"Before the pandemic, one in five neighbors was at risk of hunger. Now that the pandemic has upended thousands of people’s lives and livelihoods, the need is even greater. As a result, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in food insecurity in our community. The Food Bank is now serving 55,000 households, nearly twice as many as pre-pandemic. We’ve met this need by standing up new programs and procedures to ensure we can continue to feed our neighbors facing hunger." - Rachel Breuer, Senior Events & Special Projects Manager, San Francisco-Marin Food Bank
EOC focuses on civic engagement and leadership, neighborhood and transportation planning, economic empowerment; and advocacy, organizing, policy, food and housing justice for some of Oakland’s most vulnerable populations—Black and Brown residents and our unhoused neighbors.
"Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, EOC has expanded and scaled our food justice efforts to address the widened food insecurity experienced by the unhoused, seniors, low income families and more. EOC’s office in the heart of Deep East Oakland has turned into a robust food and resource hub for the community." - Candice Elder, EOC Founder and Executive Director
Synaesthesia Collective stands in solidarity with our fellow Black creatives, activists and citizens in addressing the legacy of oppression inflicted on the Black community in this country. We are dedicated to doing our part to create a more antiracist world by interrogating our own internal biases, amplifying Black creatives, and actively participating in Black liberation. Pins for Progress is one small step we are taking right now to engage in the fight for equity, and we hope you'll join us.
"At Women's Foundation California, we know that the people closest to the problem are in the best position to solve it. But all too often, those same people are furthest away from the resources needed to make those solutions real. We work persistently to close that gap." Mazuri Colley, Development & Database Manager, she/her/hers
Women's Foundation California is building a future where women of color, queer, and gender nonconforming people can thrive and live fully and joyfully no matter their immigration status or the numbers at the end of their bank account statement. The organization invests in, trains, and connects community leaders to advance gender, racial, and economic justice. Their team's approach to gender extends beyond the reductive binary, and their community is made up of cisgender and transgender women, genderqueer, gender-variant and nonbinary individuals, and trans men. Grant partners, staff, board WPI alum and fellows reflect a broad range of gender expressions.
Each April pin supports Youth vs. Apocalypse, a diverse group of young climate justice activists based in the Bay Area who are working together to lift the voices of youth, in particular, youth of color and working class youth. Their collective action aims to fight for a livable climate and an equitable, sustainable, and just world.
Each May pin supports the Mental Health Association of San Francisco, a peer-run organization that has challenged the stigma and discrimination clouding mental health across diverse communities while changing policy, perception, and people for over 70 years.
"As the need for accessible mental health care continues to grow exponentially, MHASF aims to raise $75,000 for our upcoming 75th anniversary in 2022... With your gift, MHASF will continue to thrive and offer peer support and resources to all those in need—regardless of their socioeconomic status, race, gender, sexuality, age, or religion." Mary Jo De Silva, Fundraising & Events Coordinator
Each June pin supports the SF LGBT Center, a central safe space for the LGBTQ+ community to gather, organize, celebrate, and access services.
Providing direct services to 12,000 people each year, the Center prioritizes programs for those who are most vulnerable and face compounding challenges. "Throughout the COVID pandemic, the Center has operated the majority of services remotely, including assisting job seekers in finding supportive employers, supporting small business owners, connecting unhoused young adults to stable housing, offering information and referrals to community members in need of support, and much more. Together, we are building a stronger and healthier community." Lara Hueter, Development Manager
Each July pin supports Asian Health Services (AHS), a community health center whose mission is to serve and advocate for the medically underserved, including the immigrant and refugee Asian community, and to ensure equal access to health care services regardless of income, insurance status, language, or culture.
AHS provides medical, dental and behavioral health services to more than 50,000 patients annually in 14 different languages. As a nationally recognized community health center model, AHS stands at the forefront of quality and innovation. Per Alice Lee-Osborne, Director of Development: "We address the unique cultural beliefs, language needs, attitudes and values of our patients. We provide healthcare for all and advocacy for the underserved. Our reach, however, goes beyond the bounds of our clinic, and into the community and broader nation; civic engagement and advocacy are the heart of our work as a community clinic."
The Great Give Back (GGB) challenges the entire Burning Man ecosystem to give back to the Indigenous people of the Great Basin, where Black Rock City is built. A project of Burners Without Borders, GGB formed recently out of a coalition of theme camps and individuals to coordinate resources, money and time to address a variety of community needs at Pyramid Lake and other Nevada reservations. GGB collaborates directly with the Indigenous community on a variety of projects from school supply drives to house repair projects.
In order to align with the Burning Man principle of decommodification, all sales for the Burning Man 2021 pin are donated in full to The Great Give Back Challenge with exception for shipping and handling costs.
Each October pin supports Tech Exchange, a community nonprofit working to advance digital equity through its mission to ensure that all families have a computer, internet access, and the technology skills necessary to improve and enhance their lives. Tech Exchange envisions a digitally connected Bay Area where everyone has the technology resources they need to thrive.
Tech Exchange transforms donations of used computer equipment into essential tools for individuals who had previously been stranded by the digital divide. Equipment is refurbished locally with assistance from paid interns in a structured workforce development program. Robust partnerships with school districts, public authorities, and other nonprofits allow Tech Exchange to connect with community members in need of digital access support. Families who qualify as low-income can receive free devices, digital literacy training, and ongoing tech support in person at the Tech Hub in Oakland, through the Tech Exchange call center, or online at techexchange.org.
The Disability Awareness pin supports The Bridge School, a nonprofit whose mission is to ensure that individuals with severe speech and physical impairments achieve full participation in their communities through the use of augmentative & alternative means of communication and assistive technology application and through the development, implementation and dissemination of innovative life-long educational strategies.