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Pledge to Humanity

Inspiring Youth to Become Compassionate Changemakers through Volunteering and Service Projects

Alamo, CA   |  www.pledgetohumanity.org

Mission

Pledge to Humanity empowers our youngest generations to volunteer in efforts that improve the quality of life for children, families, and seniors in need through local and global initiatives. We believe that when children and young adults lead the effort to make a difference, their experience from inception to reflection is transformative. They grow into empathetic leaders who embrace a lifelong commitment to service. They grow into forever volunteers. At the heart of the Pledge to Humanity mission is our promise to champion these compassionate changemakers.

Ruling year info

2009

Founder/Director

Gabriela Barba-Ghorbani

Co-Founders/Co-Leaders

Arman and Natalia Ghorbani

Main address

3000 F Danville Blvd, #182

Alamo, CA 94507 USA

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EIN

32-0275845

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Pledge to Humanity empowers children and adults to volunteer to improve the quality of life for other children, families, and seniors in need through local and global initiatives. We aim to address causes, like social inequality, food scarcity, alleviating isolation among senior citizens, and providing school supplies for low-income students. We believe that when young people lead the effort to make a difference in their community, they become compassionate changemakers.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Pledge to Humanity

Pledge to Humanity partners local youth with non-profit organizations throughout the Bay Area and through global initiatives.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Homeless people
Foster and adoptive children
Out-of-home youth
Low-income people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of youth who volunteer/participate in community service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Pledge to Humanity volunteers range in age from 7-18 and attend schools throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Pledge to Humanity actively engages local student volunteers across age level to participate in local, impactful initiatives. The organization primarily works with San Francisco Bay Area organizations, including Monument Crisis Center and Covenant House, with additional support to global organizations in Mexico, Kenya, India, and Ecuador.

Since its inception 15 years ago by Gaby Ghorbani, Pledge to Humanity has brought together 100K+ student volunteers.

Pledge to Humanity envisions a world where compassionate and engaged volunteers drive positive change in their local communities and beyond. We strive to inspire a new generation of leaders who are dedicated to creating a more just and equitable world for all.

Through social media, fundraisers, events, ensembles, campaigns, and newsletters, we are able to bring awareness and bring the community together to positively affect the San Francisco East Bay. We utilize a local volunteer force of students, from elementary to high school age.

Pledge to Humanity is capable of reaching a large number of people in the community through our students groups. To date, we've had over 10K students volunteers with 450K volunteer hours. These groups are able to serve an array of people, and address various social problems, through the school year, and through the summer during international missions trips.

We measure our progress for this organization through quantifiable, impactful services within our community. Through these services listed below, Pledge to Humanity is able to see how it is making progress.

Since its inception in 2009, Locally Pledge to Humanity and its youth ambassadors have:
assembled and served over 20,000 sandwiches for local shelters;
collected and distributed over 3,00 jeans through school and community collections;
collected and distributed gently worn and new shoes, as well as Halloween costumes for local foster children;
collected and distributed hundreds of pairs of socks and thousands of pounds of candy for Blue Star Moms to send in care packages for our service men and women;
raised $7,000 for Nepal Rancho, $4,400 for Haiti, $6,560 to UNICEF and Red Cross, mainly through student fundraisers;
organized and participated in blood drives;
empowered the Stone Valley Leadership Class for the past 3 years to visit senior citizens and disabled students;
organized hundreds of 8th Grade Graduation Service Projects to serve meals at Glide Memorial as part of an all day immersion field trip;
collected and distributed over 7,000 toiletries for distribution to shelters and abroad;
written roughly 1,100 letters to soldiers over the past five years to be included in Blue Star care packages;
worked with public and private schools in the East Bay, including The Seven Hills School, Stone Valley Middle School, Monte Vista High School, San Ramon High School, Rancho Romero Elementary School, and Diablo Vista High School;
worked with local organizations including Generation Alive, The Wheelchair Foundation, Advance International Inc, The Pac-12 Conference, Raiders Football Foundation, Fremont Bank, Glide memorial Church, Moms Against Poverty, Loaves and Fishes, Families Without Borders, Blue Star Moms, and Americans for Philanthropy.

Internationally,
Since its inception in 2009, Pledge to Humanity has funded and built 28 schools in countries such as Kenya, India, and Ecuador as well as provided water wells, mobile medical units, and alternative income projects to the communities in these countries. The founder, Gaby Ghorbani, and Pledge to Humanity volunteers have visited all of these countries to ensure that the funds raised are being efficiently spent as well as to spend quality time with the people in the villages who are in need of support. Additionally, Pledge to Humanity has spearheaded community development projects in Mexico, Haiti, and China to help individuals and families living in extreme poverty.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Pledge to Humanity

Board of directors
as of 03/22/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Carrie Barlow

Pledge to Humanity

Term: 2022 - 2025

Natalia Ghorbani

Carrie Barlow

Beth Needel

Maggie Oetgen

Rebecca Breen

Francisco de Bocos

Ann Wright

Janet Wilford

Gaby Ghorbani

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/22/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/30/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.