from San Francisco’s Mission District who are prepared for and complete a college education. Their vision is for college to become the expectation, rather than the exception for low-income families from the Mission District. Their programs include outdoor experiential education, teen pregnancy prevention work, youth and parent leadership modules, and academic and family-based college counseling support to youth of all ages. They strongly encourage the participation of parents and guardians and about 150 of them participate on a regular basis. This grant supports the College Bound Ambassador project. College Bound Ambassadors (CBA) are high school student volunteers who tutor, mentor and help to build college-going culture at MG’s Tutoring Center program that serves 140 K-5th grade students after-school. This experience helps ambassadors to build their academic resume, gives them content for their college essays, and links them with asset-building organizations that will invest two dollars for every dollar that each ambassador invests into an Individual Development Account that can only be used for legitimate college expenses.

Green for All ($3,600, 2009)

Green For All was created to solve two problems at the same time: pollution, which leads to global warming; and poverty, which often results from unemployment. Their mission is to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Our goal is to put people to work in jobs that will combat global warming, grow local and regional economies and provide equitable access to the opportunities of the green-collar economy. To achieve this goal, Green For All engages in a dynamic combination of six strategies: Thought Leadership, Policy and Advocacy, Capacity Building, Organizing, Business Development and Leadership Development. The Green For All Academy is the cornerstone of our Leadership Development strategy and trains leaders from low-income communities and communities of color to communicate the promise of the green economy - and take action to realize that promise. This grant supports 3 Academy fellows throughout the year-long training program.

Local Self-Reliance ($2,500, 2009)

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) is a 35-year-old national nonprofit organization. In 1998, ILSR established the New Rules Project (, which provides research and develops policy tools to empower citizen leaders and elected officials. The centerpiece of the project is an online library of hundreds of policies (along with supporting research) that build equitable, community-rooted, and environmentally sustainable local economies. Relying on the New Rules Project's research and technical assistance, citizens groups across the country have developed winning messages, intervened effectively in planning and regulatory proceedings, and led successful campaigns to transform local and state policy on a variety of issues. This grant supports the New Rules Project's work on two key initiatives that empower communities to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions: 1. Creating Municipal and County-Level Energy Financing Programs, and 2. Fostering Neighborhood Business Development.