Coffee in the Bay Area is Stupid Expensive. There's a Better way to spend $5.
Join the ILO Club to discover and support a new charity in the Bay Area each week. Members Automatically donate $5 to each nonprofit.
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I started ILO because I wanted to make a positive impact, but had absolutely no idea where to begin. What better place to start than with inspiring charities in my own backyard?
This week we are proud to support uAspire.
uAspire is championing access to higher education and guiding students towards benefits that have been hidden in plain sight for far too long. uAspire is the bronze bullet that just might get our country back on its feet.
In Lieu Of has been a whirlwind adventure. Over the last several months, I’ve peeled back the curtain and taken a peek at the Bay’s most inspiring people, stories, and organizations. Friends, family, and even a few strangers have come along for the ride. Together we have been donating $5 per week to a new nonprofit that is making the world a better place.
With over 7,000 registered nonprofits in San Francisco alone, it’s not hard to find nonprofits in the Bay. It’s almost laughably easy. But, finding a nonprofit and finding a great nonprofit are two very different things.
When was the last time you enjoyed Shakespeare’s iconic iambic pentameter come to life on stage? Perhaps you caught one of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival performances this summer. Maybe you took a quick jaunt across the pond and found yourself sitting at the center of it all in London’s Globe Theatre. The last time I saw Shakespeare? I was in San Francisco County Jail #5.
When you think of finance, charity probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Greed and excess usually top the list. We’ve all seen Wolf of Wall Street. We picture people that left their moral compass marooned on their forgotten and discarded private island never to be found again. However, there is a core group of social entrepreneurs disrupting the finance world and working to earn finance a new reputation.
Typically, when something sounds too good to be true, it is. If someone offers you free money, start looking for the string. It’s attached somewhere. You just need to find it. But every once in a blue moon, that string doubles as a rope, a lifeline allowing you to pull yourself to financial security. When that happens, do you grab it? That is the question EARN is asking the Bay Area.
A couple of weekends ago, I took part in one of RTP’s Team Build events for Perkins Coie, a prominent law firm with offices in San Francisco and Palo Alto. I don’t think I can recall a more vivid illustration of “many hands make light work.” It was incredible.
I love cat. Let’s be clear, I don’t love cats, just cat. A lot of meaning hinges on that little “s.” As long as I can remember I have been a dog person, but recently my girlfriend and I adopted a kitten from the SF SPCA. The experience has changed my life and great god almighty...I really do love this cat.
A few weeks ago, I sacrificed a few precious hours of beauty sleep to save the Bay. I’m not saying that makes me a superhero…but I’m not not saying that either. You be the judge.
Standing on the corner of 4th and Market amidst confetti cannons, drag queens, and gay couples canoodling atop trash cans, it all snapped into focus. Pride is as much a celebration of love’s triumph as it is a battle cry for the hardships that lie ahead.