By Fernande Legros, Full Circle Fund Program Officer
Watch our launch event video here.
Our 2017 grant partnerships have officially launched! On May 23rd, we were joined by 150+ Members, guests, and community partners at LinkedIn for the reveal of the seven high-impact nonprofits that make up this year’s Grant Portfolio. The night began with an hour long of short presentations by each grant partner describing their organization, intended impact, and needs - preceded by a brief introduction by a team lead on what they found inspiring about their selected organization.
In the next few weeks, our seven teams will be diving into their projects, finalizing their scope of work, and beginning their workstreams. Take a look at what they’ll be working on!
21st Century Learning- Niroga Institute
A two-time former grantee in 2008 and 2009, Niroga Institute strives to foster health and well-being for individuals, families, and communities through the practice of Mindful Yoga. Their integrated Mindful ABC - Act, Breathe, Center - model builds stress resilience, increases learning readiness, enables emotion regulation, and increases prosocial behavior in children and youth, and the adults around them.
Principal Training- Reach Institute
Reach, also a former grantee (2012), believes great teaching is at the heart of every great school. Its work is focused on developing and supporting teachers and educational leaders who are committed to creating and sustaining effective urban schools.
Equity/Wealth Gap- Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC)
Sustainable Economies Law Center provides essential legal tools - education, research, advice, and advocacy - so communities everywhere can develop their own sustainable sources of food, housing, energy, jobs, and other vital aspects of a thriving community. Their new Permanent Real Estate Cooperatives (PERC) project seeks to develop a more equitable model of property ownership to address the increasing displacement of low- to moderate-income communities and communities of color.
Homelessness- Downtown Streets Team
Downtown Streets Team strives to end homelessness by restoring the dignity and rebuilding the lives of unhoused men and women. Founded in 2005, Downtown Streets Team operates in seven Bay Area communities and serves over 750 unhoused men and women a year with almost 50 staff members and growing. It is now looking to expand its social enterprise KARTMA Street Cafe - which trains, employs, and provides a livable wage to individuals transitioning out of homelessness.
Access to Healthcare- Third Street Youth Center & Clinic
The 3rd Street Youth Center and Clinic is a community-based agency providing youth in Bayview Hunters Point with medical and behavioral health services that encourage them to make decisions that support their health, safety, and development.
Mass Transit- Bike East Bay
Bike East Bay promotes healthy, sustainable communities by making bicycling safe, fun and accessible. Using a multi-modal approach, the Southside Pilot Transit-Bike Project, which is a multi-roadway improvement project in the southside area of Berkeley, looks to improve bus travel times, build a protected bike lane network, make loading activities more efficient, increase pedestrian safety, and encourage drivers to leave their car keys at home. This innovative pilot is powered by AC Transit, the City of Berkeley, Bike East Bay and UC Berkeley.
Renewable Energy- WattTime
WattTime, founded by UC Berkeley researchers and Google engineers, is the one and only organization worldwide that successfully developed software to identify "what times" the clean energy waste is occurring, in real time.