The mission of The Parkinson’s Institute (The PI) is to provide comprehensive patient care, while discovering new treatment options to improve the quality of life for all Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients. As America’s only independent non-profit organization combining research and patient care for PD under one roof, we are committed to changing the landscape of movement disorder treatment and research. Since its founding, The PI has helped thousands of PD patients better manage their disease, developed new treatments for PD, and published groundbreaking research aimed to close the gap between science and practical care. By focusing on all three avenues of PD - cause, care and cure - The PI is a powerful force in PD research.


THE ARTS

 

The Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) was founded in 1968 by two volunteers who, responding to the lack of music and arts education opportunities for children in the community, created an all volunteer community school of the arts. With $150 starting capital, 28 eager students, 10 volunteer teachers, and a passion for music and arts education, this unique Silicon Valley start-up launched itself from an old house rented from the city. 35 years later, CSMA has become the largest non-profit provider of arts education in the region, currently reaching 25,000 people of all ages annually through: arts-in-the-schools programs (Arts in Action, Music in Action); private lessons, classes and camps; free concerts, exhibits and community outreach events; and a generous financial aid program.


 

First Exposures: Youth Opportunities Through Photography is San Francisco-based mentoring program initiated in 1993, in which academic and life skills are developed when at-risk youth meet with artist-mentors to learn photography. Volunteer mentors are professional commercial and fine art photographers with a commitment to youth and to education. Their students are creative young people, aged 11-18, whose backgrounds include homelessness or other low-income living situations.


 


Little Kids Rock
believes that all children in our public schools deserve music education. Music education is a transforming force in children's lives. This is why we are dedicated to bringing free musical instruments and music instruction to public school children. At Little Kids Rock, we believe that Music Matters!


 


Music for Minors
has been bringing comprehensive, well-respected music education programs to elementary schools throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara counties for over 30 years. For many of the children served, MFM programs are the only music education they will ever receive.


 


Old Skool Cafe
is a one-of-a-kind, youth-run supper club featuring talented young chefs, waiters and entertainers. They're using a fresh approach to violence prevention -focusing on rehabilitating and giving hope to at-risk and previously incarcerated youth.


 


PaintBrush Diplomacy
has been capturing the spirit of the world's children through art for over 25 years. Paintbrush Diplomacy's mission is to promote cross cultural understanding and artistic expression through the exchange and display of international children's art.


 


Playing For Change arose from a common belief that music has the power to connect people regardless of their differences. The Playing for Change Foundation was established in 2007 and was created to inspire, connect and bring peace to the world through music and arts education.


 

Venice Arts: In Neighborhoods is innovative arts center that brings talented artists together with low-income young people to guide them through experiences with the arts. Venice Arts helps build positive interethnic relationships, exposing young people to the tools, ideas, and environments that help them express their creativity and improve their academic performance and job readiness.


 

West Coast Songwriters established in 1979, fosters creativity, builds community and support songwriters from song creation through music career development. Whether the goal is personal expression or to make a living in the music industry, knowing how to write a well crafted song or how to recognize one, is key to success in the music field. WCS encourages members at any age or level of ability to join, and is the most active music support networks in the country. With over 15 monthly events up and down the west coast, members are given numerous opportunities to learn about the art of songwriting, perform their songs, get feedback and have access to some of the most well respected members of the music industry. WCS is there to help anyone interested in writing, performing or working in the industry.


ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

 


Acterra
is in an age of electronic communications, cars and cubicles, it is easy to feel disconnected from community and nature. That’s why Acterra offers innumerable opportunities to interact with our local ecosystems — and with each other.


 


Hidden Villa
is a nonprofit educational organization that uses its organic farm, wilderness, and community to teach and provide opportunities to learn about the environment and social justice.


 

The Walden West Outdoor School Foundation’s mission is to inspire every 5th & 6th grade student in Santa Clara Country to gain a newfound respect for, and knowledge of the natural world around them by learning and experiencing natural and environmental science in an outdoor setting. Walden West’s 35-acre site, dedicated teachers and staff introduce over 10,000 middle school aged children each year to life and earth sciences. For many of these children, their week at camp is filled with firsts…the first time walking through a forest, the first time recycling a plastic container, and the first time they have ever looked through the lens of a telescope to discover a much larger world than their own.


YOUTH HEALTH AND EDUCATION

Camp Okizu is a special place for kids with cancer...where memories last forever. Camp Okizu offers the unique opportunity for children with cancer (and their siblings) to learn independence, nourish positive self-esteem and gain skills they never thought were possible. At camp kids can be in a safe, trusting environment. It is a place for fun, lasting friendships and development of self confidence.


 

Child Advocates, founded in 1986, trains and supports Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers to stand up for abused and neglected children in foster care, helping them thrive and find safe, permanent homes. Through the organization's Transitioning Teens Program, Advocate volunteers work with teens ages 14 to 18 to develop the life skills, network of relationships and life records needed to succeed as independent adults.


 

The First Place Fund for Youth was founded in 1998, works to remedy the lack of services available to youth who are making the difficult transition from foster care to independent living. Its services, targeted primarily for ages 16 to 23, include assistance with housing, education and employment.


 

The Girls Club of the Mid-Peninsula is an after-school program for young girls where ethnic diversity, and female knowledge and strength are celebrated and developed. On average, 50 girls/day take after-school classes in music, dance, creative writing, basic computer skills and digital arts, which emphasize growth, empowerment and self-esteem through creative expression and cultural awareness.


 

Healthy Young Attitude provides a vital support network for young adults (18 to 35 years old), whose lives have been affected by cancer. Members support each other, trade ideas, and share the good times and the bad through social events and monthly meetings. Like it or not, we all have something in common. We have our war stories, periods of enlightenment, and advice to share. That equals power when we unite! Learn, Participate, and have fun! HYA is a program of the American Cancer Society.


 

Help One Child - The Mission of Help One Child is to recruit, train and support married couples or single adults willing to provide a home or volunteer services for foster children. Help One Child is a non-profit, non-denominational, local outreach to at-risk children in the foster care system.


 

Jeremiah's Promise offers shared housing with other emancipated teens who are provided with living services, mentors, academic support and life skills development in a nurturing environment, all of which are aimed at fully equipping them for life beyond foster care.


 

Pacific Autism Center for Education - Autism rates have increased at an alarming rate—nearly one in every 166 children born today will be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, more than 10 times the incidence only 20 years ago. Pacific Autism Center for Education (PACE), founded in 1989, provides therapy, education, housing and, most of all, hope for those with autism through PACE Early Intervention program for toddlers and preschoolers, PACE school for students ages 6-22, Adult Day program and Residential.


 

SQUARE PEG FOUNDATION'S mission is simple: We turn "I Wish" into "I Can". We focus on building self image, one student at a time through our horsemanship programs and horse rescue operation. The horse is a unique example of gentleness and power and responds to all people according to their intentions, not their age, size, race, or social status. At Square Peg; EveryONE Fits.


 

Support Network for Battered Women - The leading cause of death among pregnant women is domestic violence. Half of all homeless mothers and children are running away from domestic violence. The Support Network for Battered Women strives to empower our diverse community to live free from Domestic Violence.


 

Today's Youth Matter - Each year, approximately 275 youth-at-risk will be given the opportunity, perhaps for the first time in their lives, to experience the outdoors: To cook by an open fire, to fish, rock climb, hike in the wilderness, mountain bike, canoe and raft. The mission of TYM is to help hurting, abused, and neglected youth recognize that they are loved unconditionally and that they can make necessary changes to succeed in life.


 

Reading Partners YES Reading is a literacy organization that recruits and trains community volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring for at-risk elementary and middle school students reading significantly below grade level. YES Reading partners with high-need schools, collaborates with classroom teachers, and provides tutors with ongoing training and on-site support. YES Reading's premise is that community involvement in traditionally underserved public schools is a critical component of student achievement and success.


 


Hidden Villa
is a nonprofit educational organization that uses its organic farm, wilderness, and community to teach and provide opportunities to learn about the environment and social justice.


OTHER

Full Circle Fund is an engaged philanthropy organization cultivating the next generation of community leaders and driving lasting social change in the Bay Area. Full Circle Fund members leverage their time, money, skills and connections to the service of nonprofits, businesses and government agencies in partnerships that result in significant impact on the community. Full Circle Fund members are successful entrepreneurs, professionals and executives from the business, start-up, venture capital, government, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. By providing these diverse individuals with quality leadership development and networking opportunities, Full Circle Fund fosters leaders who are knowledgeable and active in social and civic issues. Collectively, our members spend thousands of hours in partnership with nonprofits, bringing their skills and connections to bear on the challenges these organization face. In this way, members use their business skills to maximize the value of their philanthropic investment.


MEDICAL RESEARCH

Bay Area Lyme Foundation is a Silicon Valley based non-profit dedicated to making Lyme disease easy to diagnose and simple to cure. We collaborate with world class scientists to accelerate medical breakthroughs for Lyme disease and work tirelessly to make prevention common knowledge. For more information on Lyme disease or to get involved visit www.bayarealyme.org