The end of the calendar year is a time for reflection and planning. For many, it is also an opportunity to make a tax-deductible contribution to a favorite nonprofit organizations.
Social Change Consulting has been fortunate to have worked with many amazing nonprofit organizations over the last few years. Below are a handful of organizations that I believe in and have enjoyed working with. While we’ve also worked with a few foundations and 501c4’s that do not have donation options, these are 13 nonprofits that I can recommend from first-hand experience.
Gender Spectrum helps to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens. We’ve been working with them for a few years and their entire team is incredibly dedicated to creating a world in which every child can live as their authentic self.
Jackson Orthopaedic Foundation (JOF)
JOF is dedicated to improving the lives of people with musculoskeletal conditions through education, research and service. The organization is primarily volunteer driven – their team works around the clock to educate the public and health-care professionals.
Latinas Contra Cancer (LCC)
LCC was founded to address the void in culturally and linguistically sensitive programs that meet the health care needs of Latinos around issues of cancer. We’ve worked with LCC on a few projects – they are passionate and always working to find the best ways to support their constituents.
Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ)
LEJ promotes ecological health, environmental stewardship, and community development in Southeast San Francisco by creating urban greening, eco-literacy, community stewardship and workforce development opportunities. They have a small team that is doing awesome work that will have a long-term impact in Bayview/Hunters Point.
Orion Academy is a day school designed to provide a comprehensive program for high school students whose academic success is compromised by a neurocognitive disability. Orion was great to work with and dedicated to their students. After beginning our work with them, I learned that an extended family member had attended Orion and had a great experience.
Real Boy Documentary
Real Boy is the coming-of-age story of Bennett Wallace, a transgender teenager on a journey to find his voice—as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man. We’ve been fortunate to work with filmmaker Shaleece Haas when working with Gender Spectrum. Shaleece is a joy to work with and a brilliant filmmaker.
California Culture Change Coalition (CCCC)
CCCC’s mission is to provide support and expertise to California’s nursing homes assisting them to become models for quality of care, quality of life and quality of work. This was an area/mission that I didn’t have much knowledge about at the outset of the project; there is an unbelievable need for their work.
California School-Based Health Alliance (CSBHA)
CSBHA aims to improve the health and academic success of children and youth by advancing health services in schools. Their work throughout the state helps students maintain their health and success. They have a tremendous effect on a number of key outcomes throughout California and do this via an innovative and surprisingly small team.
Cotlands is a non-profit early childhood development organisation in South Africa addressing the education and social crisis by establishing early learning playgroups and toy libraries in under-resourced communities to serve vulnerable children aged birth to six. We just began working with Cotlands and their ability to support children throughout South Africa is awe-inspiring.
Hopalong Animal Rescue
Their mission is to eliminate the euthanasia of adoptable animals throughout Northern California. Since being founded in 1993, Hopalong has collectively saved over 24,000 animals, placing them in loving, permanent homes. We worked on a couple of projects with Hopalong. While we always enjoyed their staff and volunteers, we especially loved the meetings that included kittens and puppies cuddling on us.
Infant Development Association of California (IDA)
IDA is a multidisciplinary organization of parents and professionals committed to ensuring optimal developmental outcomes for infants with special needs and their families. IDA was our first client and we worked with the Board for the North Chapter, who were passionate and devoted to infants and their families.
Mills College Children’s School (MCCS)
MCCS is a model for excellence in child-centered education. The oldest laboratory school on the West Coast and part of the renowned School of Education at Mills, the Children’s School serves children from age 0–10 in three developmentally appropriate programs. We worked with the parent association and staff – their team is very committed to the children at their school and create a great learning environment for students and teachers.
Rushing to Yoga Foundation (RTY)
RTY seeks to strengthen peace and compassion within higher education by providing the Integrative Inquiry curriculum, customized retreats and workshops for higher education faculty and administrators, keynotes and seminars for the general public, and personalized coaching for students, administrators, and faculty. RTY was one of our first projects and their team is incredibly thoughtful, passionate, and dedicated.