Tip Jar

Our weekly feature highlighting individuals and organizations doing great things

Tip Jar 016: Abode Services

The statistics of California’s ongoing, deepening, housing crisis is jaw dropping: the median home here is now 2.5 times more expensive than the national average; incomes have not kept pace with escalating rents; California, which accounts for twelve percent of the US population, contains twenty percent of its homeless; and in Los Angeles, the homeless … Continued

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Tip Jar 015: Trew Love Rescue and Sanctuary

In February of 2017, Trisha and Drew moved five hours away from their home to a fifteen-acre property in the foothills of North Carolina. It took three moving trucks to relocate the couple plus their three pigs, six goats, five chickens, three dogs, four cats, five guinea fowl, and one fish. The space was needed … Continued

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Tip Jar 014: The East Bay Photo Collective

Virginia Woolf once famously declared that “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” This ingenious formula can be applied to nearly every creative pursuit, and of course to every gender. If I were to update it for 2019 I would say, “humans must have money, … Continued

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Tip Jar 013: The Neighborhood Music School

When people talk about the harm caused by gentrification the main things they point to are the community services that displacement erodes. Things as simple and as vital as neighbors feeding each other and offering to watch each other’s children can be disrupted when rising housing costs force tightly woven networks to dissolve; other times … Continued

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Tip Jar 012: Art + Practice

Conceived and founded by artist Mark Bradford, philanthropist and collector Eileen Harris Norton, and social activist Allan DiCastro, Art + Practice is a foundation based in Los Angeles that is committed to supporting the needs of local foster youth and giving the Leimert Park community access to the arts. Art + Practice achieves these twin … Continued

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Tip Jar 011: WriteGirl

Much ado is made about creating opportunities for underserved girls and teens to gain skills and confidence, and for a good reason. “Compared with men, women don’t consider themselves as ready for promotions, they predict they’ll do worse on tests, and they generally underestimate their abilities. This disparity stems from factors ranging from upbringing to … Continued

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Tip Jar 010: The Postal Employees’ Relief Fund

The 2018 wildfire season in California was the deadliest and most destructive on record; a total of 8,527 fires burned an area of 1.8 million acres. Postal workers live everywhere, and when a house in a highly desired area burns down, it could mean having to relocate to a more affordable market, leaving family, friends, … Continued

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Tip Jar 009: Forte Community Music Project

One of the most common stories I’ve heard from the musicians I’ve interviewed over the years is how much having good teachers affected their trajectory. In this issue, Joshua Karpeh, AKA Cautious Clay, told me: “I had a really inspirational teacher, a very creative-minded person, and he was a good influence on my perspectives on … Continued

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Tip Jar 008: Caring Clothing Co-op Inc.

In 2014, Crystal Wilkinson Lewis and her husband Michael discovered that some kids that their children went to school with in New Carlisle, Indiana, didn’t have winter coats, boots, or gloves to wear to school. She gathered a bunch of clothing that her kids had outgrown and donated it to the school to be distributed … Continued

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Tip Jar 007: Free 2 Be Me Dance

Started by Colleen Perry, a former ballet dancer and current Marriage and Family Therapist, Free 2 Be Me teaches ballet techniques to children and adults with Down syndrome. Having always had an affinity for people with the condition, Perry had the idea for Free 2 Be Me after she read about the Boston Ballet’s Adaptive … Continued

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