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In Harmony with Hope 2016

Learn more about our 2016 In Harmony with Hope Awards® here.

Lava Mae

Doniece Sandoval Founder & CEO, LavaMae, San Francisco, CA Every Tuesday, the cerulean bus stops alongside the Main San Francisco public library. It stands there as a symbol of hope and possibility. And so much more. Run by Lava Mae, the bus is a mobile hygiene facility that is brought to the centers of San Francisco’s… Continue Reading


Laura Weidman Powers Co-Founder and CEO, CODE2040, San Francisco, CA The data are disturbing. According to CODE2040, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that is creating pathways to success for people of color in the tech industry, there will be one million jobs in tech that are unfilled by the year 2020. And while Blacks and Latino/as earn… Continue Reading


Suzanne McKechnie Klahr Founder & CEO, BUILD, Redwood City, CA Technology and entrepreneurship are synonymous with Silicon Valley. Yet, for a substantial percentage of youth in the Bay Area’s under-served communities, they are buzz words with little significance or relevance to their day-to-day existence. Suzanne McKechnie Klahr, founder of BUILD, is working to change that. In… Continue Reading

In Harmony with Hope 2016

Thanks for Joining Us September 29, 2016 Our 10th Annual In Harmony with Hope Awards Ceremony was September 29, 2016 at 6:30pm at Kohl Mansion in Burlingame, California. If you missed it, you can still join us by watching the video, above, as we celebrated the accomplishments of three Bay Area social entrepreneurs who are creating local… Continue Reading

Campus Moviefest 2016

2016 Campus MovieFest Elfenworks Social Justice Category The 2016 Awards Ceremony took place June 19th at the Marriot Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia. A special thank you to everyone who took part in the ninth year of our partnership. We are amazed at the hard work, imagination, and heart on display in these great student films. It’s so heartwarming… Continue Reading

In Harmony with Hope 2015 Gallery

Learn more about our 2015 In Harmony with Hope Awards® here.

Campus Moviefest 2015

2015 Campus MovieFest Elfenworks Social Justice Category The 2015 Awards Ceremony took place July 12th at the Universal City Walk Globe Theatre. A special thank you to everyone who took part in the eighth year of our partnership. We are amazed at the hard work, imagination, and heart on display in these great student films. It’s so heartwarming… Continue Reading

In Harmony with Hope 2015

Change the Story, October 1, 2015 Press Release 2015 (PDF)  | About IHH Award  | 2015 Event Program (PDF) On October 1, 2015, we paid tribute to three remarkable social entrepreneurs.  This year’s recipients are promoting conflict resolution and collaborative change among youth, providing mentor-driven financial literacy training to low-income youth, and re-integrating homeless individuals into society. This year’s theme:… Continue Reading

In Harmony with Hope 2014 Gallery

Learn more about our 2014 In Harmony with Hope Awards® here.

Harmony Project

Harmony Project, Los Angeles, CA, [Press Release 2014 (PDF)]  [2014 IHH Award]  [About IHH Award] About the Harmony Project In 2001, Margaret Martin, DrPH, MPH established Harmony Project, which offers free music education and ensemble playing for youth in under-resourced communities. Highly qualified teaching artists teach thousands of children at more than a dozen sites in… Continue Reading


buildOn, Stamford, CT, [Press Release 2014 (PDF)]  [2014 IHH Award]  [About IHH Award] About buildOn buildOn works to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education. Domestically, an extensive network of youth service programs in under-resourced schools promotes community and civic engagement. Farther afield, these same students (and others) are building… Continue Reading

Generation Citizen

Generation Citizen,, New York, NY [Press Release 2014 (PDF)]  [2014 IHH Award]  [About IHH Award] About Generation Citizen The organization Generation Citizen works to stop the cycle of underrepresentation in the democratic process of low-income, less educated, and minority citizens by teaching civic engagement. Thousands of students at under-resourced schools in cities like Providence, Boston, New… Continue Reading

Welcome “A Moment’s Worth” Fans!

We’re so excited about our partnership with the band A Moment’s Worth. We’ve kept in touch ever since the band won our social justice prize – given in association with Campus Moviefest / College Battle of the Bands – for the song DEDICATE. Watch the band in a live performance of the song at our… Continue Reading

Welcome “Eyeshine” Fans!

We’ve been fans of the band Eyeshine since we first heard their music, and we’re excited about our partnership. We’ve kept in touch ever since the band won our social justice prize – given in association with Campus Moviefest / College Battle of the Bands – for the song ALONE. This song shows what it… Continue Reading

In Harmony with Hope 2013 Gallery

Learn more about our 2013 In Harmony with Hope Awards® here.

In Harmony with Hope® 2013

THANK YOU! Thank you for joining us or tuning in as we paid tribute a group of changemakers at the 2013 In Harmony with Hope awards ceremony on Thursday, September 26, 2013.  If you missed it, you can still tune in and watch the replay on our historical streaming page, and check our awards page for details… Continue Reading

In Harmony with Hope® 2012

“Inspiration, Passion, and Action” Learn more about the innovative ways the 2012 In Harmony with Hope Award honorees are bringing change to America. [Press Release IHH 2012] [About IHH Award] [Live Streaming] 2012 In Harmony with Hope Award Honorees Rafael Alvarez (Founder), Genesys Works, In 2002, business executive Rafael Alvarez created Genesys Works to create… Continue Reading

Elfenworks receives Golden Tripod award!

Elfenworks was surprised and delighted to receive this Golden Tripod award from Campus MovieFest, celebrating “five years of changing the world together.”  Through this partnership, students have created films on far-ranging social-justice related topics in a wide variety of styles including sci-fi, horror, comedy, music-video, and docu-drama… even an operetta. With over three million viewings… Continue Reading

Campus MovieFest 2012 Gallery

Campus MovieFest 2012

2012 Campus MovieFest Elfenworks Social Justice Category Another GREAT year with Campus MovieFest! We’re very proud of our Social Justice Category winners and we were honored to have Nate Parker  (The Great Debaters and Red Tails) announce our winners! See for more information about the big event! For a fifth straight year the entries into… Continue Reading

Center for the Study of Poverty & Inequality at Stanford University NEWS FLASH! The Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality ( at Stanford University has won a $4 million National Poverty Research Center grant from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.… Continue Reading

Senior – Volunteering, Health Experience Corps Senior Corps

Shop / Donate / Barter Freecycle barter, more $ left to give GivingWorks at Ebay idofoundation marriage & giving Lasermonks office supplies Cristina give your used PC Gifts In Kind donate product TheHungerSite portal TheLiteracySite portal

Investing: Microfinance – Appalacia Community Invest – Socially Responsible Stocks

Sustenance: Economic, Jobs…

Dress for Success Let Justice Roll Operation Hope Suited for Change Wider Opportunities for Women

Research / Policy The Center for Public Integrity – Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington – Future of Children Stanford’s

Ratings & Contact

Charity Navigator Charity Watch Give Great Nonprofits (write your own review of Elfenworks here!) Guidestar Idealist Just Give Network for Good Timeshare Donations

College and Financing

Geds-to-PhDs I Can Afford College FAFSA Fastweb FedMoney I AM Nat’l Dropout Prevention Ctr StudentAid

Education: General Boost Up Boys Hope Girls Hope Chess in the Schools College for All League of Creative Minds Donors Choose Every Child Ready to Read First Book Heart of America Literacy Directory Master math mentor Music in schools One Laptop Per Child PCs for schools VHI’s Save The Music

Speaking Out & Voting

Los Angeles Area Services

Children of the Night Healthy City Homeboy Industries Hunger Action LA LA Foodbank LA Homeless Blog Los Angeles Mission Public Ccounsel

SF Bay Area Services Demarillac Academy Eastside School Back on Track Shelter Network

Sustenance: Shelter

  Architecture for Humanity CA Consumer Home Mortgage Information CEHN Corp for Supportive Housing End Homelessness Habitat for Humanity HUD Modest Needs NLIHC (low income housing) National Fair Housing Alliance NCHV (homeless vets)

Sustenance: Hunger

Atlanta Community Food Bank Capuchin Soup Kitchen (Detroit) Children’s Defense Fund Congressional Hunger Center DCCentralKitchen (Washington) End Hunger Friends of Boston’s Homeless Kids Can Make a Difference Meals on Wheels National Center for Children in Poverty Pine St. Inn (Boston) Second Harvest Food Bank Share our Strength Students Against Hunger Street Smart 4… Continue Reading


Americas Promise Boys and Girls Clubs Bright Futures Children of Shelters Children of the Night Childrens Health Campaign Every Child By Two First Book NACAC (adoption) NFPAINC (foster parenting) Room to Grow (babies) Strength (childhood hunger) Int’l/USA UCSF “can do” dental

Put on Your Own Campus Hope/Awareness Event and/or Concert for Hope

  Your educational institution may be thinking about how it can raise hope, bring about positive change,  and help lessen the impacts of poverty and inequality. How about starting by putting on a hope/ awareness event to get students involved and inspired about the importance of making a difference in their communities and country? Showing that your school… Continue Reading

Grant Writing 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,… Continue Reading

Media Relations: The Press Kit

An effective press kit is not crammed with any and all information you deem important about your company. Instead, keep the information concise and limited, offering only the most vital information that well positions and describes your company while offering only newsworthy stories. Ideally, create a ‘core’ press kit with information that does not change… Continue Reading

Fundraising and Donor Development

Is it Okay to Fundraise? Your organization may realize that more people would donate if they knew of your good work. You may have dedicated in-house Public Information and development staff working to raise your profile as best they can. But no matter what organization you belong to, Public Information efforts will exist within tight… Continue Reading

Enhancing your Web Presence

What’s In A Name? Choosing Your URL The right URL will drive traffic to your site and define you to the world. That is why Stanford University’s Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality, chose If your center has a large and difficult name, consider a shorter URL;, for example, is easier… Continue Reading

Enhancing your Mission Message

Frame The Debate to Your Advantage Most of you are already familiar with the work of the brilliant linguist George Lakoff and already own the book “Don’t Think of an Elephant: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate–The Essential Guide for Progressives” (if not, stop reading this page and get it at Amazon!). But what… Continue Reading

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