Tip Jar

Our weekly feature highlighting individuals and organizations doing great things

Tip Jar 019: Food 4 Farmers

In 2007 a study conducted by the Centro Internacional para la Agricultura Tropical came to the shocking conclusion that “even producers who receive fair trade premiums suffer a period of food insecurity ranging from one to seven months of the year — every year.” Food 4 Farmers, formed in 2010 by a group of specialty … Continued

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Tip Jar 018: The Animal Legal Defense Fund

Earlier this year a German city was scandalized when a debt collector for the city seized a family’s purebred pug and sold the dog on eBay to be counted against the family’s debts. Most people are unaware that pets are legally classified as property under the law, and granted the same legal status as a … Continued

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Tip Jar 017: re.Sound

“Music is a magical gift we must nourish and cultivate in our children, especially now as scientific evidence proves that an education in the arts makes better math and science students, enhances spatial intelligence in newborns, and let’s not forget that the arts are a compelling solution to teen violence, certainly not the cause of … Continued

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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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