Changemaker Nomination: Ocean Conservancy

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Congratulations to Ocean

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

“After traveling to Senegal, Africa and seeing the state of the ocean there, combined with living on the San Francisco Bay, saving the oceans and wildlife within them took on an even more urgent cause than I already knew. In Senegal, fishermen have to take their canoe-like boats farther and farther out to sustain a living, into dangerous waters, because ships trail for fish with huge nets. The water is polluted with trash, chemicals and dead animals. Education and programs are key to ending these bad situations in developing nations.”

A little more info:

27_OceanConservancy“Ocean Conservancy educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean. From the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico to the halls of Congress, Ocean Conservancy brings people together to find solutions for our water planet. Informed by science, our work guides policy and engages people in protecting the ocean and its wildlife for future generations.


144,606,491 = Pounds of trash removed from beaches during the International Coastal Cleanup over 25 years.

2,300,000 = Estimated number of jobs created by America’s ocean and coastal economy.

1972 = The year Ocean Conservancy was Founded.

1 = Number of people it takes to make a difference for our ocean.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Natalie Goddard

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Congratulations to Natalie

Here’s what Peggy has to say about this fearless individual:

“I’m nominating my brilliant daughter Natalie Goddard, who at the age of 13 was reading an article on saving endangered species in the San Diego Zoonooz magazine and had an epiphany. She came up to me wide-eyed and excited and said “I know what I want to do with my life!” The article was about the Institute for Conservation Research at the San Diego Zoo Wild Animal Park (now San Diego Safari Park). “I want to work there!” she said. When she was 16 she applied and was chosen to be one of a handful of kids to do an internship at the San Diego Zoo where she was able to job shadow many of the Zoo’s employees including those working at Beckman Center, the home of ICR. 7 years later, her resolve has remained unchanged. She is now a Senior at UC Davis in the Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology Department and she will be working this summer at the Institute for Conservation Research. Her hard work and dedication has landed her a fellowship there where she gets to have her very own research project for the summer. Natalie’s love for animals and concern for the welfare of endangered species combined with her unflagging focus and determination to achieve her goals make her a perfect candidate for this donation. She plans to go to graduate school after she graduates from UC Davis and her dream job is to someday work at the San Deigo Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. I believe that Natalie, a former Girl Scout and Gold Award recipient truly will “make the world a better place.”

Thank you for considering her for a donation to help defray the cost of her education. If she is not an appropriate candidate, please consider sending a donation to the San Diego Zoo in her name.”

A little more info:

26_InstituteWildlifeConservancy“Can you imagine using the latest advances in science and technology to help rescue endangered species from the brink of extinction? We can.

At San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, we are committed to generating, sharing, and applying scientific knowledge vital to the conservation of animals, plants, and habitats worldwide.

Biodiversity is the theme that unites our work, and scientific innovation is the way we achieve our success. We are the science of saving species.

We are the largest zoo-based multidisciplinary research effort in the world. Our more than 150 dedicated scientists carry out research vital to the conservation of animals, plants, and habitats in over 35 countries worldwide.

Our approach is to first identify the most significant problems for conservation and restoration of endangered species, and then to apply the most innovative and creative science possible to solving them.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Alliance for Biking & Walking

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Congratulations to Alliance for Biking &

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

“The Alliance for Biking & Walking is the only organization in North America that is committed to building a new generation of active transportation leaders. The Alliance strengthens, builds and connects over 200 state and local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations that are working to improve their local communities and provide transportation options to millions of North Americans every day.”

A little more info:

25_Alliance4BikingWalking“The Alliance for Biking & Walking is North America’s coalition of local and state bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations. We create, strengthen and unite advocacy leaders who are transforming their communities into great places to bike and walk.

In 1996, Bill Wilkinson and Charlie Gandy of the Bicycle Federation of America (now the National Center for Bicycling and Walking) invited 20 leaders of bicycle advocacy organizations to the remote Thunderhead Ranch in Wyoming. There, participants discovered that colleagues around the country were facing both similar challenges in sustaining their advocacy organizations, and a common opportunity—the renewal of federal transportation legislation. Soon, these groups were key players in the bike industry-funded Bikes Belong Coalition. The result: After hard work implementing the bill in communities across America, $285 million in federal transportation moneys was invested in bicycling projects over six years.

By the end of the second retreat in 1997, these grassroots leaders had recognized that the special energy generated by these gatherings merited the establishment of a permanent organization dedicated to linking state and local bike advocacy organizations and leaders. The (Thunderhead) Alliance was born!”

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Changemaker Nomination: The Carroll School

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Congratulations to The Carroll

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

“Because they save lives by empowering and teaching children to read, all of whom have language based learning disabilities. This school is like no other and should be celebrated as a model for education as whole.”

A little more info:

24_CarrollSchool“Carroll School empowers children with language-based learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, to become academically skilled students who are strong self-advocates and confident lifelong learners prepared to enter other academic settings.

To fulfill its mission, Carroll School:

  • Utilizes both proven instructional methods and innovative approaches founded in emerging scientific research;
  • Meets individual student needs in small, supportive classroom environments;
  • Teaches students skills that enable them to become responsible active learners who understand that their success is a direct result of their effective effort;
  • Contributes to the understanding of language-based learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, by offering professional development for Carroll School faculty and educators worldwide, and collaborating with other professionals in the field;
  • Conducts innovative research projects, and actively creates and distributes new instructional approaches;
  • Serves a culturally, ethnically, and economically diverse population, and believes that multiple points of view enrich the school’s community;
  • Celebrates the unique gifts and perspectives of individuals with language-based learning disabilities, such as dyslexia.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Robin Lim / Yayasan Bumi Sehat

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Congratulations to Robin Lim / Yayasan Bumi:

Here’s what Jaime has to say about this fearless individual and organization:

“Robin Lim and the work of Yayasan Bumi Sehat has a tremendous impact on their local community’s health care needs as well and happy birthing for the next generation. She saw a need and went about meeting it.”

A little more info:

23_bumisehatbali“Our mission is to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality and to support the health and wise development of communities. Toward this goal, we provide general health services, emergency care, prenatal, postpartum, birth services and breastfeeding support, in addition to education and environmental programs. Yayasan Bumi Sehat is devoted to working in partnership with people to improve quality of life and to improve peace.

In 1994, our founder, Ibu Robin Lim, began providing health services for pregnant women and children under five for free in the area of Ubud, Bali based out of her home in Nyuh Kuning village. Over the next decade as demand grew and knowledge of her services became widespread, others joined together with Ibu Robin to support the initiative of providing care for women and children of need.

On May 29 2003, the Jakarta Post reported that maternal mortality at birth in Indonesia at 373 per 100,000 births, the highest among countries in the ASEAN. Ibu Robin and her team, along with business and community leaders, believed it was time to formalize their activities to create an institution to provide social services and health education to improve the quality of health for mothers and children through prenatal clinics and labor services and environmental programs for cleaner communities.

In January 2005, our institution was established by license through the Notary, and in 2006 became legally incorporated under the name ‘Yayasan Bumi Sehat Nyuh Kuning Village’ through Decree Law with the Human Rights Minister and registered in the Gianyar Regency of Social Affairs and the Social Department of the Province of Bali. Yayasan Bumi Sehat‘s main office and headquarters is located in the Nyuh Kuning Village near Ubud in the Gianyar District of Bali, Indonesia.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Coalition of Immokalee Workers

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Congratulations to Coalition of Immokalee

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

“The Coalition of Immokalee Workers – a grassroots farmworker organization located in South Florida ( – is the epitome of a changemaker movement. Together with consumers across the country, these farmworkers have encouraged and invited (and sometimes had to convince…) America’s major food corporations (Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway and more) to join Florida’s Fair Food Program, a revolutionary program guaranteeing fair pay and humane working conditions to Florida’s 30,000+ tomato pickers.

This program is the first of its kind in the U.S. — a domestic fair-trade-like program where farmworkers, consumers and large food buyers are working together to end decades of exploitation in the fields, including sexual harassment, wage theft, thirty years of stagnant wages, no benefits whatsoever, and federally-prosecuted cases of modern-day slavery.

The CIW, as the organization is known, is an organization after Fearless chocolate’s own heart. The farmworker staff and members exemplify courage, commitment, perseverance, determination, hope and resilience. In the past decade, they have faced the most powerful corporations on the planet and have used their fearless energy to create one of the most successful social responsibility programs on the planet.

Check them out and support them! You won’t go wrong.”

A little more info:

22_CIWlogobug“Consciousness + Commitment = Change

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is a worker-based human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in the fields of corporate social responsibility, community organizing, and sustainable food. The CIW is also a leader in the growing movement to end human trafficking due to its groundbreaking work to combat modern-day slavery and other labor abuses common in agriculture. The CIW works in three broad and overlapping spheres: The Campaign for Fair Food… The Fair Food Program… Anti-Slavery Campaign…”

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Changemaker Nomination: Farm Sanctuary’s Northern California Shelter

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Congratulations to Farm Sanctuary’s Northern California

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

“I’ve visited Farm Sanctuary several times and am deeply moved by their commitment to provide abused and discarded factory farm animals a safe and peaceful environment to live the remainder of their lives.”

A little more info:

21_FarmSanctuary“Farm Sanctuary was founded in 1986 when Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur rescued Hilda from a stockyard dead pile. Since that time, we’ve met, loved, and provided refuge for thousands of animals. Many people see two classes of animals: The animals with whom we share our homes, and everyone else. But other animals are not different in any way that matters morally from the dogs and cats with whom so many of us share our lives. At Farm Sanctuary, we share our lives with farm animals — chickens, turkeys, pigs, goats, sheep, ducks, geese, and cattle. And we can tell you from personal experience that farm animals have the same range of personalities and interests as cats and dogs.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV)

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Congratulations to Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV)

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

“I’ve been volunteering with this organization for 7 years now and I’ve never come across a more motivated and fun group of awesome people all organized under the passionate directive of the organization. The amazing work they do for the land is equaled by the inspiration and  passion they instill in hundreds of volunteers each season. This group is awesome and fearlessly addressing the restoration of the land that needs to be done especially following major forest fire damage done in the past couple of years!”

A little more info:


To foster a community spirit of shared responsibility for the ecological stewardship and restoration of public and protected lands.


  • Create a strong network of volunteers, capable of caring for these sites through trainings, educational opportunities, and partnerships with other local organizations.
  • Encourage community-based involvement in projects by recruiting volunteers who live in communities near project sites and/or are members of user groups who frequent those sites.
  • Develop and implement high quality, science-based restoration techniques. We aim to contribute to the scientific field of ecological restoration.
  • Collaborate closely with land managers and other stakeholders to identify key sites in need of ecological restoration.
  • Serve a diverse audience including urban and rural residents, adults, middle and high school students, disadvantaged youth, local watershed protection groups, local outdoor clubs, and other recreational users of local public lands.
  • Have fun, work hard, and celebrate the deep love of mountains, forests, streams, and open spaces that inspire our work.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Caitlin Ryan, Family Acceptance Project

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Congratulations to Caitlin Ryan, Family Acceptance

Here’s what Jung has to say about this fearless individual:

“The Family Acceptance Project (FAP) saves the lives of LGBT youth by educating their families/primary caretakers on the destructive impact of rejecting their child’s sexuality on the child’s health and relationship with the family. Often, these families love their LGBT children but don’t understand that denying or oppressing their children’s identities does not help them but profoundly harms them. FAP conducted comprehensive research in the field with diverse families (rural, ethnic) in California and was able to identify and connect specific accepting/rejecting behaviors by families on health outcomes among LGBT youth including depression, sexually risky behavior, drug abuse, and suicide.  I had the  pleasure of working with Caitlin Ryan on this project last year as a pro bono marketing consultant and believe she and FAP deserve a donation because of the incredibly groundbreaking, research-based work she has done to help the families of LGBT youth stay together and ensure healthier outcomes for these youth. FAP has made a concerted effort to create resource materials for diverse populations–not just the mainstream, middle/upper class, white families in urban centers–in English, Spanish, and Chinese, and for Mormon communities to support LGBT youth and their families. Caitlin lives and breathes this work. She works 14 hours a day and is severely underfunded and understaffed. Her work is not sexy like “It gets better”–her work promotes the health and acceptance of LGBT youth within their primary source of identity and community, their families; Caitlin and FAP aim to change the social and cultural behaviors that harm youth, one family at a time. Donating to FAP will provide Caitlin with the opportunity to hire more project-based help or even reduce the burden of having to fundraise while at the same time trying to reach more families and professionals (health, educational, etc) who work with LGBT youth and produce the resources to help those youth.”

A little more info:

19_FamilyAcceptanceProject“Although there is an increasing amount of information about the risks and challenges facing LGB youth (with very little information about transgender youth), we know little about their strengths and resiliency, including the strengths of families in supporting their children’s health and well-being. Even though the family is the primary support for children and youth, and family involvement helps reduce adolescent risk, there have been no previous studies of how families affect their LGBT children’s risk and resiliency. Prior to this study, little information was available to show how families respond to an adolescent’s coming out and how family and caregiver reactions affect adolescent health, mental health and development for LGBT young people.

Attention to family reactions is critical since increasingly, youth are coming out at younger ages which significantly increases risk for victimization and abuse in family, school and community settings, and provides opportunities for helping to support and strengthen families. Victimization has long-term consequences for health and development, and impacts families as well as the targeted individuals. Early intervention can help families and caregivers build on strengths and use evidence-based materials to understand the impact of acceptance and rejection on their child’s well-being.

The Family Acceptance Project™ (FAP) is directed by Caitlin Ryan at the Marian Wright Edelman Institute at San Francisco State University, and was developed by Caitlin Ryan and Rafael Dìaz in 2002. It includes the first major study of the families of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC)

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Congratulations to Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC)

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

“Interfaith Youth Core is the nation’s leading nonprofit devoted to a bold and fearless cause – making interfaith cooperation a social norm. While religion is all too frequently a barrier of division, as we’ve seen enacted in the 21st century, IFYC believes that faith should be a bridge of cooperation that strengthens civil society and promotes the common good. In fact, IFYC believes that the history of the United States is one in which a successive generation of interfaith leaders has pushed back the forces of religious prejudice in the name of religious pluralism, and that it is incumbent on those of us in this generation to write the next chapter in this American story. To achieve its mission, IFYC trains and mobilizes a critical mass of college students as interfaith leaders who bring together their diverse peers under the shared value of service. I believe that IFYC embodies the Fearless Changemaker persona in mission and action – through its work to fight religious bigotry, one of the foremost national and global issues of our generation, by creating a movement of young people of religious and secular backgrounds to build shared community.”

A little more info:

18_IFYC“We live at a time when people of different faith backgrounds are interacting with greater frequency than ever before. We hear the stories of people who seek to make faith a barrier of division or a bomb of destruction all too often. Instead, we view religious and philosophical traditions as bridges of cooperation. Our interfaith movement builds religious pluralism.

We define religious pluralism as a world characterized by:

  • Respect for people’s diverse religious and non-religious identities,
  • Mutually inspiring relationships between people of different backgrounds, and
  • Common action for the common good.

We think pluralism is achieved by two things:

  • The science of interfaith cooperation: by creating positive, meaningful relationships across differences, and fostering appreciative knowledge of other traditions, attitudes improve, knowledge increases, and more relationships occur. These three are mutually reinforcing and backed by social science data, what we call the “interfaith triangle”.
  • The art of interfaith leadership: people who create and foster opportunities for positive knowledge and opportunities for engagement move others around the interfaith triangle and lead to a community marked by pluralism.

We believe that American college students, supported by their campuses, can be the interfaith leaders needed to make religion a bridge and not a barrier.”

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