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Bay Area Grassroots Visionaries Fund


This is a portfolio of high-impact grassroots organizations in the Bay Area, curated by Blue Heart. Each is carefully selected by the Blue Heart team. These organizations are on the frontlines of building movements for justice, dignity, and resilience in low-income and marginalized communities in the Bay Area. Unfortunately, because of their small size and scrappy nature, they are usually overlooked or unnoticed by traditional philanthropists and donors. So, we did the research for you! Learn more about Blue Heart and how we selected these organizations at

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Asian Pacific Environmental Network

All people have a right to a clean and healthy environment in which their communities can live, work, learn, play and thrive. Towards this vision, APEN brings together a collective voice to develop an alternative agenda for environmental, social and economic justice. Through building an organized movement, we strive to bring fundamental changes to economic and social institutions that will prioritize public good over profits and promote the right of every person to a decent, safe, affordable quality of life, and the right to participate in decisions affecting our lives. APEN holds this vision of environmental justice for all people. Our work focuses on Asian and Pacific Islander communities.

Causa Justa :: Just Cause

Causa Justa :: Just Cause builds grassroots power and leadership to create strong, equitable communities. Born through mergers between Black organizations and Latino organizations, we build bridges of solidarity between working class communities. Through rights-based services, policy campaigns, civic engagement, and direct action, we improve conditions in our neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay Area, and contribute to building the larger multi-racial, multi-generational movement needed for fundamental change.

Planting Justice

Planting Justice's mission is to democratize access to affordable nutritious food by empowering urban residents with the skills, resources, and inspiration to maximize organic food production, expand job opportunities for those with barriers to employment, and ensure environmental sustainabilfty in the Bay Area.

Live In Peace

Live in Peace is an East Palo Alto-based organization committed to advancing the cultural, educational, and economic empowerment of youth in communities of color we fulfill this mission by building a strong family atmosphere that supports our youth in the following three program areas the lip studio (arts & culture), the college initiative (EDUCATION) and streetcode academy (technology & economics) in each program, we help our students discover

Mujeres Unidas Y Activas

An organization creating an environment for Latina immigrants to identify the leadership skills they already have as well as identifying new areas for growth.

Literacy For Environmental Justice

LEJ promotes ecological health, environmental stewardship, and community development in Southeast San Francisco by creating urban greening, eco-literacy, community stewardship and workforce development opportunities that directly engage and support local residents in securing a healthier future.

Youth Together Inc

The mission of Youth Together is to find and resolve the root causes of educational inequalities by developing multiracial youth leaders and engaging school community allies to promote positive school change.

Critical Resistance

Critical Resistance is seeking to build an international movement to end the prison industrial complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe.

Beyond Emancipation

An organization supporting Alameda County's current and former foster care and probation youth to make successful transitions to adulthood and independent living.

Intertribal Friendship House

Promotes the ability of Native people to thrive in an urban environment through ceremony, traditions and cultural connection, to provide a safe environment to strengthen cultural identity, promote health, inter-generational healing and support the development of extended family.

Eastside Arts Alliance, Inc.

Eastside Arts Alliance supports a creative environment that improves the quality of life for our communities and advocates for progressive, systematic social change.

Asian immigrant Women Advocates, Inc.

Provides immigrant women and youth the resources, tools, and knowledge needed to be progressively and systematically more involved in AIWA and social justice work, as well as helping them be more civically engaged.

Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth

Coleman Advocates is building the leadership and power of low-income and working class youth and parents of color in San Francisco to advance racial and economic justice in our schools and our city.

Central American Resource Center Carecen Of Northern California

Carecen engages in community development and advocacy to help create a vibrant and thriving Latino immigrant community in San Francisco, the bay area and beyond.

Chinese Progressive Association

An organization that organizes and empowers the low income and working class immigrant Chinese community in San Francisco to build collective power with other oppressed communities to demand better living and working conditions and justice for all people.

Communities For A Better Environment

Increase people's power in California's communities of color and low-income to achieve environmental and health justice by preventing and reducing pollution and building green, healthy, and sustainable communities and environments.

Center For Media Justice

Building a powerful movement for a more just and participatory media and digital world with racial equity and human rights for all.

Greenaction For Health And Environmental Justice

A multiracial organization empowering, supporting, and uniting communities to protect health and the environment, as well as bringing about systemic changes in government and industry policies and practices.

Justice Now

A human rights organization partnering with people in women's prisons and local communities to build a safe, compassionate world without prisons.

Coalition On Homelessness

Organizes impoverished and homeless people to create permanent solutions to poverty and homelessness while protection the civil and human rights of those forced to remain on the streets.

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