Through ImpactClub®, as Impact Venture Capitalists, we invest heavily in local charities that demonstrate a powerful “Story Engine” and have proven their willingness to fight for their cause – by competing in and winning a high-stakes competition. As a result, ImpactClub®, through Impact Venture Capitalism, has dramatically multiplied the Impact that a single person can have on charities in their local community.
Loved Twice started in 2005 when Lisa Klein, Founder and Executive Director, responded to a Craig’s List posting from Louisiana asking for donations of baby clothing after Hurricane Katrina. Having just had her first child, Lisa was deeply moved to contribute. She rallied other San Francisco Bay Area mothers and collected 200 pounds of baby clothes in four days. Mailing the onesies, swaddling blankets, and other donated clothes off, she realized that the simple process of reusing gently used newborn clothing to provide for infants in need could be applied to her home state of California. Lisa turned her compassion into passion and started Loved Twice to help underprivileged newborns in her own community, giving disadvantaged babies a better start in life. We collect gently-used baby clothes, sort these precious garments into boy and girl wardrobes-in-a-box, and distribute them exclusively through social workers in hospitals, shelters, and clinics. Ours is a simple solution that supports disadvantaged babies while reusing thousands of onesies, swaddling blankets, and baby wear that would otherwise end up in landfills. Loved Twice believes every newborn girl and boy deserves to have clothes for their first year of life — one of life’s basic necessities
Our children are our future, and education is critical to their success. The New Haven Schools Foundation is an independent nonprofit that makes academic improvements possible in our schools. School budgets are tight in California, and in our community, household budgets are not such that parents can supplement all the student needs in our schools. We manage a community-based scholarship program that provided $155,000 in financial aid for local students in 2019. We work with teachers to provide innovative teaching programs in their classrooms that improve literacy, STEM education, the arts, and other academic areas. We also raise funds to cover general services in our schools, such as funding school nursing needs or building out community gardens that provide healthy food. Our goal is to help prepare local students, many of whom are financially disadvantaged, for higher education and good jobs.
Camp Krem – Camping Unlimited for the Developmentally Disabled’s mission is to enrich the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities in a supportive outdoor atmosphere of acceptance, fun and adventure. Since 1957, we have provided children and adults with developmental disabilities a full program of recreation, education, fun and adventure. We offer Summer Camp and a Year-Round Respite Program. Our program encourages independence, nurtures responsibility, develops competence and builds lifelong friendships in a warm supportive atmosphere of planned permissiveness. We strive to create opportunities for campers to grow socially, emotionally, and intellectually by encouraging them to make their own decisions as to activity and interest. An important adjunct to our work with this population is to offer counselors and volunteers (most of whom are young adults) opportunities to develop responsibility, leadership and decision-making skills and teamwork, to expand their horizons and to learn the satisfaction of serving others in an exceptional and life-affirming way. The Camp Krem programs also provides parents and caregivers with much-needed respite.