Namaste Foundation supports exceptional nonprofits for a more beautiful world.
Inspiring Stories is growing a movement of young New Zealanders who can, and will change the world. Since launching in 2011, Inspiring Stories has built an impressive track record of programmes and partnerships – perhaps best known for Festival for the Future, and more recently launching New Zealand’s first accelerator programme to grow the next generation of social entrepreneurs & enterprise, Live the Dream. Nearly 5,000 young people have taken part in Inspiring Stories programmes. [Gift Year: 2015]
The Grace Foundation was established in Switzerland in 2007 by Sabine Lichtenfels and Rainer Ehrenpreis. The goal of the foundation is to promote the establishment of peace research villages worldwide and the training in all areas of knowledge that is necessary for this to occur: Regional self-sufficiency in the areas of water, food and energy, social and ecological sustainability, and community building. [Gift Year: 2015]
Inhabit is a feature length documentary introducing permaculture: a design method that offers an ecological lens for solving issues related to agriculture, economics, governance, and on. The film presents a vast array of projects, concepts, and people, and it translates the diversity of permaculture into something that can be understood by an equally diverse audience. [Gift Year: 2015]
Friends of the Earth is a non-governmental environmental organization that strives for a more healthy and just world. Founded by environmentalist David Brower, Friends of the Earth is guided by sustainability, connectivity, and systemic change. The organization campaigns on issues including climate change, pollution, nuclear technology, genetic engineering, deforestation, pesticides, food and agriculture and economic policy. [Gift Year: 2015]
Mindful Schools is on a mission to integrate mindfulness into education. The organization offers online training courses for adults to learn mindfulness and use it with youth. The Mindful Schools curriculum brings improvements in concentration, attention, and empathy, while building a climate of calm in the classroom. [Gift Year: 2014]
Bioneers is an innovative nonprofit educational organization that highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet. Bioneers has acted as a fertile hub of social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. [Gift Year: 2014]
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), or Doctors Without Borders, is an international humanitarian-aid non-governmental organization and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, best known for its projects in war-torn regions and developing countries facing endemic diseases. The organization seeks to provide medical aid where it is needed most. [Gift Year: 2014]
Loomio is free and open source software for anyone, anywhere, to participate in decisions that affect them. Loomio is being built by a core team in Wellington, New Zealand, and a wider network of friends and supporters all over the world. Loomio is part of the social enterprise network Enspiral. [Gift Year: 2014]
charity: water is a nonprofit bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. charity: water funds inspiring organizations who are providing long-lasting water and sanitation services around the world. charity: water has helped pioneer "birthday campaigns" and the "100% model." [Gift Year: 2014]
Burning Man Arts supports and promotes community, interactive art and civic participation. Founded by several of the partners who founded and produce Burning Man, an annual arts festival in the Nevada desert, Burning Man Arts was established to bring this modality of creating and coexisting with art to the rest of the world, with the vision that community-driven, inclusive, and interactive art is vital to a thriving culture. [Gift Year: 2014]
Free The Children is an international charity and educational partner that believes in a world where all young people are free to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. Free the Children works to empower youth to remove barriers that prevent them from being active local and global citizens. [Gift Year: 2014]
GiveDirectly gives cash directly to poor households in Africa via mobile transfers. Using the latest technology, GiveDirectly locates recipients, integrates them into electronic payments networks, and monitor transfers end-to-end. GiveDirectly aims to reshape international giving, making direct transfers to the poor the benchmark against which other, more expensive approaches are evaluated. [Gift Year: 2014]
ActionStation enables New Zealanders to take powerful, coordinated action on urgent issues. ActionStation is a vital piece of democratic infrastructure for Aotearoa in the 21st century, here to reinvigorate our proud tradition of participatory democracy and people power, using the potential of new technology. [Gift Year: 2015]
To the Ends of the Earth is a feature documentary that explores the rise of extreme energy in our society, as seen through the eyes of people on the front lines. Filmmaker David Lavallee explores this global economic trend through the eyes of people in communities most directly impacted by it. [Gift Year: 2015]
The Borneo Project brings international attention and support to community-led efforts to defend forests, sustainable livelihoods, and human rights. The organization believes that protecting human rights and environmental integrity in Borneo is a critical component of the global movement for a just and peaceful world. [Gift Year: 2015]
The Art of Yoga Project is designed to help at-risk girls by focusing on early intervention and preparing girls for a positive future. The Art of Yoga Project is a leader in revolutionizing the rehabilitation of girls by offering trauma-informed, strength-based, gender-responsive services. The organization’s mission is to lead teenage girls in the California juvenile justice system toward accountability to self, others and community by providing practical tools to affect behavioral change. [Gift Year: 2015]
The Flow is a highly visual feature-length ride by Louis Fox into the mysterious phenomenon we call being "in the zone," or "the flow." Through stunning cinematography, The Flow immerses its audience in an authentic transcendent experience. Returning with this insight to modern life, the film shows our culture in contrast: blocked where it could be fluid, destroying what wants to grow, forcing what comes naturally. Yet while humanity hovers on the brink of social and ecological catastrophe, we are also within a hair’s breadth of realizing our inherent capacity to realign in harmony with nature. The Flow suggests that we may simply need to look at things in a different way. [Gift Year: 2015]
Orientation Aotearoa is a holistic education program in New Zealand. The group’s mission is to promote wellbeing by providing collaborative and experiential learning environments to explore and develop participants’ identity, purpose, skills and talents. [Gift Year: 2015]
Dome to Dish builds sustainable dome greenhouses to implement school garden programmes low-income communities in New Zealand. Led by Michelle Leslie-McArthur and part of the Kids Kai Time Charitable Trust, Dome to Dish helps children receive the educational, health, and community benefits of a local school garden. [Gift Year: 2013]
10 Books A Home is an early childhood education nonprofit whose mission is to close the achievement gap by ensuring low-income preschoolers are positioned in their homes for school success. 10BH brings volunteer Role Models into the homes of Learners to provide them and their parents with 1-on-1 tutoring, positive role modeling, and home libraries. [Gift Year: 2014]
Silicon Valley Gives is a 24-hour online fundraising effort, hosted by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation with the help of sponsors, offering local nonprofits the chance to crowd-fund from the community. Nearly $16 million in total has been raised in the first two years of SVGives. [Gift Year: 2014, 2015]
TreeSisters is a women's organisation growing a global network to help crowd fund rapid tropical reforestation. TreeSisters seeks to honour the value and uniqueness of women in our world - cultivating feminine nature-based intelligence and leadership on behalf of our ecology and future generations.
The mission of the Carbon Cycle Institute is to stop and reverse global warming by advancing science-based solutions that reduce atmospheric carbon while promoting environmental stewardship, social equity and economic sustainability. The Carbon Cycle Institute (CCI) is advancing this mission through our Ag Carbon Program, which is advancing carbon farming and regenerative rangeland management that builds soil carbon and critical ecosystem services on ranches, farms and working landscapes.
The Ekos mission is to catalyze a revolution in philanthropic financing in New Zealand and elsewhere, by unlocking significant volumes of private sector finance for looking after the place. Ekos targets the kindness inside countless businesses and give it an easy route to realisation - becoming real through financing disciplined environmental projects that also deliver community development.
Cool Earth is a charity that works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction. Half of the world’s rainforest has been destroyed in the last 40 years. And, contrary to the headlines, rainforest continues to be lost at a faster rate than ever. It's not too late. Cool Earth believes the rainforest can be saved with a new approach.
Share Necessities is a nonprofit organization committed to building resiliency in the community. Our “I Make It Count” program trains inner city youth in the tools to live a positive life and become a positive force within their communities. With our support homeless, low-income, and at-risk youth are given an opportunity to find new life paths and realize their full potential. [Gift Year: 2015]
Restorative Justice Community Action improves community livability through restorative justice practices. RJCA creates a forum in which people impacted by livability crimes meet with offenders who commit the crimes to discuss the impact and determine restitution. These community forums help prevent further crime and community deterioration while repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior. [Gift Year: 2015]
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The Ferguson Youth Initiative serves the youth of the Ferguson community by encouraging them and engaging them as active members of the community, developing programs as needed, and further communicating and partnering with existing community youth programs. [Gift Year: 2015]
The Ferguson Public Library’s mission is to provide the community with access to print and digital resources for education, information and recreation, and a welcoming public place for both community interaction and individual pursuits. The Library encourages lifelong learning, dedicated to making the City of Ferguson a rewarding, attractive, and pleasant place in which to live, visit, and work. [Gift Year: 2015]
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The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the use of Howard Zinn’s best-selling book A People’s History of the United States and other materials for teaching a people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country. The Zinn Education Project is coordinated by two non-profit organizations, Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change. [Gift Year: 2015]
Advancement Project is a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, the Advancement Project exists to fulfill America's promise of a caring, inclusive and just democracy, using innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change. [Gift Year: 2015]
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, founded in 1968, works to advance, protect and promote the legal rights of communities of color, and low-income persons, immigrants, and refugees. Assisted by hundreds of pro bono attorneys, LCCR provides free legal assistance and representation to individuals on civil legal matters through direct services, impact litigation and policy advocacy. [Gift Year: 2015]
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Carry the Vision offers tools, support, and inspiration for community leaders who are interested in the power of nonviolence to create positive change and a new way of living. To realize the vision of a nonviolent world, Carry the Vision begins with its own community, committing to simple and profound acts that support a better world for all. [Gift Year: 2014]
The mission of Collective Roots is to promote food justice by engaging youth and communities in garden-based learning and nutrition education to positively impact health. The Collective Roots vision is a community in which all people have access to gardens and fresh, healthy and environmentally sustainable food. [Gift Year: 2014]
DreamCatchers works in affluent communities and school districts, targeting students from low-income families who are struggling to keep up with their more privileged classmates. DreamCatchers creates afterschool classrooms for these students, full of positive energy to inspire learning, hard work, and big dreams, and a nutritious food environment that helps fuel their brains for success. [Gift Year: 2014]
Living Classroom is on a mission to inspire children to learn and value our natural world through garden-based education. The organization collaborates with schools and communities to develop school district-specific programs that provide engaging, hands-on lessons that stimulate curiosity and create beautiful and educational school gardens. [Gift Year: 2014]
The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Bay Area works with teachers in schools across the Bay Area to implement NFTE programs in their classrooms. Over the course of a semester or a full school year, NFTE Certified Entrepreneurship Trainers teach the NFTE curriculum as part of the ordinary school day. NFTE's curriculum is rooted in experiential activities and project-based learning. [Gift Year: 2014]
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One Million Lights’ mission is to improve the daily lives of children and adults by providing clean and healthy lighting. The organization’s goal is to distribute one million (1,000,000) solar lights to replace dangerous and polluting kerosene lamps. These solar lights enable children to study at night and adults to extend their workday, all while eliminating carbon emissions, improving household health, and greatly increasing income savings. [Gift Year: 2014]
Susty Kids, Inc. develops programs for girls (Susty Girl) and boys (Susty Boy) and both girls and boys (Susty Kids) that support these children as they learn, retain and apply sustainable practices into their lives, families and communities. [Gift Year: 2014]