Swell Collective


San Luis Rey, CA   |
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Swell Collective

EIN: 81-4648282


OUR MISSION IS TO INSPIRE, EQUIP AND AMPLIFY CHANGE-AGENTS. The mission of our organization is to serve change-agents and leaders from marginalized communities using a positive-sum approach. The Swell Collective’s means to achieve our mission are: to inspire change-agents with real world examples of positive sum practice by curating, producing and broadcasting stories of what is going right at the intersection of differences, to equip and coach them with the knowledge and growth opportunities to become mindful

Ruling year info


Chief Executive Officer

Emily Gonzales

Chief Financial Officer

Mica Hashimoto

Main address

PO Box 158

San Luis Rey, CA 92068 USA

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Subject area info

Equal opportunity in education

Community mental health care

Leadership development

Social enterprise

Diversity and intergroup relations

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Population served info


Indigenous peoples

Multiracial people

Economically disadvantaged people

People with disabilities

NTEE code info

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms



Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We serve the intersectional communities that have been historically oppressed. The marginalized, the outcasts, and the disenfranchised are our people. No longer minorities, we are the new majority building our new reality together. We inspire, equip and amplify change agents. We dismantle oppression from the ground up and from the inside out. By investing peer support and capacity building resources into our communities, we accelerate our emergence into a positive-sum future. Together we bend the arc of history towards justice and ensure our collective liberation becomes reality.

Our programs

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

Swell School

Online learning for new wave leaders.

Swell School offers transformational curriculum curated and created by intersectional change-agents, thought leaders, and influencers spanning the disciplines of activism, technology and resilience.

Swell School is a community of learners and teachers dedicated to sharing and growing wisdom and being the change they seek to see in the world.

Population(s) Served

Building organizations committed to positive social change means committing to respectfully collaborate with the communities we serve. Collaboration doesn’t come naturally. All of us have been acculturated to the habits of competition. We know cooperation and collaboration are how we can work best together but we still fall into the traps of the competitive mindset.

We try to create intentionally diverse organizations and then we can’t figure out how to grow through conflict. We get defensive when called out. We ignore the emotional toll of the constant onslaught of seeing communities in pain. Then we squander our precious time with one another with unproductive meetings and superficial conversations at best, intractable conflict and the perpetuation of oppression at worst. All of these are solvable problems.

RELATIONSHIP BUILDING: A global perspective of the networks and communities of stakeholders your work resides in. Mindful attention to that social capital and treating it as the valuable resource that it is. Deep understanding and respect of community perspectives, needs and interests.

REAL TALK ABOUT POWER: Healthy dialogue that leads to stronger, thriving relationships. A shared understanding of the dynamics of power and a shared commitment to use that power as fuel for positive change, not as a weapon against one another.

PROCESS FACILITATION: Facilitation of deep dialogue and collaborative process. Guides by the side whose expertise is in the design of interactive and engaging experiences grounded in the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion.

CENTERING WELLNESS: Many who are called to this work are empathetic and finely tuned to the needs of others. We often find ourselves centering the well being of those we serve before our own. We must flip this script. In order to sustain lasting change, we need to heal ourselves.

Population(s) Served

Peer coaching and accountability with a community of new wave leaders.
Ever feel like you would thrive with the support and structure of some regular check-ins with a community of your peers in making positive-change? Looking for a group that understands the struggles of representing marginalized communities while doing change work? Maybe you are approaching burn-out and feel like you need to recommit to your self-care and remind yourself of your own goals and dreams? Do you believe in the power of collaboration to accelerate and amplify good work? The Collective may be for you.

We connect change-makers all over the nation for coaching and mentorship from our peers in community organizing and social entrepreneurship. We use our collective and community power to access deep discounts on software and services all change-agents need. We keep each other accountable and we make shift happen.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Swell Collective
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Swell Collective

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Swell Collective

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Chief Executive Officer

Emily Gonzales

Emily Gonzales, is Executive Director of the Swell Collective, whose mission is to invest the tools and skills of conscious collaboration, ethical exercise of power & privilege, and resilience & self-care directly into the hands of those working towards and dreaming of peaceful, diverse communities. She holds a graduate degree from the University of Hawaii in Communications and is a certified yoga instructor. A 15 year veteran trainer and facilitator, she collaborates across differences regularly in Oceanside, CA with her USMC husband and 6 year old daughter. Certified yoga instructor. Academic researcher of communication in socio-technical systems. Facilitator and trainer applying the themes of radical collaboration, Emily is passionate about empowering individuals and communities to capitalize on their assets in order to leverage challenge into opportunity. Innovation and community building can come out of crises. Out of ashes rises the phoenix.

Chief Financial Officer

Mica Hashimoto

Wellness warrior & logistics geek keeping financial objectives in focus and aiding in the operational constitution of the the Swell Collective organization. Having over 12 years experience as a construction contract/project administrator has provided Mica ample occasions to work with clients in the private residential/commercial and local and national government arenas. It has also afforded her the ability to play a pivotal role in helping people learn and implement conscious communication tools. This helped to bolster her practice as a certified Reiki Master Teacher and as such, she has been able to engage a broader range of individuals who are seeking purposeful change in their lives and in our communities near and far.

Swell Collective

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 11/13/2023
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Board co-chair

Emily Gonzales

Board co-chair

Mica Hashimoto

Kris DeLano

Karen May

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
  • 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 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 11/13/2023

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
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Decline to state
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person with a disability

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Transgender Identity

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/25/2022

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

  • 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 analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.