GRANTEES OF THE LIA FUND: 2008

Center for Ecoliteracy advances education for sustainable living and is a pioneer in combining hands-on experience in the natural world with curricular innovation in K-12 education. ($15,000)

Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic provides free access to alternative complementary modalities of treatment for underserved women with cancer. ($24,000)

Climate Protection Campaign seeks to influence climate policy and promote conservation, green building, green retrofitting, using solar and wind energy, community choice aggregation, and using Cap and Dividend to reduce reliance on carbon-based products. ($20,000)

Commonweal is a nonprofit health and environmental research institute that conducts programs for human and ecosystem health, including a support program for people with cancer. ($8,000)

Cultural Odyssey is a performing arts company committed to the creation of original work by artists of all cultures. Its Medea Project uses art to transform the lives of women in need, including those who are HIV-positive. ($20,000)

Destiny Arts exists to end isolation, prejudice, and violence in the lives of young people through its violence-prevention and conflict-resolution programs, an award winning performance company, and a highly decorated martial arts program and tournament team. ($22,000)

Eastside Arts Alliance is an organization of artists, cultural workers, and community organizers of color in Oakland’s San Antonio district, committed to a creative environment that improves the quality of life for their communities and advocacy for social change. ($22,000)

H.O.M.E.Y. – Homies Organizing the Mission to Empower Youth/International Child Resource Institute works with at-risk and low-income Latino and Latina youth in San Francisco’s Mission District to prevent violence and promote alternatives to gang life. ($20,000)

Mainstreet Moms: Organize or Bust is a nonpartisan group dedicated to securing a more viable future for our children through the relentless education, engagement, bite-size action, and leadership of moms and honorary moms everywhere. Projects include getting out the vote and advocacy for clean energy. ($20,000)

Marin Carbon Project/UC-Berkeley’s Ecosystem Sciences Division is helping to establish a baseline measuring methodology for carbon sequestration in local rangeland soils to combat climate change. ($25,000)

Marin County Bicycle Coalition is dedicated to improving Marin County’s road and path facilities for walkers and bikers. MCBC campaigns have achieved permanent bike racks, bike lane striping and signs, road resurfacing, and awareness of bike safety for kids. ($15,000)

Marin Organic is an association of organic producers who promote local organic agriculture, based on a respect for nature and a sense of place. As the primary link between farmers and eaters, Marin Organic is committed to supporting a sustainable, organic county. ($20,000)

Media & Policy Center Foundation is a groundbreaking, award-winning media foundation dedicated to building better communities through empowering productions and localized outreach. Projects have included Edens Lost & Found; and Going2Green Academic Curriculum, focusing on actionable steps toward sustainability. ($20,000)

The Garden of Eatin’/North Bay Children’s Center teaches the families of the young children under its care to make healthy food choices by learning how to grow, harvest, and eat fresh fruits and vegetables. ($15,000)

Permaculture Marin/Marin Link is a group of certified permaculture designers, community members, and educators who collaborate with local communities to apply permaculture to further regenerative ecology. ($8,000)

Rising Sun Energy Center educates the public about sustainable behaviors and technologies, performs free residential audits and services to lower energy usage, and provides workforce training for low-income youth. ($22,000)

Spirit Rock Meditation Center is dedicated to the teachings of the Buddha as presented in the practice of mindful awareness, with a full program of classes, daylong programs, and residential retreats. This grant was earmarked to support the Center’s diversity program. ($11,000)

SPROUT Seed Library/Marin Link has set out to save West Marin’s diverse garden heritage by building a network of people collecting, conserving and sharing heirloom seeds of vegetables, flowers, herbs, and medicinal plants, free of pesticides and genetic engineering. ($15,000)

The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company conducts intensive theater residencies to empower youth in at-risk environments to discover their creative voice, nurture their desire for literacy, build self-respect, practice nonviolence, and set previously inconceivable expectations for themselves.($20,000)

Verde Partnership Garden/Tides Center, a school and community garden project, gives children the chance to experience the healing power of growing plants, establish a relationship with organic food, and become educated about nutrition. ($18,000)

West Marin Commons/On the Commons seeks to build community by establishing, preserving and enhancing common spaces and the life that occurs in them, and to create social infrastructure for resource sharing, conservation, and learning. ($4,000)

Youth Speaks encourages young people to embrace the pen and the microphone as an outlet for positive creative expression, through writing and performing spoken word, poetry and theater. It aims to empower the next generation of leaders to apply their voices as creators of social change. ($22,000)