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Our t-shirts might be the most visible aspect of Oaklandish, but our community work motivates everything we do. It’s our way of giving back to the city that gives so much to the world, and it informs every decision we make.

Oakland has historically been a hotbed of renegade activity, where boundaries are redefined and trends are created rather than followed. To help encourage the continuation of this "trailblazers' legacy," Oaklandish supports artists and nonprofits who are doing pioneering work in our community. Here are the organizations you support when you spend your money with Oaklandish.

Our annual Oaklandish Innovators grants recognize local programs that exemplify the values of innovation and progress in all areas of civic life. It’s a year-round partnership that doesn’t just end with writing a check. Along with financial support, we also pitch in to help our Innovators with events, collaborative designs, and awareness campaigns.

Critical Resistance


Critical Resistance seeks to build an international movement to end the prison industrial complex by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe. Instead, we believe that basic necessities such as food, shelter, and freedom are what really make our communities secure.




The Estria Foundation creates art in public spaces and locally and globally with artists, youth, educators, and activists in order to raise awareness and inspire action in the movement to resolve human and environmental issues.



The Khadafy Washington Foundation was founded as a tribute to Marilyn Washington Harris’s son, Khadafy Washington, who was shot and killed in West Oakland on August 4, 2000. The foundation aims to serve as a catalytic agent for the prevention and cessation of the murders of young people in our communities.



MISSSEY (Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting, and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth)
MISSSEY provides services for and works towards systemic change for commercially sexually exploited youth. In addition to direct services to sexually exploited youth, MISSSEY also provides training, technical information, and workshops for social agencies, law enforcement, and members of the community.

Planting Justice


Planting Justice is a North Oakland grassroots organization working to solve the urban hunger crisis. In addition to creating green jobs in edible landscaping and grassroots organizing, Planting Justice increases access to healthy food and offers environmental education and green entrepreneurship in economically disadvantaged communities.



Street Level Health Project is an Oakland-based grassroots organization dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of underserved urban immigrant communities in the Bay Area. In addition to bringing health care to the uninsured, Street Level Health Project provides temporary assistance and health care education to community members, while making great efforts to break down institutional and systemic barriers to health equity.



Youth ALIVE! believes that urban youth have the innate capacity to stop the violence plaguing our communities. Each day, they focus on nurturing leadership and life skills of young people affected by violence. In this work, Youth ALIVE! has found that addressing the root causes of violence saves lives.



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In addition to the Innovators grants, we also give donations to local nonprofits, community groups, independent businesses, and artists. These donations come in the form of gear, event sponsorships, auction donations, free screen printing jobs, and more.

Our Oaklandish donation package consists of an “Oaklandish swag bag” with a t-shirt, a sticker, and a button, all included in an Oaklandish tote bag. Organizations may be able to receive up to three swag bags, depending on the nature of your event. For event sponsorship and large-scale donation requests, please refer to our “Partnerships” section below.


Seeking a donation? Follow these steps:

1. Fill out our donation request form at least 3 weeks before your event. Please be sure to include the date of your event and your expected number of guests or participants.
2. Send a copy of your 501(c)3 letter, along with any questions, to as soon as possible.
3. Within two weeks, we'll contact you concerning next steps!


Recipients of Oaklandish donations and sponsorships in 2013 include:

Alameda County Community Food Bank
Awaken Cafe
Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network
Bay Area Sports Guy
Bay Localize
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area
The Black Hole
The Brown Boi Project
Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiently
Californians for Justice
Center for Independent Living
Chabot Space & Science Center
Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland
The Crucible
Dimond Recreational Center
Downtown Oakland YMCA
East Bay Asian Youth Center
East Bay Bike Coalition
Ella Baker Center
Fever Charm
Food Shift
Halftime Sports Bar
Hella Hack Oakland
Hiero Day
HUB Oakland
Inner City Advisors
Justice Now
Kaiser Elementary
Kev Choice
Lake Merritt Garden Center
Libros Libres
Life Is Living
Los Rakas
The Memorials
Montclair Elementary
Oakland Ballet Company
Oakland Fire Department
Oakland High School Men’s Yoga
Oakland Museum of California
Oakland Public Library
Oakland Youth Chorus
Oakland Youth Orchestra
The Original Scraper Bike Team, Inc.
Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation
Parent Voices Oakland
People’s Community Market
Planet Booty
Raphael Saadiq
Rebuilding Together Oakland
The Resource Environment for Underprivileged Groups Enterprise, Inc.
Sankofa Events
Save the Bay
Skyline High School
Spark Program
St. Mary’s Center
Sustainable Economies Law Center
Tribune Tavern
United Advocates for Children and Families
Urban Peace Movement
Visit Oakland
Walk Oakland Bike Oakland
Women Organized to Respond to Life-Threatening Diseases
Youth ALIVE!
Youth Together
Zendaya Coleman
Zion I

We also partner with other local businesses on projects that promote civic pride and celebrate Oakland spirit. Over the years, we’ve worked on everything from logo design to art contests and campaigns. Visit our Made in Oaklandish page to see some of our designs and partnerships from the past year.

We offer this support in the spirit of those Oakland legends who have had a direct influence on global culture; Architect Julia Morgan, Martial Artist Bruce Lee, Musician Larry Graham, Dancer Isadora Duncan, Aviator Joe Fong Guey, Artist Mike "Dream" Francisco, and Director Russ Myer, among many many others.


Interested in partnering with us? Please fill out our partnership request form! If your proposed partnership is event-based, please submit your request at least 4 to 6 weeks before the event date. If you have any questions, feel free to direction your inquiries to Please note that we do receive a high volume of requests; however, we will respond to inquiries in the order that they are received and as quickly as possible!