So many nonprofits were nominated for #SupportingOurSector and we were overwhelmed with the heartwarming nominations that came in! When we designed this initiative, we wanted to be sure to help amplify the causes that our community cares about. In response to the dozens of organizations and hundreds and hundreds of meaningful recommendations we read through, we’re sharing the list of nominated organizations with links to their website and social media pages, and a selection of the nominations we received.
We encourage you to visit them and learn about a new organization, or more about one you may already be familiar with.
“Homeboy Industries provides hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community.” – Anonymous
I Have a Dream Foundation
“I Have A Dream goes into the most at risk schools and provides tutoring, mentoring and works with teachers to assure that the entire grade that they sponsor receives free, year round support from 3rd grade to and through college, with the guarantee of a college scholarships. They seek to end intergenerational poverty in inner cities.” – Anonymous
“Ice911 Research is working hard to solve some key environmental problems like loss of Arctic ice, and shortages of water from drought, by using carefully considered engineering techniques to take direct action to safely preserve ice and conserve water. Operating as a non-profit allows these solutions for the common good to be developed outside of the constraints of making a profit, and outside the sometimes very slow political processes surrounding climate issues.” – Anonymous
“This organization has provided the classes that used to be part of the school day.” – Anonymous
- Website: http://www.infinitelearningnow.com/
Inner City Law Center
“Providing equal access to justice for those less fortunate.” – Harry B.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Los Angeles
“This is a whole other world. While I have become a member to a club I never wanted to join, as my 13 year old was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes over the summer after being airlifted out of her beloved summer camp… JDRF has found a way to help us transition to this huge adjustment in a profound way. I have never experienced such compassionate and effective people.” – Anonymous
Jewish Vocational Services Los Angeles
“JVS Los Angeles is transforming lives one person at a time through work readiness, career coaching, job training, mentoring, job search assistance and post-employment retention services that address the unique struggles of people living in poverty, Veterans, at-risk youth, immigrants/refugees, persons with disabilities and more.” – Steven M.
“Katie’s Krops was founded in 2010 by Katie Stagliano, who in 2008 at the tender age of 9 grew a 40 pound cabbage in her backyard and donated it to a soup kitchen where it fed 275 people. Moved by the experience, she started Katie’s Krops, which currently has over 100 youth-run gardens in 32 states. Their long term vision is to grow a healthy, sustainable solution to hunger by developing a large family of young growers across all 50 states.” – Steve A.
“We find families for older orphans and foster youth who are typically overlooked or hidden away from adoption simply because they are older kids.” – Bonnie W.
Kitchens For Good
“After attending their last graduation, it’s easy to see they’re making a huge impact on our community. Providing job training to those who otherwise may not have a chance at a career, rescuing wasted food, and making meals for other nonprofits are all important pursuits for any organization, and Kitchens for Good does all three. We need more organizations like this all over the country.” – Anonymous
“This organization organizes beach clean ups every Sunday. They walk along the beach picking up trash of all types. They also go out into Santa Monica bay to remove floating trash and debris. The founders of the organization also give of themselves to save turtles around the world. Even in the most dangerous of places, like Costa Rica, where they literally risk their lives to ensure the turtle eggs hatch. They then bring that knowledge back here and do offshore searches for injured or entangled turtles and help them here at home as well. They are an excellent example of what people can do when they do more than just talk a big game on social media. They get out there, get dirty, and make good changes happen.” – Anonymous
“LA Kitchen believes neither food nor people should ever go to waste. They provide those transitioning from incarceration a living wage and job training in commercial kitchens, preparing scratch-made meals using rescued food to support seniors who struggle with hunger here in our community.” – Andy M.
Lyme Lilli Foundation
“The foundation funds testing and treatment for people with Lyme disease that have fallen on financial hardship. They provide testing and treatment to all ages, and animals. Always positive and inspiring on social media.” – Anonymous
Please note, Starfish Impact did not conduct any due diligence on the above organizations to ensure their nonprofit status, and is not explicitly endorsing any or all of these organizations. The quotes are pulled from the nominations, and attributed when permission was received, or anonymized if not.
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