Omakase's March pick for awesome and worthy nonprofit is:
Watsi enables anyone to donate as little as $5 to fund life-changing healthcare directly for people in need. One hundred percent of every donation funds medical care, and Watsi is dedicated to complete transparency.
In just over a year, Watsi has raised nearly $1 million dollars to fund healthcare for over 1,300 of patients in 16 countries. And, bonus, they were the first non-profit to join Y Combinator!
Our Curated Non-profits
- Stop the illegal smuggling of wild animals for pets.
- Support the development of green technology.
- Develop a recycling program.
Ft. Collins, CO — Founded 1998What they do
Aiding indigenous communities on reservations in the United States, and throughout Central America (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua), and in Haiti. Trees, Water & People improves people's lives by helping communities to protect, conserve and manage the natural resources upon which their long-term well-being depends. In the U.S., they provide solar heaters and green job training on Native American reservations across the Great Plains. In Latin America, they partner with local organizations to build clean cookstoves, distribute solar lighting products, and plant trees.Population served
Vulnerable groups in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and EuropeWhy you’ll love them
"Anyone in tech should be impressed not only by the green technology they provide, but by their conviction that a hand up is better than a hand out. Donors are not purchasing goods to be handed out to people in need. Instead, donors are subsidizing product purchases so local entrepreneurs can grow their businesses and also provide a highly desirable commodity otherwise entirely unavailable to rural, indigenous families."
- Support the development of a new vaccine.
- Pay for a cleft palate repair.
- Distribute mosquito nets to prevent malaria.
San Francisco, CA — Founded 2011What they do
Empower local health workers and patients through low-cost mobile platforms to improve the efficiency of health services.Focus population
Underserved and disconnected communities in 16 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin AmericaWhy you’ll love them
"The CEO, Josh Nesbit, is unbelievably busy, and yet incredible forthcoming with information and transparent about Medic Mobile’s work. He recently sat me down to discuss their design and implementation of randomized-controlled studies and 5 trials that will be completed this year, which focus on improving prenatal care, diabetes management, and childhood immunization. Medic Mobil’s deep attention to impact measurement and transparency makes them stand out. Any organization that consistently questions its own mission (whether or not technology -- when used in a specific way -- truly improves health) should be supported."
San Francisco, CA — Founded 2012What they do
Enable anyone to fund life-changing medical care for people in need.Focus population
More than 1,300 patients in 16 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America.Why you?ll love them
"This is such an incredibly simple concept (crowdfunded health care) that everyone can get on board. And the founder, Chase Adam, is undeniably charming, scary smart, and exactly who you want in charge of a nonprofit organization. In fact, I never asked a question that Chase couldn't answer immediately. The true wow aspect, however, of Watsi is the company's transparency. EVERYTHING is online: records of patients, health care partners, and company financials."
- Sponsor a middle-school girl’s education.
- Teach inner city youth to program.
- Connect military vets to new careers.
San Francisco, CA — Founded 2005What they do
Provide affordable commercial kitchen space, industry-specific technical assistance, and access to market opportunities for low-income food entrepreneurs who want to formalize and grow their businesses.Focus population
Primarily women from communities of color and immigrant communitiesWhy you’ll love them
"Anyone who loves great food and entrepreneurship should know about La Cocina. Every time I visit their kitchen, I see people extremely focused on their craft, but I also hear laughter and jokes flying in multiple languages. Many of the women likely would have sold streetfood in their home countries to earn money. Due to health regulations here in the U.S., they can’t. La Cocina not only provides a certified industrial kitchen, but they are an incubator where selected participants take business, marketing, and accounting classes. The comprehensiveness they provide is unlike anything I’ve seen."
- Help residents understand their city’s confusing housing ordinances and draft a clearer version.
- Support a shelter for women who have experienced domestic violence.
- Give to a sports program for at-risk youth.
San Francisco, CA — Founded 2009What they do
Help local governments become more open, efficient, and responsive. Connect the talents of cutting-edge web developers with people who deliver city services and want to embrace the transformative power of the web to achieve more impact with less money.Population served
80 cities in the U.S, plus Argentina and Finland. 3000+ technologistsWhy you’ll love them
"The energy in the Code for America’s office during the week when new fellows are trained is intense. It’s amazing to know that so many tech people are taking some time, foregoing their high salaries, and diving in to help fix the civic problems the rest of us just complain about. You can even go to their website to see some of the apps built and deploy them in your own community."