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Elfenworks and CSUMB

Student Social Entrepreneurs

The Elfenworks Foundation, in partnership with California State University at Monterey Bay and Elfenworks Productions, LLC, is pleased to announce CSUMB’s second set of student social entrepreneurship scholarships, a project shepherded by Professor Lisa Watson. This project offers a scholarship opportunity to students who are studying the social entrepreneurship methodology we call The Seven Pillars. The
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Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality

Elfenworks Visiting Scholars and More

The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, online at www.inequality.com, serves as a clearing house for inequality scholarship and data, supports graduate and undergraduate training programs in poverty and inequality analysis, and fosters innovative interdisciplinary research on poverty and inequality. They also publish and distribute Pathways, a landmark magazine on poverty, inequality, and social policy.  A
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    Nonprofits We’ve Supported

    Featured, our team’s tomatoes, on their way to the local food pantry, Call Primrose. We also fill a barrel for Second Harvest Food Bank each year. Below, a few of the other wonderful organizations we’ve supported over the years (in random order): Helping At-Risk Youth to Thrive We’re investing in a more hope-filled tomorrow every day, through
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    Fostering Social Justice Music

    Music feeds the soul, inspires hope and can change the course of a life.  Since 2007, we have fostered new voices of hope, through partnerships and by featuring great upcoming artists at our events.  Here are a few, in alphabetical  A Moment’s Worth. (Bandcamp / Youtube / Facebook ) first performed with us in 2011
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    Pillar 5 – Credit Sharing

    Credit Sharing is the fifth of seven pillars in our Methodology for Compassionate Work. In a nutshell, the pillars are: vision, special skills, non-duplication, partnership, credit sharing, feedback and staying power. Cre·dit-Shar·ing  / kredit-sheər’ing /– Gerund: The act of generously praising partner efforts, or raising awareness regarding favorable project outcomes.      Credit Sharing is a key pillar of the Seven Pillar Methodology for Social Entrepreneurship . In a nutshell,
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    EWA Honoree – Susan Mackinnon, MD

    Elfen Works Award Honoree

    Dr. Susan Mackinnon, winner of an Elfen Works Award (EWA), is a plastic surgeon whose pioneering work in nerve transfer surgery is restoring movement to limbs that many doctors believe to be permanently paralyzed. The first female president in the 86 year history of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, she specializes in nerve transplantation,
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    Sandoval, Doniece

    Social Entrepreneur Honoree - lavamae.org

    About Lava Mae Six days a week, Lava Mae’s distinctive blue buses and trailers provide showers for San Francisco’s 7,000 homeless people. The buses are strategically stationed in front of partner nonprofits, providing easy access to complementary services, in addition to a welcome opportunity to privacy and cleanliness. The model is being replicated around the
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    Ziolkowski, Jim

    Social Entrepreneur Honoree – buildon.org

    About buildOn buildOn has been working to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education for more than two decades. Domestically, an extensive network of youth service programs in under-resourced urban areas promotes community and civic engagement. Farther afield, these same students are building a new school every three days
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    Yang, Andrew

    Social Entrepreneur Honoree – ventureforamerica.org

    About Venture for America Venture for America (VFA) redirects enterprising college graduates into early-stage businesses in underserved American cities. The program is revitalizing American cities and communities through entrepreneurship and by allowing top graduates to earn hands-on business experience and grow a culture of achievement. It provides an alternative to the predictable post-graduate march into
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    Warren, Scott

    Social Entrepreneur Honoree – Generation Citizen

    About Generation Citizen Generation Citizen works to stop the cycle of under-representation in the democratic process of low-income, less educated, and minority citizens by teaching civic engagement at under-resourced schools. Each year, 8,000 students at schools in six US regions take action-oriented civics lessons in existing classes from trained volunteer Democracy Coaches. The civic engagement
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    Lim Miller, Mauricio

    Social Entrepreneur Honoree – fii.org

    About Family Independence Initiative The Family Independence Initiative (FII) is a national center that develops strategies that increase the control and choice that low-income people hold in their lives, reinforce community, and reward initiative. In demonstration projects around the country, FII has partnered with thousands of individuals—placing them in peer support groups and challenging them
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    Gannon, Christa

    Social Entrepreneur Honoree – flyprogram.org

    About Fresh Lifelines for Youth Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) understands that young people who are in trouble with the law might be less likely to re-offend if they understand the law and the consequences of their crimes. Each year more than 1,000 at-risk kids take part in a 12-week law course; 70 who want
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    Farmer, Paul

    Social Entrepreneur Honoree - pih.org

    About Partners in Health Founded in 1987, Partners In Health (PIH) projects around the world share common goals: to care for patients, to alleviate the root causes of disease, and to share lessons learned around the world. Through a partnership with Justice Resource Institute, PIH employs community health workers in Boston to monitor a group
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    Dawson, Eric

    Social Entrepreneur Honoree - peacefirst.org

    About Peace First Peace First is a national movement whose aim is to spark a conversation about the potential our young people have to create positive and meaningful change. The program promotes its mission through several initiatives. The Digital Activity Center features an online curriculum that is tailored to meet the developmental needs of young
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    Boyle, Gregory, SJ

    Social Entrepreneur Honoree - Homeboyindustries.org

    About Homeboy Industries Homeboy Industries is a one-stop shop for the previously incarcerated and those who have decided to leave the world of LA’s gangs behind. Homeboy provides addiction and recovery programs; a full curriculum of classes that includes GED, computer training, anger management, and parenting; and free services such as tattoo removal, mental health
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    Allen, Will

    Social Entrepreneur Honoree - growingpower.org

    About Growing Power From a 2.5-acre farm, located in the heart of Milwaukee, Growing Power is bringing healthy, low-cost, sustainable food to the “food deserts” of our nation’s urban centers, while educating a nation of the benefits of urban farming, and mitigating racism by empowering the minority communities they serve. Growing Power also runs numerous
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    Alvarez, Rafael

    Social Entrepreneur Honoree - genesysworks.org

    About Genesys Works Genesys Works changes the trajectory of life for underprivileged students by providing them a meaningful internship during their senior year in high school. After an initial eight-week intensive training on technical and soft-skills, students are assigned to work in a year-long internship at one of over a hundred participating corporations. As a
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    Grant Writing Basics

    Twelve Top Tips

    A Dozen Rules of Thumb For Obtaining Grants for Your NGO Everyone who has ventured to start up and run a non-profit, non-government organization knows first and foremost that cash flow is critical to success. It allows you to focus on your purpose for starting the NGO and gives you the bandwidth to hire help,
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    Grant Writing Basics

    A Dozen Rules of Thumb For Obtaining Grants for Your NGO Everyone who has ventured to start up and run a non-profit, non-government organization knows first and foremost that cash flow is critical to success. It allows you to focus on your purpose for starting the NGO and gives you the bandwidth to hire help,
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      Once an Elf…

      Over the years we’ve had the privilege to work with some wonderful people who have done great work with us. We honor them here. Each of these elves takes something of us with with them when they leaves. They’re also grounded in our methodology for social entrepreneurship and can put it to work and teach it to
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