2013 Grantee Profiles

826 Valencia
826 Valencia
San Francisco, CA 94110
826 Valencia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages six to eighteen with their creative and expository writing skills and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen when trained tutors work one-on-one with students and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. 826 offers a range of programs, all free of charge, for students, classrooms, and schools in the Bay Area. A project-based approach allows students ownership over the writing process, and strengthens their ability to express themselves clearly and in their own voice. By making writing fun, by demystifying the process and by creating gorgeous books, magazines, and newspapers that honor their work, the 826 program can inspire young people to gain critical skills and write with confidence.
1752 NW Market St #818
Seattle, WA 98107
The 88bikes Foundation endows bicycles to girls throughout the world, especially survivors of human trafficking, many in ashrams, shelters, or orphanages. They partner with vetted, locally-run NGOs, purchase bicycles from local vendors, hire local labor and connect each survivor one-to-one with her donor. Their volunteers return to lead bike rides, organize repair clinics–even paint murals. They call it Joy–Based Philanthropy, and since 2007 they’ve endowed nearly 3000 bikes to heroic kids in fourteen countries, including India, Nepal, Mongolia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Ghana, Uganda, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Peru, Bosnia, and the Navajo Nation.
934 Brannan St, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
ArtSpan builds community by connecting the public to visual arts in San Francisco. Through SF Open Studios, youth and adult education and art-centric events, ArtSpan creates a platform for artists to thrive, fostering a Bay Area community that values the arts. ArtSpan’s Art for City Youth Program has connected local working artists with under-served youth in San Francisco through three separate but complementary arts programs: Art & Literacy, Tours of SF Open Studio Exhibition and an 8 -week Artists Residency Program.
BayKids Studios
1007 General Kennedy Ave, #10
San Francisco, CA 94129
BayKids Studios heals children through the art of filmmaking. The innovative educational, artistic and therapeutic filmmaking programs help children and families at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland and beyond. Children with chronic illnesses are given this wonderful outlet through film to channel their hopes, fears and everything else they are experiencing. By expressing themselves, children work with BayKids filmmakers and visiting artists one on one and in groups to tap into their imagination, elevate their creative voices, and improve their lives. BayKids Studios has helped over 5,000 children and their families get through cancer and other medical conditions.
California Domestic Worker’s Coalition
3543 18th St, #23
San Francisco, CA 94110
Founded in 2006, the California Domestic Worker Coalition is the state’s leading voice for the 200,000 of domestic workers in California, most of whom are women. The Coalition is comprised of 13 membership-based affiliate organizations of over 5,000 nannies, housekeepers and caregivers for the elderly. Their mission is to empower domestic workers to come out of the shadows through community organizing, grassroots action, leadership training, and working to establish statewide guidelines that protect them from abuse and exploitation. The coalition believes workers deserve basic labor protections and will continue to work until all are treated with the dignity and respect, and will act collectively to achieve just and equitable employment.
Children’s Book Project
45 Holly Park Circle
San Francisco, CA 94110
The mission of the Children’s Book Project (CBP) is to help economically disadvantaged children learn to read by providing the children and their schools, shelters, after school and child care programs with books and other literacy resources.
Children’s Hospital & Research Center
2201 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland’s mission is to protect and advance the health and well-being of children through clinical care, teaching and research. Each year, more than 75,000 children from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and the country receive care. Children’s Hospital Oakland has the largest established music therapy program in the San Francisco Bay Area. The music therapy program adds a special dimension to the care patients receive. Hospitalization and illness can be a traumatizing experience for anyone, especially a child. We practice family-centered care, which means that, as a hospital, we address not only the physical healing of the child but we treat the child and family as a whole. Music therapy is a part of that holistic approach and adds a special dimension to the care patients receive.
Culture Jam
Oregon Country Fair/Youth Program
442 Lawrence St.
Eugene, OR 97401
In 2002, the Oregon Country Fair launched a new program designed specifically for teens called Culture Jam. This 8-day summer gathering, held separately from the 3-day main event in July, adds to and amplifies the intention to serve the larger community. With a policy of “no youth turned away for lack of funds,” 55 diverse youth ages 14-18 come together with 25 artists, performers, change-makers and naturalists. Together they explore the arts as a tool for social change; build community that honors diversity and values each member; and inspire each other to take action on the issues they care passionately about. Culture Jam is now planning for its 12th annual event, and since its inception has empowered hundreds of youth. It has also inspired hundreds of youth workers to take what they learned at CJ out into their year-round work with young people and adults, thus broadening Culture Jam’s reach and impact.
Enriching Lives Through Music (ELM)
(co-recipient of the 2012 Jerry Garcia Award)
c/o Community Initiative
354 Pine St
San Francisco, CA 94104
The mission of ELM is to inspire underserved youth of the Canal neighborhood in San Rafael to achieve excellence in all facets of their lives through music education, performance and participation in a music community. ELM’s goals are threefold:1. Inspire and motivate Canal neighborhood youth to develop discipline and increase self-esteem and resilience through a commitment to high quality instrumental music education, ensemble playing and performance opportunities.
2. Provide opportunities for ELM parents and relatives for meaningful involvement in their children’s lives thorough increased quality family time, parental pride and closer family relationships.
3. Contribute to the vibrancy of the Canal neighborhood through new and meaningful social networks with ELM families, increased leadership skills, new community partnerships that include both social service and arts providers and provision of neighborhood concerts and music workshops.
Girls Incorporated of the Northern Sacramento Valley
PO Box 1135
Red Bluff, CA 96080
Girls Incorporated of the Northern Sacramento Valley seeks to transform girls’ views of themselves and help them recognize the endless stream of opportunities that exist. Girls ages 6-18 are taught to be strong, smart, and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help them navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. Research-based curricula, delivered by trained, mentoring professionals in a positive all-girl environment, equip girls to achieve academically, lead healthy and physically active lives, manage money, navigate media messages and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering and math. Girls Inc. offices are often located in low-income areas and provide a weekly average of 30 hours of after-school, weekend, and summer activities. Programs address math and science education, pregnancy and drug abuse prevention, media literacy, adolescent health, violence prevention, and sports participation.
Richard Grace
c/o Grace Family Vineyards Foundation
1210 Rockland Dr.
St. Helena, CA
Richard Grace has been instrumental in delivering much needed services in the field of education and healthcare through various projects throughout the world. Examples of some of his work include the following:
• Building a medical clinic on the grounds of Shechen Monastary in Kathmandu, Nepal. More than ten years later that clinic is seeing over 100 underserved citizens each day.
• Refurbishing a school in Eastern Tibet (Kham) where the children were drinking fecal infected water, were freezing in their dormitory and classroom, and had virtually no classroom supplies. The kids now drink clean water, are warm in the classroom and dormitory, and have a much better set of supplies in each classroom.
• To help girls in Ganze Prefecture in Eastern Tibet to overcome the horrendous conditions that they had to endure, volunteers and built a dormitory and classrooms and assisted with a new cafeteria. 100 young girls are now living and learning in a much better environment.
• Taking numerous individuals off the streets of Kathmandu, Lhasa and Bangkok and ensuring their quality of life and their access to education. He has visited each of these people once or twice yearly and in every instance they have taken advantage of the opportunity afforded them. Instead of being unemployed, street people, beggars, or prostitutes, they are now all exposed to a more fulfilling lifestyle and can be contributors to a more harmonious, just, and peaceful planet.
Hidden Wings
(2012 Bill Graham Award)
517 Atterdag Rd.
Solvang, CA 93463
Hidden Wings is a non-profit dedicated to elevating the gifts of young adults with autism, so that they might have a full and productive life in society. Most high school graduates with autism are ill-prepared to face the challenges of the world. Hidden Wings has designed a post-secondary specifically for those on the autistic spectrum. The school opened September 15, 2010. The school has been created primarily by parents and gifted mentors. The emphasis is on rigorous exercise, a predictable and loving environment, and intellectual stimulation based upon the unique gifts of every student. Thus the goal is not the remediation of deficits but the cultivation of talents. In the 2011/2012 school year, drum therapy became a critical part of the Hidden Wings curriculum, and it has been found that the rhythm of drumming quiets the mind and reduces the anxiety, depression and loneliness of autism. Rhythm has become the speech of the speechless.
In Movement: Art for Social Change
Paseo de la Castellana 28
28014 Madrid
In Movement: Art for social change, promotes the well-being and socio-cultural development of orphaned and other underprivileged children in Uganda by providing a multi-disciplinary arts education program, which creates a vital space for their human growth, creativity and happiness. The organization accomplishes this through a multidimensional program, combining the following elements among others in a comprehensive strategy:
• Arts instruction –facilitators provide instruction and guide the creative process in music, dance, drama, visual arts, circus arts, and creative writing workshops.
• Field trips – In Movement believes that exposure to the world beyond the classroom setting is an important part of a young person’s development.
• Cultural activities –Students are involved in a variety of cultural events in Kampala throughout the year.
• Community service –Students participate in creating public mural projects, tree-planting activities, etc., as a way of understanding the importance of giving back to the community.
• Integration – In Movement coordinates activities such as art camps that bring together young people from different schools, genders, tribes, religions, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic strata.
• Psycho-social support – The In Movement counselor visits our partner facilities and has individual counseling sessions with our students.
KXCR Community Radio Partners
PO Box 127
Florence, OR 97439
KXCR Partners are dedicated to developing a true “Community Radio” station with maximum locally generated programming to be developed and produced by and for people of all age ranges (school aged youth to elderly); providing a radio voice for local nonprofit organizations; offering in-depth news and informational programs; and locally produced musical and other artistically based shows. The Rex Foundation grant to KXCR is toward the purchase of an Emergency Alert System (EAS), critical to the station’s role in providing emergency information to the public.
Lakewood High School Music Department
9331 Lancer Road
Hebron, OH 43025
The Rex grant reflects the proceeds from the Rex Jam at the All Good Festival and is to be used to further support the music department at Lakewood High School.
Lowell Celebrates Kerouac
PO Box 1111
Lowell, MA 01853
Lowell Celebrates Kerouac (LCK) was founded in 1986, initially for the purpose of building the Jack Kerouac Commemorative in Lowell. LCK produces an annual Kerouac Festival in the fall and a birthday observance in March. The mission is to maintain and honor the spirit, and the literary/cultural/artistic, legacy of Jack Kerouac in his hometown of Lowell, MA.
Men’s Story Project
4601 25th St, #7
San Francisco, CA 94114
The Men’s Story Project (MSP) aims to strengthen social norms that support healthy masculinities and gender equality, and help eliminate gender-based violence, homophobia and other oppressions that are intertwined with masculinities, through men´s public story-sharing events, mass media, and related educational tools, community engagement campaigns and ongoing groups.
My New Red Shoes
Sobrato Center for Nonprofits
330 Twin Dolphin Dr., Ste 135
Redwood City, CA 94065
The mission of My New Red Shoes is to help homeless and low-income children look and feel confident as they start the school year by providing them with new clothing and shoes and by rallying youth and adults around this effort through volunteer and educational opportunities for individuals, families, schools, corporations, and community groups.
Not everyone has experienced poverty or homelessness, but everyone has had a first day of school. And for many, memories of the excitement and anticipation of the first day of school are still fresh in their minds decades later. My New Red Shoes was founded with the vision to improve the attendance and educational experience of disadvantaged children and youth by increasing their confidence. Providing the basic necessities of shoes and clothing for children who truly needed these things could eliminate at least one barrier to attending school and impact a child’s overall school experience: everything from increased confidence inspiring a child to participate more fully in the classroom to being able to try out for the basketball team could be influenced with a new pair of shoes and new clothing for school.
Next Generation
636 Lindaro St.
San Rafael, CA 94901
Next Generation is about guiding youth to connect with our fragile planet, our life-giving communities and their resourceful selves. The mission is to empower young people in Marin to learn about pressing environmental and social issues; develop leadership skills; and take grassroots action for peace and sustainability. The Green Schools Program is at the core of Next Generation’s work. Tailored to each school’s interests and priorities, program offerings include school garden and nature awareness activities, in-class sustainability lessons, school-wide assemblies, puppet shows, outdoor field trips and service learning opportunities. In addition, the Green Schools Program provides youth leadership development through our facilitation of green teams and eco-clubs on campus. Furthermore, consultation services are offered to help schools green their campuses and connect with community organizations that can assist them to reduce their environmental footprint. Next Generation continues refining and improving programs and effectiveness in order to provide funders with high level of quality outputs for modest investment. Overall, the response from students, teachers and administrators continues to be positive and our programs continue to be in high demand.
Notes for Notes
PO Box 90632
Santa Barbara, CA 93190
Notes for Notes is dedicated to providing youth with free access to musical instruments, instruction and recording studio environments so that music may become a profoundly positive influence in their lives. They build, equip and staff after-school recording studios called MusicBoxes: positive, safe, and inspiring recording studio environments that offer youth the opportunity to explore, create and record music.
MusicBoxes are drop-in studios offering free instruction and access to guitars, basses, drums, keyboards/synths, DJ turntables, computer workstations with music creation software and a full recording studio. MusicBoxes are located throughout Santa Barbara, CA at Boys and Girls Clubs and coming soon to Nashville, TN. Notes for Notes was founded on the core belief that music is the universal language of humankind, and has the power to transcend virtually any barrier—be it economic, cultural, racial, or societal. At the heart of the organization is a dedication to the relationships formed through music. The organization makes a point not to censor lyrics as it is the freedom of expression and respect for the creativity of others that drives an open environment in the studio. Music is an incredibly powerful means of inspiring collaboration and connection and Notes for Notes believes it is these relationships that will have the most impact in a young person’s life.
Ol Malo Foundation Inc.
PO Box 265
Beals, ME 04611
The Samburu Trust will help pastoralist people to create a better future for their tribes and their children; one which appreciates the delicate balance between people, land and wildlife – the three areas of concentration. Samburu Trust projects are to be community-led by the Samburu for the Samburu, following project blueprints to move towards our ultimate goal of a model structure for working with pastoralist communities. Ol Malo Foundation aims to establish a modular system that can be implemented all over Africa and beyond. They strive to understand and work within the boundaries of the Samburu cultural practices which have allowed the people to survive in Northern Kenya’s desert lands for thousands of years. The focus is on children, from basic literacy to gender equality as well as health and environmental education. Nomadic schools accommodate the Samburu lifestyle. Committed to working in collaboration with pastoralist communities based on individual community needs, projects are hand made and managed by the community for the community. The role of the Foundation is to successfully demonstrate effective and cost-efficient program models so other non-profits can adopt the methodology and practices, demonstrating the possibilities of delivering sustainable programs tailor-made to pastoralist communities throughout Africa.
Opera Paralèlle
50 Oak St
San Francisco, CA 94102
Opera Parallèle (OP) is committed to developing and performing contemporary music and opera of the highest artistic caliber in a meaningful and rewarding way. OP embraces contemporary aesthetics, progressive social values, cutting-edge technology, and innovative design as essential to the future of the form. More specifically, OP is focused on producing rarely heard and musically challenging contemporary operas that include commissioned new works, re-orchestrations of existing grand operas, and new productions of existing contemporary operas. As the name implies, OP is committed to working collaboratively—in parallel—with artists from diverse disciplines. In the San Francisco Bay area, OP is the only professional organization focused exclusively on producing contemporary opera.
PAW Fund
PO Box 99485
Emeryville, CA 94662
The purpose of this organization is to help low income and homeless people take care of their companion animals by providing wellness services, such as free and low cost spay/neuter and free vaccinations to curb the spread of contagious diseases; as well as education of such pet owners and the general public about pet wellness, responsible animal care and the consequences of pet overpopulation; to nurture the animal/human bond by providing focused animal care support and assistance to those who might otherwise have to surrender or euthanize an animal due to lack of resources; and to keep animals out of shelters by reducing the population of kittens and puppies and keeping animals with their caretakers; to take in owner surrendered pets when possible, and rescue animals from animal shelters for the purpose of finding them permanent homes through adoption; and to create, publish, disseminate educational and informational materials as well as other publications promoting animal welfare and which explore the human/animal bond.
Predator Defense
PO Box 5446
Eugene, OR 97405
The mission is to protect native predators. Predator Defense has achieved a significant body of work over the last 23 years by using limited resources efficiently to fulfill its mission, without large fundraising teams and big salaries. Their efforts have exposed America’s ill-advised, hazardous and wasteful tax-funded “war on wildlife” to a worldwide audience. Predator Defense is working toward passage of a bill to ban two deadly wildlife poisons, Compound 1080 and sodium cyanide, widely used by Wildlife Services.
Rainforest Information Centre
7/6 Lower Spofforth Walk
Cremorne 2090
+61 0410370632
The Rainforest Information Centre (RIC), lead by John Seed, has been working for the conservation of the planet’s rainforests since 1979. Two notable US-based NGO’s, Rainforest Action Network & Amazon Watch, grew out of John Seed’s late 80’s and early 90’s eco-road shows. RIC has been working on SE Asian rainforests for ¼ century. The present campaign, with Cambodian partner “Mother Nature,” is to protect the Cardamom forest, the largest remaining rainforest in SE Asia.
Roosevelt School Music Program
160 Iranistan Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604
The Rex grant reflects the proceeds from the Rex Jam at the Gathering of the Vibes and is to be used to further support the music department at Roosevelt School.
Spay Neuter Action Project (SNAP)
PO Box 235287
Encinitas, CA 92023
SNAP’s mission is to achieve zero euthanasia of adoptable and treatable pets through prevention by providing public awareness, educational materials, affordable spay/neuter procedures and subsidies when qualified. Low-cost spay/neuter services are provided in a state of the art mobile surgical unit, the Neuter Scooter. Many callers are referred to veterinarians in their neighborhood who offer reduced rate spay/neuter services. Those who cannot afford even the reduced rate services receive an appointment on the Neuter Scooter. The goal is to make spay/neuter affordable for everyone. In addition to spaying and neutering, SNAP facilitates responsible pet ownership by providing free health exams, nail trims, ID tags, vaccinations and licenses for dogs and cats.
The Precipice–Miranda Ferriss Jones
(2012 Ralph J. Gleason Award)
Fiscal Sponsor: Z Space
499 Alabama Street #450
San Francisco, CA 94111
The Precipice is an original dark fairytale that is destined to be a genre-breaking piece of theater–a dazzling ménage a trois between Cirque-du-Soleil, Alvin Ailey, and the Broadway hit Wicked, with a jazz twist. The Precipice merges multiple forms of storytelling on stage including mask work, puppetry, aerial dance, ballet, live music, and video projections. The multifaceted nature of the show merits a highly collaborative process that integrates an eclectic group of performers working together to create a spectacular theatrical production. A full-scale production of The Precipice is currently in development and was granted a competitive residency at Z Space, a premiere theater venue in San Francisco renowned for showcasing cutting-edge theater. Z space offers developmental support for new work, providing critical resources as well as institutional support to enable new shows like The Precipice to realize their full potential.
The World As It Could Be Human Rights Education Program
The Rex Foundation grant helped make possible a three-day Institute for educators and youth leaders in Minneapolis, MN to gain knowledge and experience in integrating the arts and human rights education. This Institute was a collaboration between The World As It Could Be Program and two Minneapolis-based organizations long respected for their work in human rights education – The Advocates for Human Rights and the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center.
Warrior Films
41 Fairmount Ave.
Oakland, CA 94611
Started in 2003, Warrior Films creates important works of film and TV art that serve social change. The mission is “Bearing Witness, Creating Change”.  The films bear witness to people’s real-life struggles to achieve a better life for themselves and their children. The film maker then shapes those often painful truths into suspenseful and emotional stories. The powerful stories are then used to inspire viewers to take action. Finally, Warrior Films partners with those viewers to implement positive social change in their own families and communities. Founder Frederick Marx has been nominated for Academy and Emmy awards and is best known for his film Hoop Dreams. His next film, Rites of Passage–The Right of Every Child Born (working title) is a 90-minute feature-length documentary that aims to do for rites of passage what An Inconvenient Truth did for global warming–bring it out of the underground into the cultural mainstream.
Windham Harm Reduction Center
1110 Main St
Willimantic, CT 06226
The Windham Harm Reduction Coalition (WHRC) provides access to sterile syringes to drug addicts waiting to get into overburdened treatment programs in eastern Connecticut. The Rex Foundation grant will help to start the state’s first Overdose Prevention Education and Naloxone Distribution Program (OEND) in Connecticut, to help stem the epidemic of drug deaths due to overdose. Naloxone is a prescription drug designed to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Accidental overdoses on opioids such as oxycodone or heroine, claim the lives one American every 19 minutes. The CDC recently reported that deaths from prescription painkiller overdoses have increased more than 400% since 1999 among women, and 265% among men. A recent study found veterans to be dying of accidental overdose at a rate of nearly double that of the general population.
Young Women’s Drumming Empowerment Project (YWDEP)
(co-recipient of the 2012 Jerry Garcia Award)
712 Kennedy St NW
Washington, DC 20011
The Young Women’s Drumming Empowerment Project gives rise to young women’s self-esteem, self expression, and positive development through drumming, poetry, movement, song and performance. Since 2005 YWDEP has been organizing a summer enrichment program for urban teen girls. Young women are enrolled from all wards of the District as well as neighboring counties in Maryland, and are ages 11-18. They engage in 12-14 weeks of weekly intensives with established DC artists who also serve as positive female role models and mentors. The girls begin by learning to play the djembe. Young women open up as they learn to drum, and are then guided to journal, write their own poetry and songs, choreograph dances and skits, and perform in front of live audiences. Each summer ends with a final performance, which serves as a rite of passage for young women who enter the program shy, apprehensive, and unable to process their emotions and reach completion as self-assured young women who are not only aware of their talents and wisdom, but able to express these to audiences of family, peers, community members, and strangers.