Root Division, Non-Profit Arts Organization, Affected by Mission Rent Increase

Categories: Art, Nonprofit

Root Division
Kids participating in a Root Division art class.

The vibrancy of the Mission District is due in large part the artists, art galleries, and arts-based non-profits that call it home. But the once-predominantly Latino community is in the midst of several large changes that will completely alter the vibe of the Mission.

The leading -- if not the sole -- cause of the burgeoning gentrification of the area is the rapidly increasing rent, for both businesses and residencies in the area, and the many evictions imposed on Mission tenants due to the Ellis Act. Iconic Latino gay bar/comedy club Esta Noche was recently shut down to become the space for another "trendy" bar to service the ever-expanding Mission hipster population, beloved bookstore Adobe Books was forced to move about a year ago due to rising rent, and now non-profit arts organization Root Division is facing the same dilemma.

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Helping Hands: #GivingTuesday Highlights Charitable Contributions This Holiday Season

Ageless Giving

Trying to ease your conscious after eating your weight in food and racking up the debt from Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Feeling a little empty and trying to get into the holiday-giving spirit?

Instead of shopping until you drop, give your Benjamins -- and time -- to charitable organizations, because today is the start of #GivingTuesday. A national effort to create a day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season, #GivingTuesday celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support non-profit organizations throughout all 50 states.

This is the second year of the social movement and media campaign, and last year, more than 50 million people worldwide spread the word about #GivingTuesday and the hashtag became a trending topic on social networks, according to the namesake movement.

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Holiday Cheer: Highlighting Good Deeds Around the United States

Categories: Nonprofit

Go Inspire Go

There are many unsung heroes -- much of the time, they toil away working for the betterment of a community with little recognition -- but there's an organization focused on bringing these positive stories to the forefront.

Go Inspire Go, founded by San Franciscan, and former television news reporter, Toan Lam, is a site dedicated to sharing the stories, through social media channels, of those working to make the world a better place to live.

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First Documenting, Then Fighting Child Prostitution

Categories: Film, Nonprofit

The SOLD Project
It started out in 2008 as a documentary. Rachel Sparks, in her mid-twenties at the time, wanted to go to Thailand and document the number of children -- nearly all girls -- from rural villages whose only viable option to support their families was prostitution.

The trip would change quickly for Sparks, and the small group of would-be-documentarians she brought along, from just a film project to the birth of a nonprofit -- based in the Bay Area -- aimed at helping to prevent young girls from entering a life of prostitution.

After spending time interviewing prostitutes in Bangkok's red-light districts, the team decided to head to a poor, rural village outside of town where, their translator told them, many of the young prostitutes came from.

There they met a girl who would become the inspiration for their nonprofit, The SOLD Project.

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Local Crowdfunded Campaign of the Week: Food for Thought

Live Oak School Potrero Hill Learning Garden/100 Gardens Initiative

Last week, we broke down the crowdfunding process for you and pitched an awesome organization working to promote sexual health awareness. This week's local crowdfunded campaign is also about public health -- this time cultivating green thumbs and educating the community about healthy food choices.

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Local Crowdfunded Campaign of the Week: Sexual Health Innovations


At any given point, there are hundreds of San Francisco-based campaigns on funding platforms Kickstarter and Indiegogo. For those of you who have missed the crowdfunding revolution, here's the lowdown: An individual or organization posts a fundraising campaign to one of these websites. This includes a quantified goal, a description of what they want to do with the money (produce a play, build a community garden, create a start-up), a tiered system of rewards for donors who choose to participate (tickets to an event, the end product, your name on a plaque), and a deadline to come up with the money. Then, hopefully, the pledges start pouring in. Anyone can pledge a certain amount toward their end goal. If they've reached their goal by the end of the allotted time period, they get the money and go make their thing. If they don't meet the goal, no one's credit cards get charged -- it's an all-or-nothing approach.

Tragically, this means that some of these don't meet their fundraising goals, whether they are good ideas or not. This is why we've decided to give a boost to some local campaigns that we've deemed worthy of your hard-earned cash.

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Cute Dogs in Costume: The Whole Enchihuahua

Last Year's Winner: Chiquita the Chihuahua
The mighty Chihuahua once served as the companion to the Mayan civilization. Evidence points to the dogs participating in religious ceremonies. The Chihuahua is considered one of the oldest dog breeds within the American Kennel Club, and it deserves respect for having such a noble heritage.

Today, however, the Chihuahua has fallen from its once grand pedestal to become one of the most popular breeds in need of rescue. A Chihuahua overpopulation has struck the city, with a lot of the pups landing in shelters. The San Francisco SPCA and other organizations this weekend ask pet lovers to come celebrate this breed -- and learn more about the overpopulation issue -- while getting some laughs at an event called The While Enchihuahua. It happens tomorrow (Saturday, June 2) in Dolores Park.

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Quiet Lightning Turns in Strong Performance as Series Aims to Become Nonprofit Group

Evan Karp, president
The North Beach bar 15 Romolo was packed. At the end of intermission, Quiet Lightning, series co-founder Evan Karp stood before the microphone to make an unusual announcement.

"Today," he said, "we filed our articles for incorporation as a nonprofit." The crowd went wild. To be fair, it had been pretty generous to people in front of that microphone all night. Karp raised his arms to explain what this meant: "Soon, the money you give us will be tax deductible. But, um, you can still give us money tonight."

It was a short announcement, but it was a big one - with potential to change the SF literary landscape.

The new nonprofit Quiet Lightning will have Karp as its president and his longtime collaborator Charles Kruger as its chairman. Their exact duties ares still unknown, but Karp seems poised to continue heading Quiet Lightning's artistic efforts. He has shown a willingness to alter the event's streamlined form and get experimental. "I like what we do," he says. "But it's been a year, and I don't want us to seem stale."

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