GooGooDolls and Michelle Branch, plus many more artists, play in the park for this huge, free concert for the city of San Francisco! I went to RadioAlice’s June concert and it was a blast… nothing beats drinking sangria on beach blankets and listening to live music in the masses!
And biggest perk of all? It’s benefiting the San Francisco Parks Trust and San Francisco Recreation and Parks! These are two organizations that need help desperately, so check out the booths at the concert, and remember that the free ticket leaves a little room for a friendly donation for the beautiful venue :)
Good restaurants in the bay?? I'm dying to try something new! :)
I can definitely give a few recommendations in San Francisco! I’ll try to send a few per neighborhood that I love:
NorthBeach: The Stinking Rose (garlic restaurant) or Pellegrini, both on Columbus St. My favorite wine bar here is Dell’Uva on Green!
Marina: Bin38 is a great wine bar near Chestnut, good food too! Mamacita has amazing mexican food and a great bar atmosphere!
PacHeights: Dosa has AMAZING indian food, and is in the fun Fillmore district (my neighborhood!). Also, definitely try Dino’s for really relaxed atmosphere and great pizza and beer!
SOMA: So many to choose from… great happy hour at Cosmopolitan, and Palomino on the Embarcadero! Ritzy seafood at Waterbar (pretty pricey!), and great outdoor atmosphere at Paragon. Looking for a quick lunch bite? The Great American Grilled Cheese place is CLASSIC, so delicious! Oh, and 21st Amendment is a great brewery near the ballpark as well.
Hayes Valley: STACKS. So delicious… best breakfast spot. Definitely share a huge pancake with a friend.
Haight: Little Chihuahua has some of the best mexican food in the city, in my opinion… pretty cheap too. Toronado has an awesome beer selection as far as bars go, and there is a GREAT pizza place next door that hits the spot after a few drinks!
Castro: Awesome bento boxes and bottomless mimosas at Barracuda on Market.
Mission: I’ve only been a few places in the mission, but the ones I’ve been to I’ve loved! Tokyo GoGo had awesome sushi, and we followed it with huge specialty Martinis at Blondies down the street. Heart is also a great wine bar with yummy snacks.
August 8th marks the start of San Francisco Fashion Week, hosted by Bay Area nonprofit SFFAMA (San Francisco Fashion and Merchants Alliance), an organization focused on business and technology education for fashion and creative industries.
This event, in multiple locations throughout the city, ends August 14th after a plethora of runway shows, fashion workshops integrated with Apple and Wix.com, and more techie fashion than SF is ready for! Get tickets now!
BlueAvocado is a great source for nonprofit buzz, but is also a great site for helpful hints. While I have limited professional nonprofit experience, I have participated in the long and arduous process of strategic planning at small nonprofits. Check out this article when you get a chance, has some great best-practices for a less painful process!
Cheap and Cheerful - Using Social Media to Amplify your NonProfit!
I recently interviewed an HR employee of a Bay Area nonprofit, whose motto for the company was “cheap and cheerful.” Not to be a Debbie Downer, but I absolutely hate this statement. As someone who works in the for-profit sector, one of my biggest hesitations in moving over into the nonprofit world is that some nonprofits don’t know when to spend money and when not to.
Budgets seem to be a personal hell in the lives of most nonprofit employees, between the juggling of grant funding, donations and volunteer power. While I can sympathize, I have recently been brainstorming ways for nonprofits to become “profitable” enough to raise internal funds for things such as advertising, outreach, and even company culture. Until this idea is fully cooked, there are many additional FREE options for nonprofits to utilize, while still remaining “cheap and cheerful,” so to speak.
Next Tuesday (July 12), San Francisco is holding a full day event at the Zeum Theater in SOMA, entitled Building Business through Social Media. For the purposes of enlightening for-profit and non-profit businesses alike, this seminar will walk through the value of social media contests, client relationships and many other ways of leveraging your social media savvy into profit and success.
While tickets range from $99-$150 for the 5-hour event, this small cost should be worth it’s weight in gold. The free marketing possibilities that social media programs now afford to their users are immensely valuable. Learning the tips and tricks of the trade will not only elevate your business brand, but will also put you ahead of the curve in the long run! Especially for “cheap and cheerful” nonprofits, there is no better way to grow a committed following than cultivating an online community that trusts and values your mission.
Check out the Castro Theater this weekend to support the San Francisco Frozen Film Festival, a 501c3 in the Bay Area that is looking to elevate the independent film industry. This year marks the fifth anniversary of this fest, and will feature many raw works from the local SF Theater scene, including various verticals of hip hop & beat-boxing, fixed gear biking, mathematics, surfing, hilarious short, dramatic, documentary, and animated films. Definitely worth checking out, and tickets are still available via their site!
Welcome to SanFranthropic, a blog and sharing platform that I hope will inform and educate the Bay Area about exciting news, events and happenings in the nonprofit sector. I will do my best to post daily updates on information I find, but I am also very open to collaboration here, and would love all of you nonprofit-loving San Franciscans to share their experiences and advice on here as well! I hope this space is useful and fun, and that together we can all lend a hand to and learn from some of the most innovative, exciting and much-needed charitable organizations within our community.