When Vincent mentioned that he was writing a blog about the three nonprofits we support, frankly, I was hesitant to publish the blog. My parents held fast to the notion that we were to donate our time and money and never speak about our philanthropic donations. They believed it was about doing the good work and not getting the accolades.
It took Vincent years to convince me to put a small label on each bag of coffee explaining that we donate a percentage of sales to three separate nonprofits from the sale of those particular coffees. Placing the label on the coffee bags felt a wee bit like breaking the rules ingrained in me since I was a young girl.
This is Vincent’s blog and I am so very thankful he took the time to convince me that we needed to speak about our social entrepreneurship and help promote the three wonderful nonprofits, especially now, as challenges abound, for non profits. I do believe we can change the world, if we want to, we just have to go out there and do it, and occasionally talk about it too.
Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation / Astral Blend Coffee
Dr. Susan Love, MD, MBA has dedicated her professional life to the eradication of breast cancer. As Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, she oversees an active research program centered on breast cancer cause and prevention. She was also a Clinical Professor of Surgery at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.
She has worked as a surgeon, was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the National Cancer Advisory Board, works as an Adjunct Professor of Surgery at UCLA, and has overcome leukemia.
The Santa Barbara Breast Cancer Research Institute was renamed the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation for her visionary work.
The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation challenges the status quo to end breast cancer and improve the lives of people impacted through education and advocacy. Fast, flexible, and project-based, the Foundation actively engages the public in scientific research to ensure that it produces accurate and meaningful results.
Photo pouring Weaver’s Astral Blend Coffee at the LOVE WALK
The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation leads multiple projects, but perhaps their most noteworthy is the Army of Women. The Army of Women’s goal is to recruit women, non-binary, and men who have or are at high risk of breast cancer and give them access to connect to research studies. With the Army of Women, scientists who usually have a hard time finding research participants are connected directly and research can be done quicker and more effectively.
Weaver's Astral Blend Coffee is sweet, smooth, and sassy with a nice earthy finish. This coffee is 100% Fair Trade Certified and Certified Organic. When you purchase this coffee, not only are you supporting global farmers and their lives, but you are also giving back by supporting breast cancer research, funding for local hospitals and community organizations that provide breast health education, breast cancer screening, and treatment.
Black Girls Code / Hakrz Delight Coffee
Kimberly Bryant is an electrical engineer and has worked in biotech for over twenty years. She started Black Girls Code after her daughter Kai went to a summer camp and complained to her mom that not only was the girl’s camp given less attention, but she was the only African American girl at the camp.
Photo Courtesy of Black Girls Code
Black Girls Code gives young and pre-teen women of color the opportunity to become the “Girl Scouts of Technology”.
Black Girls Code Vision: To increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology. To provide African American youth with skills to occupy some of the 1.4 million computing job openings expected to be available in the U.S. by 2020, and to train 1 million girls by 2040.
Their mission is to introduce programming and technology to a new generation of coders, coders who will become builders of technological innovation and of their own futures. This organization helps empower young women to embrace the current tech marketplace by becoming builders and creators.
In 2013, BGC was teaching students and hosting workshops in seven states as well as South Africa.
With COVID-19, BGC has switched to an online platform. They are still hosting events and workshops such as “Create Your Own App” and “Create a Video Game”.
You can sign up via their Eventbrite page:
People who work in computer programming need some serious coffee to keep them going. Our Hackers Delight Coffee makes for a remarkably rich, and complex cup. The Certified Organic Natural Ethiopian bean mixed into this delicious coffee leaves a lingering note of blueberry in your mouth, and the best part is that a percentage of sales goes to Black Girls Code.
Photo Courtesy of Vincent Distrola - Hakrz Delight Coffee
San Francisco AIDS Foundation / Pride Blend Coffee
San Francisco AIDS Foundation was founded in 1982, during the start of the HIV and AIDS epidemic when the disease was still not fully understood.
Photo Courtesy of San Francisco AIDS Foundation
Today, San Francisco AIDS Foundation is one of the largest community-based AIDS organizations in the United States. Their mission is to promote health, wellness, and social justice for communities most impacted by HIV, through sexual health and substance use services, advocacy, and community partnerships.
San Francisco AIDS Foundation has a huge number of programs and resources that they offer to support the community. SFAF continues their amazing work by connecting and are offering a wide variety of their in-person community events online despite COVID-19. A full list of their events and how to register can be found on their website:
One of my favorite parts of working in our San Francisco Flagship is when June arrives filling the streets with tourists from all over the world.
Our Weaver’s Coffee & Tea Flagship is located in the heart of the Castro District, which is famous for being the center of gay, lesbian, and transgender rights. When June rolls around, our store is packed, and we serve people who are in search of some really good coffee and tea. During the month of June, we pour our Pride Blend Coffee both on tap as a hot drip coffee, as an espresso drink and a cold brew. This coffee is special because every time someone buys a pound of Pride Blend Coffee, we donate a percentage of sales to San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
Our Pride Blend is diverse, complex and truly addictive. Comprised of multiple coffees sourced along the equatorial belt which carefully hand-roasted in separate temperature roasts and then hand-blended to create a coffee that has a smooth, rich, mouth feel, light floral and berry overtones, with a blissful nutmeg-like earthiness finish.
Five Ways to Support Nonprofits
- Donate directly to the nonprofit.
- Volunteer your time by signing up and working with the nonprofit.
- Spread the word! If you like what a local nonprofit is doing, take advantage of your social media.
- Buy products that donate proceeds to them.
Our Artisan Coffee for a Cause Program offers three unique coffees and a percentage of sales are sent to each of these nonprofits in California.
- Like and share their social media posts and videos on to your social media feeds to spread the word about the work that the nonprofit is doing.
Dr. Susan Love Foundation
How Black Girls Code Created The Girl Scouts of Tech, Interview May 3 2019
San Francisco AIDS Foundation