Social Entrepreneurs and Nonprofits in Northern California

Nov 12, 2017
Social Change Consulting

At Impact Accelerators we are still highlighting socially impactful entities all over the western U.S. Today we offer up some great change makers from up in Northern California. See below for some cool organizations doing cool things in the nonprofit and social enterprise spaces.

Benetec is a nonprofit located in Palo Alto, CA that empowers communities by creating software that empowers communities and the organizations that serve them to work more efficiently and deliver more effective impact. They serve as a bridge between the social sector and Silicon Valley by working closely with both communities to identify needs and software solutions that can drive change.

Examples of their work include: Bookshare – an electronic collection of over half a million books catering to hundreds of thousands of people who cannot read traditional books due to disabilities like blindness, low vision, and dyslexia; and Martus, open source software that empowers dissidents to safely document human rights violations. Check out their website here.

The Community Housing Partnership is an award-winning San Francisco nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless people secure housing and become self-sufficient. They own or manage 16 buildings in San Francisco that house 1,500 formerly homeless individuals and deliver services to their residents including case management, employment programs, health services, youth and family programs, and a civic engagement initiative.  To learn more about their work, check out their website here.

The Ignite Institute is a leadership and innovation lab in Berkeley, CA that develops visionary, socially-responsible leaders in both nonprofit and for-profit spaces, as well as creates innovative business models for social change. To these ends they provide various training programs and offer a Certificate in Innovation and Leadership for an Unpredictable Future to prepare change-makers to succeed. More information on the institute can be found here.