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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.

If you would like to reach out to Oaklandish for help with a donation, sponsorship or partnership of any kind, please fill out our OAKLANDISH COMMUNITY FORM. A community coordinator will follow up with you within two weeks.

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.

Town Kitchen

The Town Kitchen, was started with one goal in mind: to create a community through local food, one where low-income Oakland's youth are able to shine. The Town Kitchen specifically engages local youth with significant barriers to employment and education, and introduces them to the world of culinary arts. Kids in the program work with talented chefs and gain experience in food delivery services that allow them to thrive in the fields of business, technology, and workforce development. The Town Kitchen is shifting the way in which people engage with food and commerce, while celebrating values of humanity, creativity, social justice, and collaboration.

The Hidden Genius Project

The Hidden Genius Project applies a targeted universalism approach to provide holistic support and technology training to under-served male youth in Oakland. The Hidden Genius Project’s intensive programs provide nearly two years of training and mentorship to high school students in software development and design, entrepreneurial thinking, and a variety of life and leadership skills sure to help the students long after their time with The Hidden Genius Project. The Hidden Genius Project also hosts short-term catalyst programs, for boys of color aged 11-17 years old. These specific programs provide youth the opportunity to spark interest and gain exposure to relevant skills and careers within the technology landscape.

Youth Alive!

Youth ALIVE! trains teens to lead violence prevention workshops with younger students, hiring young adults to work with youth who are hospitalized and recovering from violent injuries, urging them not to retaliate against their attackers. In the immediate aftermath of a homicide, they also provide crisis response and support for familes and friends to promote healing and to calm tensions. In addition, Youth ALIVE! advocates for sensible policies that reduce gun, gang, family, and dating violence. Through the last 20 years, Youth Alive! has trained over 900 young people in Oakland and Los Angeles to be peer educators for over 45k teens.


The purpose of Community Education Partnerships (CEP) is to provide educational support to homeless children in the Bay Area. The primary function of the community-based organization is to recruit and train volunteers to provide high-quality academic tutoring for homeless children in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. CEP recruits and trains volunteers to provide high-quality, individualized one-on-one academic tutoring and mentoring for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade homeless students. CEP provides all of its students with grade-appropriate backpacks, school supplies, and books throughout the school year. Additionally, CEP offers opportunities for Bay Area homeless students to participate in extra-curricular enrichment activities like field trips, summer reading clubs, family reading nights, and back to school nights.


As of Monday, September 12th, 2016, the nomination window for the 2017 Innovator Awards is officially open! To nominate a local organization for the 2017 Oaklandish Innovators Awards fill out our online nomination form and for more information on the 2017 Innovator nomination process, read here.

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. Donation requests must be submitted at least three weeks before the desired pickup date. Please fill out our OAKLANDISH COMMUNITY FORM to request a donation.

Recipients of Oaklandish donations and sponsorships 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 OAKLANDISH COMMUNITY 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!