Changemaker Nomination: Grand Aspirations

Next in our series of 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to Grand Aspirations:

Here’s what Amanda has to say about this fearless organization:

“Grand Aspirations is the most fearless organization I’ve ever seen.  I’ve volunteered for many local, national and international organizations before…but this organization got guts.  Working with almost no resources, they develop the green economy through alternative energy, transportation, agriculture, and business initiatives.  But what really hit me when I volunteered for them was their attitude.  Other people would’ve given up or not even tried, but Grand Aspirations follows their aspirations like a chocolate addict to a bar of Fearless Chocolate. Give ‘em a bite!”

A little more info:

“Grand Aspirations’ mission is to empower, connect, and support youth leaders as they create innovative, self-sustaining, and inter-dependent initiatives that systemically integrate climate and energy solutions, economic security, and social justice.

The organization uses three broad approaches to meet our mission:

  • Train emerging leaders through hands-on initiatives.
  • Support the development of innovative green economy projects in communities across the country.
  • Foster collaboration between different local initiatives so that leaders exchange ideas and support each other in shared challenges.”

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Changemaker Nomination: The Peace Alliance

Next in our series of 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to The Peace Alliance:

Here’s what Annie has to say about this fearless organization:

“The Peace Alliance was established to support the campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace. Please check out “Department of Peace” under “Issues and Advocacy” on their website to learn more. We MUST turn away from violence and war as tools to resolve differences (both at home and abroad)…they always lead to more pain and violence, more anger and destruction.”

A little more about this group:

“The Peace Alliance empowers civic engagement toward a culture of peace.

We are an alliance of organizers and advocates throughout the United States taking the work of peacebuilding from the margins of society into the centers of national discourse and policy priorities. Our network includes volunteer grassroots teams in hundreds of cities, towns, colleges and high school campuses.

A great need exists in our country and world for a comprehensive and coordinated approach to preventing and resolving violent conflict. From the growing rate of domestic incarceration to increasing problems of international conflict, the United States faces great challenges around the issue of violence in our homes, communities and world. We do our part in the following ways: Advocacy… Education: Spotlight Peacebuilding… Galvanizing a Movement.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Institute for Responsible Technology

Next in our series of 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to Institute for Responsible Technology:

Here’s what Carina has to say about this fearless organization:

“I believe they deserve a donation because they do important work concerning GMO’s.”

A little more about Institue for Responsible Technology:

“The Institute for Responsible Technology is a world leader in educating policy makers and the public about genetically modified (GM) foods and crops. We investigate and report their risks and impact on health, environment, the economy, and agriculture, as well as the problems associated with current research, regulation, corporate practices, and reporting.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Intact America

Next in our series of 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to Intact America:

Here’s what Jamie has to say about this fearless organization:

“Because the peacemakers at Intact America want to give little boys the right to their whole bodies and save them from death and physical, spiritual, psychological trauma. The butterfly effect that having a america full of whole little boys would be significant in ways we cant even fathom right now.”

A little more about Intact America:

“Intact America envisions a world where children are protected from permanent bodily alteration inflicted on them without their consent, in the name of culture, religion, profit, or parental preference.

Intact America works to protect babies and children from circumcision and all other forms of medically unnecessary genital alteration, whether carried out for cultural conformity or profit, in medical or non-medical settings.

We seek to achieve our goals through education, advocacy, public policy reform, and the empowerment of our supporters, partners, and volunteers. You can read our Statement of Principles here.”

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Dear Fearless Family,

At Fearless Chocolate we are passionate about crafting the most delicious and most nutritious chocolate bars ever made! As we evolve, explore, test, and refine our approach in pursuit of optimal taste and nourishment, we have found that we are achieving a superior finished product by allowing naturally occurring temperatures during our cacao’s fermentation cycle, which often exceed the raw community concept of 118ºF. Additionally, experimentation with temperatures beyond 118ºF during the drying cycle of our raw cacao are yielding exceptionally positive results in both flavor development and the preservation of our cacao’s nutritional wealth.

It’s exciting to be making Fearless Chocolate as our efforts on both the farm and in the lab enable us to offer ever more vital and vibrant properties within our cacao. The Raw Food community too is evolving and maturing. With acknowledgement to purists who offer that any processed food challenges the boundaries of truly “raw” integrity, even with strict adherence to temperatures below 118F, we acknowledge that this refinement of our raw methodology marks a transformation. Accordingly, over the next 6 months the statement on our chocolate bar packaging will shift from “Raw Organic Chocolate” to FEARLESS Organic SuperChocolate. Fearless Organic SuperChocolate remains low-temperature processed to preserve superior nutrition and maximum deliciosity.

Yours in SuperChocolate,


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Changemaker Nomination: Just Food

Next in our series of 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to Just Food:

Here’s what Melissa has to say about this awesome organization:

“Just Food is creating a sustainable food system in New York City by connecting all citizens regardless of income with fresh locally grown produce. They do this through community supported agriculture (CSAs), by delivering fresh produce to food pantries, teaching people to grow food in New York City’s vacant lots and now in Farm School NYC! They also teach New Yorkers how to cook and advocate for food justice (access for all).”

A little more about Just Food:

“Just Food is a non-profit organization that connects communities and local farms with the resources and support they need to make fresh, locally grown food accessible to all New Yorkers. Just Food provides regional farmers and food producers, CSA organizers and everyday eaters with the resources and support they need to establish and experience healthy food systems—in every neighborhood.

Since 1995, Just Food has pioneered and championed the proliferation of sustainable food programs, including CSAs, community-run farmers’ markets, and farm-to-food pantry programs. Just Food serves thousands of New Yorkers by forging partnerships between local farms, neighborhood groups, and consumers, and by providing urban communities with a framework for growing, and knowing, healthy food.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Rocket Dog Rescue

Here’s yet another of our 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to Rocket Dog Rescue:

Here’s what Annie has to say about this awesome organization:

“I met Pali years ago before she started Rocket Dog and she was volunteering with Hop-A-Long Rescue.  I had come to her in search of help with a pit bull we had found in a parking lot, and it is just as true then as it is now how she does whatever she can to help any dog that comes her way.  I have never seen Pali’s dedication to rescue waiver in the ten plus years that I have had the honor to call her my friend.  I have seen all the hardships and sacrafices and time that it is so overwhelming that any other person would just quit, especially now with how the economy has hit rescue groups and with shelters closing.  Pali is an extremely special woman and Rocket Dog Rescue takes every dime and stretches it to the max, no one gets paid it’s an all volunteer group.  The past three years RDR has been given the title of “Best Non-Profit” by the Bay Guardian, and that goes hand in hand with Pali’s total dedication to the cause of helping those animals in need, no matter how dire the situation.  Thousands of dogs have been able to find love and live out happier lives through the hard work of Pali Boucher and Rocket Dog Rescue. Thank you for having “changemakers” a part of your company.”

A little more about Rocket Dog Rescue:

“Rocket Dog Rescue is a volunteer based organization serving the greater Bay Area, dedicated to saving homeless and abandoned dogs from over crowded animal shelters. We also help dogs from other areas that have compelling situations where they are in danger of abuse, neglect or euthanasia. Rocket Dog Rescue places dogs into temporary foster homes where they are socialized, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and treated for any medical or behavioral conditions limiting their adoptability. RDR actively searches for permanent homes for its foster dogs by producing and distributing photo-biographic posters, by hosting an actively updated website and by organizing mobile adoption fairs and special events that provide exposure to potential adopters. Rocket Dog Rescue also provides assistance to individuals and animal rescue groups fostering dogs in need of permanent new homes.

Founded in 2001, Rocket Dog Rescue’s ultimate goal is to create a world where all companion animals have loving and permanent homes and where no good natured dogs, no matter what their age, are killed in shelters because they are considered to be surplus or un-adoptable.”

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Changemaker Nomination: SparkRelief

Here’s one of our 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to SparkRelief:

Here’s what Taylor has to say about this awesome organization:

“Eli founded a disaster relief nonprofit called Sparkrelief after experiencing the Boulder fires in 2010. He wanted to help, but didn’t know how so he went to the Red Cross to see if he could host some families in his large apartment. They told him to go away, so he created a platform where community members can find and offer housing during times of disaster. Sparkrelief has since helped out with multiple disasters including the Japan Earthquake, the Alberta wildfires, and the Joplin Tornado.

He is currently on a mission to rebuild the website to include housing, transportation, medical aid, food, and more and could use a little pat on the shoulder!”

A little more about SparkRelief:

“…working to make natural disasters suck less.”

“We are a group of volunteers, fourteen amazing people, dedicated to the common goal of significantly improving lives after natural disasters. We build a platform and create better processes, empowering communities to provide disaster relief. Sparkrelief is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

• We see a world where people are empowered to help one another during disasters
• We seek to replace complexity and despair with simplicity and hope
• We promise to do our best to ‘Empower You to provide disaster relief’ and hope you will join us in creating a better world

From food, to clothing, to donations and volunteers, we want to build the bridges that will be used for decades to connect people who want to help with those in need. Help us build those bridges.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Sustainable Harvest International

Here’s one of our 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to Sustainable Harvest International:

Here’s what Kimberly has to say about this awesome organization:

“I read on my chocolate bar that I could nominate an organization to benefit from your donation program. I have been donating to Sustainable Harvest International for several years. I think that the work that they do in teaching sustainable agricultural practices to people in Central America would dovetail nicely with the mission of your company.

The aspect I like best about SHI is that instead of simply telling people that slash and burn techinques are bad, they teach them new ways of farming. They also show them how those ways can improve the nutritional content of their meals, help them earn extra money, and improve their health.

Their model is that SHI must be invited into the community and they will only stay there for a few years to help the community get started. But the community must really desire to learn the new techniques so that they have ownership over it.

Thank you for your time and consideration of SHI, and thanks for being such a cool company (with extra tasty chocolate!)”

A little more about SHI:

The mission of Sustainable Harvest International (SHI) is to provide farming families in Central America with the training and tools to preserve our planet’s tropical forests while overcoming poverty.

Founded in 1997 by Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Florence Reed, Sustainable Harvest International addresses the tropical deforestation crisis in Central America by providing farmers with sustainable alternatives to slash-and-burn agriculture.

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