Full Circle Fund's 2016 Demo Day Showcases 15 Innovative Ways to Give Back

Wednesday the 30th of November wasn’t just another night, over 400 concerned citizens gathered at SFJAZZ for Full Circle Fund’s 5th Annual Demo Day where they learned how they can activate and accelerate social change in the Bay Area.

The event featured pitches from Full Circle Fund’s seven Grant Partners who shared their organization’s innovative solutions in the areas of Education, Environment, Economic Opportunity and Health. Below you’ll find a short outline of each organization’s approach and two ways you can join them in giving back.

If you are looking to accelerating social change please consider about joining Full Circle Fund’s community of professional Members. Find out more about our innovative programs here or email Full Circle Fund’s Director of Membership and Community Jo Stein to set up a time to meet and discuss our membership opportunities in more detail.

Lotus Bloom is a multicultural organization that develops and provides innovative programs for inner-city children, youth and families. Through their creative programming, they seek to empower individuals to realize their full potential and transcend their dreams into reality.

They provide arts, crafts, music, and literacy activities to help promote language development and early learning experiences. Lotus Bloom is dedicated to working with diverse populations and seeks to connect people of different backgrounds to work collaboratively.

  • Volunteer as a strategic advisor

  • Support programs to replenish caregivers

The East Bay College Fund helps resilient public high school seniors, underrepresented in higher education, go to college and expand their life opportunities.

The East Bay College Fund aspires to involve the whole community in providing college scholarships, mentoring, and support networks to assist these young people in realizing their full potential.Become a MentorHelp place a Scholar in an Internship

Mills Teacher Scholars supports teams of urban public school teachers to conduct teacher-led inquiry on their practice. Teacher teams meet monthly with MTS staff to pursue their year-long inquiry work. Teachers frame a question about their students' learning, select focal students, collect and collaboratively analyze student work data, and adjust their teaching in response to their new understandings about their students' learning.

  • Sponsor a teacher’s learning

  • Advocate for teacher learning

The Conscious Kitchen is dedicated to a systemic transformation of school dining, to the health and wellness of our children and to a thriving future for our planet.

The Conscious Kitchen partners with schools, guiding them to implement food programs based on five foundational terms: fresh, local, organic, seasonal, non-GMO (FLOSN).

  • Support “A Taste of the Conscious Kitchen”

  • Help the Conscious Kitchen Expand Into 3 New Schools

Project Homeless Connect (PHC), a national best practice model, originated in San Francisco under Mayor Gavin Newsom in October 2004. Today, PHC is emulated in 200 cities across the United States as well as Canada, Puerto Rico and Australia.

Every other month over 1000 community volunteers partner with city government, non-profits and the private sector to provide a one-stop shop of health and human services for homeless San Franciscans. Services include medical, mental health, substance abuse, housing, dental, SSI benefits, legal counseling, eyeglasses, California ID, food, voicemail, employment counseling and job placement, wheelchair repair and more.

  • Volunteer at PHC 66 on 12/7 or another upcoming event

  • Donate a Hoodie

Seacology works to conserve vulnerable ecosystems on islands throughout the world while also helping local communities by providing an island village with a needed civic project—like a new school or health clinic—in exchange for protection of surrounding land or sea ecosystems. So far Seacology has launched more than 250 projects in 57 countries.

  • Support a Seacology Project

  • Recommend Seacology’s Programs to others

RE-VOLV’s crowdfunding platform empowers individuals to combat climate change by supporting solar projects for nonprofit and community-serving organizations, lowering electricity costs and reducing carbon footprints.

They train college students and community organizers to lead local campaigns spreading the word that solar power is accessible to everyone. The benefits multiply through The RE-VOLV Fund, which receives the monthly solar electricity payments from participating nonprofits and reinvests these funds in other nonprofit solar projects around the country. It’s a pay-it-forward mode for solar energy.

  • Volunteer to Lead a Solar Project

  • Get Connected with RE-VOLV and learn more about solar

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