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JustGive helps make giving part of everyday life­­

We’re pleased to tell you more about our client, JustGive.  JustGive was one of the first nonprofit organizations to tap the power of the internet for online giving. When founder Kendall Webb had the idea for bringing charitable giving online, retail companies and start-up online businesses were just beginning to test the possibilities for online […]



JGGivingWe’re pleased to tell you more about our client, JustGive. 

JustGive was one of the first nonprofit organizations to tap the power of the internet for online giving. When founder Kendall Webb had the idea for bringing charitable giving online, retail companies and start-up online businesses were just beginning to test the possibilities for online commerce. Kendall believed there was a way to use the internet for the greater good, and set out on a path that began changing the face of philanthropy.  

Fifteen years later, JustGive has sent more than 1 million donations and $480 million to over 80,000 charities working throughout the world.

The San Francisco-based nonprofit organization uses technology and innovation to fulfill its mission to increase charitable giving. With a variety of products and services, JustGive connects individuals, nonprofits and companies to help make a difference in the world:

  • Individuals give when, how and as often as they want in a variety of ways – through direct, monthly and memorial donations; charity gift cards; charitable wedding gifts; and fundraising registries. Search options make it easy to find charities to support (more than 1.8 million in the database), and an online Giving History conveniently keeps track of all donations for taxes.
  • Nonprofit Organizations take advantage of JustGive’s customizable and cost-effective tools to raise money online and through social media.
  • Companies partner with JustGive to create and support charitable programs for a specific cause, fundraising event or disaster. Over the years, this has included dozens of companies: American Express, Cisco, Discover, Hallmark, LifeSavers, Monster and more.

JustGive is committed to helping make charitable giving part of everyday life.

To learn more: www.justgive.org.

P.S. Charity gifts are great for the holidays (even at the last minute): https://www.justgive.org/donations/gift-donations.jsp

Protecting and Saving our Four-legged Friends

Animals can’t speak for themselves, so the San Francisco SPCA does. A national leader in saving homeless cats and dogs and working to end animal abandonment, the organization was founded to save and protect animals, provide care and treatment, advocate for their welfare, and enhance the human-animal bond. As the fourth oldest humane society in the […]



SPCA_BlogAnimals can’t speak for themselves, so the San Francisco SPCA does. A national leader in saving homeless cats and dogs and working to end animal abandonment, the organization was founded to save and protect animals, provide care and treatment, advocate for their welfare, and enhance the human-animal bond.

As the fourth oldest humane society in the United States (1868) and founder of the No-Kill movement, the SF SPCA ensures that all animals are treated with kindness and compassion. Through its efforts and community partners, San Francisco has the lowest euthanasia rate of any major city in the U.S. No adoptable dog or cat goes without a home in the city, even if it has medical or other issues.

In 2013, more animals and people benefited from the organization’s services than ever before—with the most:

  • Adoptions = 5,286 (3,251 cats and 2,035 dogs)
  • Spay/neuters =  10,748
  • Vaccines given at free clinics = 1,959
  • Clients served in hospital = 15,862

Therapy animals visited 79,500 people, 4,550 children participating in a humane education program, more than 1,450 animals were fostered, and 1,541 feral and free-roaming cats were spayed-neutered. And in December, a “Wag Brigade” of canines and their volunteer handlers started visiting the San Francisco International Airport to provide stress relief.

The organization has discovered three key reasons animals end up in shelters: 1) overpopulation, 2) barriers to vet care and 3) behavioral issues. To address this, the SF SPCA created a plan to end animal abandonment in San Francisco by 2020. All its programs and services support prevention, rescue and education to make that a reality.

Farallone Pacific Insurance Services is helping the SPCA secure a better world for animals through its Community Cares Mobile Vaccine Clinics. In September, FPIS sponsored a free vaccination clinic in the Outer Mission, a community that lacks access to affordable vet care. The clinic provided animals with basic health checks, vaccinations, vouchers for free spay/neuter surgery, claw clipping, leashes and collars, and behavior tips while educating their owners about responsible pet guardianship. Learn more about the SPCA here. 

California Rural Legal Services fights to ensure rights

We’re pleased to tell you more about our client, California Rural Legal Services.



406651_559504497397813_397356518_nIt is the act of fighting back that empowers. California Rural Legal Services gives hope to more than 40,000 low-income rural Californians every year—providing them with free legal assistance and a variety of community education and outreach programs.

California Rural Legal Services (CRLA) fights for justice and individual rights within the most exploited communities of our society. Their vision is a rural California where all people are treated with dignity and respect, and guaranteed their fundamental rights.

Founded in 1966 as a nonprofit legal services program, today half of their resources are used for multi-client cases that grapple with the root causes of poverty. While CRLA is nationally recognized as a leader in farm worker and migrant services, the organization offers its programs at no cost to all California low-income communities through 21 offices that stretch from the Mexican border to Northern California.

CRLA litigation has touched the lives of literally millions of individuals, improving conditions for farm workers, new immigrants, single parents, school children, the elderly, people with disabilities, and entire communities. Among its landmark victories:

  • Dairy Industry Abuses
    Recovery of more than $1 million from dairies in unpaid wages, overtime pay, and penalties for workers forced to labor 7 days a week, 12-14 hours a day, for less than $4.35 an hour.
  • Sexual Harassment
    The first sexual harassment case on behalf of a Latina farm worker resulted in a $1.8 million dollar settlement.
  • Migrant School Children
    Advocacy led to the recovery of $29 million to increase educational opportunities for migrant school children.
  • Housing For The Poor
    Administrative complaints resulted in $21 million for trailer park residents (farm workers and other low wage workers) who were threatened with eviction from the only affordable housing offered in Riverside County.

A personal story about another CRLA landmark from Farallone’s President, Daniel Costello

One of the coolest moments of my nonprofit career was meeting Ralph Abascal when he worked as a lawyer for the CRLA. He told me about flying a group of disabled people back to Washington D.C. to try and change the laws that adversely affected them. When the government official would not meet with them, Ralph arranged a Catholic mass on the official’s front lawn. Needless to say, the official met with them the next day—a meeting that led to the creation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

(Ralph was a pioneering legal services lawyer who served as the general counsel and guiding spirit of CLRA for more than 20 years.)

To learn more and help them continue the fight: www.crla.org. Tell us your story of helping to improve the lives of others in your community.

Community Housing Partnership solves homeless problems

We’re pleased to tell you more about our client, Community Housing Partnership.



Most of us come home to relax at the end of the day. The homeless aren’t as fortunate, and that’s something the San Francisco Community Housing Partnership works tirelessly to change. The nonprofit organization helps formerly homeless individuals and families secure housing and become self-sufficient. Every year, their work makes a difference for more than 2,000 adults and children.

In San Francisco alone, there are an estimated 7,000 to 10,000 people sleeping on the streets, in cars and other unsuitable places, or in shelters every night. Sadly, families are one of the fastest growing segments of the population, and this homelessness has devastating effects on the development of young children.

Community Housing Partnership (CHP) is the only San Francisco nonprofit dedicated to providing permanent, supporting housing for the homeless. Started in 1990, they own or manage 11 buildings with more than 900 units, and are developing 144 additional units for seniors, families with young children, at-risk youth, and adults with physical or cognitive disorders. But that’s not all they do. Knowing it takes more to break the cycle of homelessness, CHP also provides a network of services: job training and placement, a social enterprise, family and youth programs, substance abuse and community organizing.

Community Housing Partnership seeks real solutions to homelessness and delivers tangible results. The nonprofit’s outcome-based approach is something we wholeheartedly applaud. Among their goals:

  • Partner with residents to ensure that over 97 percent retain permanent housing.
  • Invest in employment programs so at least 75 percent of residents seeking jobs find work.
  • Offer housing and services to nearly all the people they screen.
  • Hire so that more than 50 percent of their staff members are formerly homeless people.
  • Organize their residents, staff and community to promote policies that will end homelessness.

Community involvement and partnership are key to CHP’s success. To build more support, each year they host “A Night With The Stars” to benefit the organization.

This year, six talented Community Housing Partnership clients (selected through an audition process) performed with local artists at the SFJAZZCENTER. The night also honored three community leaders for their efforts to help the homelessness: Our President Dan Costello, City Supervisor for District 6 Jane Kim, and Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Services Agency Trent Rhorer.

To learn more or to support CHP’s work to help the homeless lead productive, stable lives: www.chp-sf.org. And let us know how your efforts have helped reduce homelessness in your community.