A couple weeks back, I was at a government contracting meeting at the Los Angeles City Hall. Due to lovely LA traffic and scheduling, I didn’t have time for lunch #ABitPeckish. Fearing I would have to sit through a 3-hour meeting without sustenance, I heard wonderful news of a diner downstairs. I rushed down and found Homeboy Diner! It was a savior to my stomach and to the others attendees #HungryDeeterIsAViolentDeeter! I thought the name sounded very familiar and after some quick iPhone stalking, I discovered they’re connected to Homeboy Industries. About a month prior I had met with Youness Scally, executive director for Everybody Solar. During our meeting, he mentioned that his company was doing a project for Homeboy Industries in LA.
Everybody Solar is an excellent organization that’s worth checking out! They give nonprofits free solar electric systems! How? Crowdfunding!!! Crowdfunding allows many individuals to contribute whatever amount they choose to a project. Some contribute five dollars, others five thousand, but every donation moves the project closer to reality. Usually, crowdfunding rewards donors for their gifts. For example, five dollars may get you thank you card, while five grand entitles you to a free manatee #DannyIsForSale. Everybody Solar is great at what they do and hold many events for every project. They also make sure to have fun while fundraising during special events!
For the Homeboy Industries project, Everybody Solar is taking their fundraising to a new level. They’ve partnered with Trapdoor Social, an alternative rock band, so fans can visit PledgeMusic and receive various rewards for their contributions. AND AND AND 100% of the proceeds go to the project. #AwesomeSauce
So, what is Homeboy Industries?
Our goal: To help former gang members redirect their lives and become contributing members of their families and our community. Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention program in the nation and has become a model for other organizations and cities.
Homeboy Industries is a great asset to the LA community, but they also have lots of expenses! In an ideal world, 100% of nonprofit proceeds would go toward their mission. Unfortunately, that’s not reality. Hardworking administrators need compensation, charitable work requires supplies, and operating offices is expensive. This is why solar is a great gift to nonprofits. Everybody Solar plans to raise about $20,000 for an 8.9 kW solar installation on Homeboy Industries’ roof. This will save them about $3,000 every year!
ecoSolargy is about to launch our own program to give solar to nonprofits. Why? Because the initial donation means far more than $20,000 to the recipient. It reduces their operating costs for at least 25 years. The initial $20,000 equals $75,000 in savings over the system’s life! Electricity prices are always rising and nonprofits don’t want electricity bills to keep them from their mission. Do we want to corner the nonprofit market? Sure. But more than that, we’d love everyone to give!
What else is awesome about donating solar? Well, it’s great for the environment; it’s a renewable, non-polluting source of electricity. If you’re interested in giving the gift of solar, give to PledgeMusic and get a CD (or Manatee)!
If you’re a nonprofit, own your own building, and have locations in Los Angeles, Orange, or San Diego County, give us a ring. (877-808-4213) Or, fill out our contact form (be sure to mention you’re a nonprofit) and TweeterDeeter will contact you himself! And when you call, ask for TweeterDeeter…it’ll be hilarious!
The Sierra Club’s My Generation is also supporting this project.