So many nonprofits were nominated for #SupportingOurSector this year 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.
Los Angeles LGBT Center
“Provides health, social, housing, culture and education services for members of the lesbian, gay and transgender community.” -Anonymous
Michelson Found Animals Foundation
“Putting pets in our homes and keeping them there – because all pets are meant to be with good people!” -Ron B.
“Offers homeless men, women and children a path to self-sufficiency by providing recovery programs, job training, education and workplace development.” -Anonymous
“Nate Howard is the phenomenal founder of “Movement Be” and his mission is to encourage youth worldwide to find their purpose through self-expression. Nate and his inspiring work has been featured on the Today show, and Tedtalk, just to name a few. His organization is based right here in San Diego and he is interested in collaborating with MetLife for funding opportunities and advice.” -Anonymous
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
“The Natural History Museum opens the window to the natural world very wide!! Not only can we learn about how our lives are sustained and enhanced every day, but we are also privileged to look far back into the past to see how our world has evolved.” -Jean S.
New Horizons: Serving Individuals with Special Needs
“For over 60 years, New Horizons has been empowering individuals with special needs to fulfill their dreams.” -Anonymous
“Not Impossible is doing fantastic work through focusing on one individual problem at a time and using the developed technology to provide low cost solutions to the most vulnerable populations.” -Charlie F.
“Young people cannot aspire to a job they don’t understand, in a field they haven’t been exposed to. Omni Nano will provide opportunities for students (as early as high school) to pursue nanotechnology coursework, helping to close that gap by promoting interest in nanotechnology and preparing students for the skilled jobs of tomorrow.” -T. D.
“Opportunity Fund is tackling economic inequality so that hard work and perseverance means a shot at getting ahead, not just struggling to get by. Our programs are supported by a community of donors and investors whose contributions help to fund small businesses, support college students, and build stronger families and vibrant neighborhoods. Since 1994, the team has deployed $600 million and helped 20,000 families earn, save and invest in their own futures.” -Anonymous
“Pablove provides funding to the grossly under-funded childhood cancer researchers. They also provide a support system, safety net, and educational resources for families of those experiencing childhood cancer. Finally, they run the Pablove Shutterbugs, which teaches kids with cancer to express themselves through the art of photographer and allows them to be kids again.” -Bridget B.
Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness
“PPTFH was formed in October 2014 as an independent group of community volunteers committed to compassionately addressing the serious issues associated with homelessness in the Palisades.” -Anonymous
Parents Education League of Los Angeles
“The Parents Education League of Los Angeles (PEL) is the only non-profit, objective and comprehensive resource for LA Parents navigating schools and educational resources, both public and private throughout Los Angeles.” -Desiree L.
Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation
“The Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation exists only to fund research for childhood cancer. Not only are they fundraisers, but they are one of the most trusted organizations with donor dollars. Over 80% of every dollar actually goes to the research! Their grant process really identifies the best research happening at top hospitals in the country. The government barely gives 4% of the budget to pediatrics, so foundations like PCRF are essential to saving more lives. I have met families who have directly benefited from the research PCRF believed in and funded so that kids can live a cancer-free life. I have met doctors who credit PCRF for getting their research off the ground and into accessible treatments by patients and families. PCRF inspires hope in families everywhere. A gift of this magnitude would really help fund more effective research, and in turn save more lives. You can help save lifetimes with PCRF.” -Erin A.
PLUS ME Project
“The PLUS ME Project has inspired and encouraged my high school students in a challenging neighborhood to see the value in college and career advancements. My students identify with the stories of the presenters who had challenges themselves when in school. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the PLUS ME Project in an effort to bring real life stories to real life students.” -Rachel W.
“This organization provides disadvantaged and “sheltered” children with items to bring them joy, comfort, and relief during a time of crisis where spousal abuse occurs. It supports babies, children and teens that are entering and living in transitional and crisis domestic violence shelters. Typically their mothers have escaped a violent atmosphere and may have had to leave so quickly they do not have anything but the clothes on their back.” -Lorraine H.
Rio Vista Elementary PTA
“Rio Vista Elementary is a Title 1 school in North Hollywood. CA. The mission of the Rio Vista Elementary School PTA is to foster a welcoming and vibrant school community that celebrates diversity, promotes an enriching learning environment, and encourages engagement in our school. With contributions from our parents, local business and extended community, our PTA fundraises to cover the costs of Music & Arts programs, our Hidden Garden and outdoor classroom, as well as Field Trips at all grade levels. These programs would not exist without the dedication and creativity of our wonderful and hardworking PTA.” -Anonymous
- Website: https://riovistaes-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com/PTA
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RioVistaElementaryPTA/
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. Minimal edits were made for brevity or fluidity.
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