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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.

Omni Commons

OMNI COMMONS
Omni Commons is an accessible progressive mulit-disciplinary community space located in Temescal. Occupying the old Omni nightclub, the Omni Commons is a “cooperative of cooperatives” that includes a citizen run science / DIYbio space, print studio and bindery, health and wellness center, the Food Not Bombs kitchen, a celluloid film lab, worker-owned cafe and bookstore, and of course the grand ballroom which is slated to host all manner of gatherings and celebrations.
omnicommons.org

Destiny Arts

DESTINY ARTS CENTER
Destiny Arts Center’s mission is to end isolation, prejudice, and violence in the lives of young people. They offer dance, theater, and martial arts classes for youth ages 3 to 18, and no youth are ever turned away for lack of funds. All of Destiny’s movement arts classes are taught by professional working artists, integrated with their time-tested violence prevention curriculum and frameworks, and offered during after-school hours when youth are most vulnerable to violent interactions.
destinyarts.org/

Mamacitas Cafe

 

MAMACITAS CAFE
Mamacitas Cafe is an Oakland-grown enterprise that hires and trains women, ages 16-24, to run a mobile cafe. Through employment, training, and mentorship, they provide meaningful solutions to the city’s high unemployment rate while also encouraging employees toward their higher goals and aspirations.
mamacitascafe.com/


Cat Town

 

 

CAT TOWN
Cat Town is a cat rescue organization that partners with Oakland Animal Services to help the cats least likely to be adopted from the city shelter and those who have been there the longest. The Cat Town Cafe is a fun and highly visible way to showcase their cats, get them adopted quickly and highlight their mission to save the most vulnerable shelter cats.
cattownoakland.org/

IBWFF

INTERNATIONAL BLACK WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL
The International Black Women’s Film Festival explores the social, aesthetic, and political contexts of Black women in society through film, television, and other media. The festival has screened over twenty-five films and has showcased a multitude of panel discussions, championing global and local independent filmmakers, many of whom are Oakland residents. The organization’s goal is to provide these filmmakers a professional visual forum to help generate a new audience of moviegoers who demand better representation of Black women in the media.
ibwff.com/

Bay Area Midgets

 

BAY AREA SPARTAN MIDGETS
The Bay Area Spartans Football program is a progressing athletic organization dedicated to providing healthy sport activities, in a safe environment, to urban youth, between the ages of 5-14. They take pride in helping each participant develop self-worth, self-discipline, teamwork, leadership qualities, and physical fitness. In addition, they highly encourage their children to strive for the highest scholastic achievement throughout the year.
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ZOO LABS
Zoo Labs is a music accelerator located in West Oakland. They strive to be a thought leader in the Bay Area music scene, providing a gathering space for music fans through their Release Day concert series and other events. Their flagship program, the Zoo Labs Music Residency, provides music-making teams with time to focus on recording music, as well as bringing their creative minds to their business strategies through workshops with industry-leading experts.
zoolabs.org/

 

 

Read about previous Oaklandish Innovators Award winners...

 


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.

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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 community@oaklandish.com as soon as possible.
3. Within two weeks, we'll contact you concerning next steps!

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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
Bedrock
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area
The Black Hole
Breathmobile
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
Civicorps
The Crucible
Dimond Recreational Center
Downtown Oakland YMCA
East Bay Asian Youth Center
East Bay Bike Coalition
Ella Baker Center
Fever Charm
Food Shift
Glam.I.Rock
Goapele
Halftime Sports Bar
Hella Hack Oakland
Hiero Day
Hieroglyphics
HUB Oakland
Inner City Advisors
Justice Now
Kaiser Elementary
Kev Choice
Lake Merritt Garden Center
Libros Libres
Life Is Living
Los Rakas
Lungomare
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.

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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 community@oaklandish.com. 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!