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101 Best California Social Impact Startups – The Future of Events

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This article showcases our top picks for the best California based Social Impact companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Social Impact industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.

We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.

We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:

  • Innovation
    • Innovative ideas
    • Innovative route to market
    • Innovative product
  • Growth
    • Exceptional growth
    • Exceptional growth strategy
  • Management
  • Societal impact

Top California Social Impact Startups

Data sourced from Crunchbase and SemRush.

HYP3R

HYP3R

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We are HYP3R. Our innovations help top marketers acquire high-value travelers directly and at scale.

Daylight

Daylight

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Daylight is the first and only digital banking platform in the USA built for LGBT+ people, by LGBT+ people.

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Aira

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Aira provides tech-enabled services for the 300 million visually impaired people around the globe.

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BeeHero

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BeeHero is a developer of beehive technology platform intended to maximize crop yields through pollination.

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zSpace

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zSpace offers a system that enables its users to integrate their normal lives with a desktop-based virtual reality system.

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Aella

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Aella helps africans get credit, invest, get health insurance, and make payments.

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StudyFree

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StudyFree is the Subscription-based platform that connects students with international opportunities worldwide

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Aspiration

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Aspiration offers retail banking and investing services that enable customers to spend and save their money in ways that protect the planet.

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Giving Assistant

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Giving Assistant transforms the collective power of consumer shopping into a new sustainable source of giving.

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DrizzleX

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DrizzleX is a pioneering water management company that provides data driven solutions for residential buildings that lack individual meters

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Inspired

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Inspired is a new way for brands to grow by working together with consumers, causes, & each other — for the greater good.

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Nucleos

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Nucleos produces e-learning solutions for learners involved in justice and corrections.

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Seva Exchange Corporation

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We organize communities, equip them with the right tools and resources; and measure their impact and success.

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Be-novative

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Be-novative is a SaaS that makes innovation processes efficient, fun & engaging. Be-novative fully unleashes collective creativity.

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CSRware

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Cloud analytics for Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG), Environmental Sustainability Management & Responsible Supply Chain Insights

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Stashrun

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Transforming how brands engage with social causes.

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Other Mind, Inc.

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The first proactive AI assistant that sits at the epicentre of AI and daily life

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Chisos

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Chisos writes checks of $15K-50K to invest in idea- and early stage startup businesses

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LawGives

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LawGives connects clients with lawyers based on their preferences and needs, and offers them with free information and free consultations.

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HaveNeed (Have Need, Inc.)

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HaveNeed is the first consumer multiparty barter platform for goods and services with patented technology enabling people to barter at scale

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impct

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Turning brands and their consumers into impact investors

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Edith Labs

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Edith Labs focuses on helping students build long-term relationships with mentors through income share agreements.

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Benevolently

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Benevolently are on a mission to create more Empathy and Kindness in the world.

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dfusion

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dfusion, a team of scientists and innovators, develops technology to promote evidence-based, health-related behavioral changes.

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SameSide

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SameSide is an online platform connecting the millions of events and gatherings that happen every day to a cause.

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Islamic Finder

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Islamic Finder offers prayer times, qibla, quran, tasbeeh, islamic places, islamic information and athan application for muslim communities.

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Kind Traveler

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Kind Traveler is the 1st Give + Get hotel booking platform that empowers travelers to positively impact the communities they visit.

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Freespace

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The [freespace] brings people together to create, teach, learn, and share the things which they are truly passionate about.

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SoPact

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Impact Measurement and Management Done Better

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Vizer

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Social wellness app converting daily activity into meal donations and personal rewards.

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Ovio

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Ovio is a software company empowering millions of developers to become active open-source contributors

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COLABORATIVOx

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Impact Tech & Open Innovation

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Aditazz

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Aditazz designs and delivers next-generation healthcare facilities by integrating new design, technology and manufacturing techniques.

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Superbloom

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An inclusive brand about expressing yourself through ten colors, meanings, and worlds

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MySpace.com

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MySpace.com is dedicated to delivering the highest degree of innovation, reliability and service in the online data storage.

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Yummi

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Yummi is an advance food-centric app that lets you record, share, and explore everyday food experiences with friends and other foodies.

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Amuse Labs

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Amuse Labs is a creator of first-of-its-kind multimedia crossword puzzle platform.

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Do Good Points

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Do Good Points is a fintech-enabled marketplace modernizing charitable giving.

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DEMONSTRATE

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Demonstrate is an award-winning, independently owned, boutique full-service marketing and communications agency.

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Level Up, Inc.

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Gamified Social Prosperity Platform

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Humanitas Technologies

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Humanitas Technologies leverages machine learning techniques and training datasets to build infrastructure for social impact.

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AIME

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We empower Pubic Health professionals through innovation.

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BlindLook

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BlindLook is a freedom technologies company focused on inclusive transformation for the brands and blind people.

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KeyoCoin

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KeyoCoin is a universal travel reward, platform, and ecosystem that powers impact and social good actions.

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Pheel

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Pheel is a tech company that aims to transform the traditional consumer-media relationship with more meaningful interactive experiences.

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HowDo.com

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Innovation consultancy

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miHygge

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Senior Living/Care online marketplace ( making senior living/care available, accessible, affordable, attainable )

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doGood

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doGood building a platform that engages the crowd to help both sides of the funder/funded.

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Braille Institute

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Braille Institute is a non-profit organization that empowers visually impaired people by offering free programs, classes and services.

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VerticalChange

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VerticalChange is an enterprise SaaS product that enables its users to collaborate and input, manage, and analyze social services data.

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DaanMatch

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B2B Marketplace

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MOTHER SUPERIOR

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Mother Superior is a venture and social purpose foundry that provides access to founders left outside of the margins of venture capital.

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OBRAA

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A 501(c)(3) organization based in California that advocates social inclusion of minorities with Asian heritage though cultural awareness.

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Matter

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Matter™ is a San Francisco-based design and innovation firm.

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FCSN

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FCSN provides a caring and fun environment for people with special needs as well as volunteer work and job opportunities for individuals.

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NCRF

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NCRF is a non-profit organization that organizes events and programs that help dropout students to flourish in their career plans.

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California Newsreel

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California Newsreel engages in the production and distribution of innovative social films that engage, inspire and educate the audiences.

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PEP Housing

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PEP Housing is a non-profit organization that provides affordable housing, advocacy and limited-income seniors with supportive services.

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Sacred Heart Community Service

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Sacred Heart Community Service offers food, clothing, financial assistance, employment and housing assistance for the people in need.

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Central Valley Community Foundation

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Central Valley Community Foundation offers philanthropic solutions for families & businesses through community support & financial services.

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Children’s Health Council

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Children’s Health Council provides education and mental health services to children suffering from ADHD, anxiety, autism & depression.

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RBN

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RBN is an innovative designer and developer of carrier class optical transport and switching platforms.

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BUILDUP.vc

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BUILDUP is a global impact firm designed to support an inclusive ecosystem of entrepreneurs focused on building new technologies

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MCE Technologies

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MCE offers innovative storage solutions for MacBook Pro, MacBook, Mac Pro and other Apple-related products.

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SmogTips.com

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California’s leading smog check resource. Save up to 50% with FREE smog check, STAR smog station, and smog test center coupons.

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Vanreusel Ventures

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Corporate Finance CFO Consultants in San Francisco, CA

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Collete Davis Racing, LLC

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Collete Davis Racing, LLC is the unique intersection of Motorsports, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Entertainment & Technology.

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Safer Lock

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Safer Lock aims to develop the concept of a locked drug container into a product.

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Tesseract Group, LLC

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Management Consulting: Vision – Strategy – Execution

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Santa Barbara Foundation

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Santa Barbara Foundation is a non-profit organisation that facilitates the building of philanthropy, identifies & addresses community needs.

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Hella Creative

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Hella Creative is leveraging its collective strength to impact the community through moving creative design.

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Cazeira

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Cazeira is an artificial-intelligence based platform that aggregates and streamlines housing applications.

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Housing Trust Silicon Valley

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Housing Trust is one of the region’s highest-volume nonprofit housing lenders.

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New Sincerity

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New Sincerity is an American digital media company driving social change.

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The Measurement Group

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The Measurement Group provides program improvement, performance assessment, public health, social, behavioral health & consulting services.

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Hafif Family Foundation

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Hafif Family Foundation sponsors events to help in raising funds for charities and non-profit organizations.

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Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary

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Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary is a nonprofit organization that offers cemetery, cremation, memorial, funeral and burial services.

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Palo Alto Forward

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Palo Alto Forward is a non-profit organization 100% funded by individual contributors.

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SeniorGrowth

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Cloud SaaS, Data Analytics, Care Platform, Senior Care, Social Impact, International

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Chemists Without Borders

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Solving humanitarian problems by mobilizing, the global chemistry community.

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Community Advocacy Partners

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Community Advocacy Partners is a social impact agency that builds cross-sector partnerships between entertainment companies.

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Alliance San Diego

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Alliance San Diego is a community empowerment organization that builds coalitions to promote justice and social change.

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Startups Give Back

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Make a difference with fellow startups.

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No-Shave November

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No-Shave November is a non-profit organization that offers fundraising services to support cancer prevention, research and education.

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Heroic Voice Academy

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Communications Training for Global Impact Leaders

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CCPG

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CCPG is a nonprofit organization that spreads awareness and organizes programs on prevention, council and treatments for gamblers.

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Sacramento Tree Foundation

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Sacramento Tree Foundation focuses on building partnerships and empowering communities by educating and lending support for planting trees.

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Linked Foundation

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Linked Foundation promotes and invests in solutions that improve the health of women and their families in Latin America.

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Leverage Research

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Leverage Research supports scientific progress by studying early stage science and conducting exploratory social science research

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World Trust

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World Trust is a non-profit organization that focuses on workshops, engagements, curriculums, events, social justice documentaries & films.

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Lingnan Foundation

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Lingnan Foundation is a philanthropic organization seeking to promote education, learning and international collab opportunities in China.

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Orange County Head Start

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Orange County Head Start is a nonprofit agency that focuses on children’s education, wellbeing, public assistance and development.

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UpActive

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Scheduling, tracking, and messaging tools built for youth and community impact programs.

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Ekkobar

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Ekkobar combines social media with industry specific data to provide impactful and actionable answers.

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Cognitio

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Cognitio nurtures a global forum for inspired individuals with a common intent of shaping the world through collaborative innovation.

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The Digital Reserve

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Decentralized Financial Solutions focused on financial inclusion and innovative financial products that make doing good profitable.

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Innovation Wireless

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Our product line consists of the KRONOsync clock hvac system and also the IP– POE Communication System.

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Rape Trauma Services

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Rape Trauma Services is a nonprofit organization that offers counseling services for survivors of sexual violence and other forms of abuse.

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Kashmir Foundation of America

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Kashmir Foundation of America sponsors grass-roots relief & rehab programs & community-based projects for the people of the Kashmir valley.

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T.R.U.S.T. South LA

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T.R.U.S.T. South LA is a non-profit organization that focuses on the problems of housing, transportation, and recreation in South LA.

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