Looking to make a difference in your community? Look into nonprofit work for a chance to make a positive impact on the people around you. Working for a nonprofit will push you to be creative, and offers the opportunity to take on a range of experiences you wouldn’t experience otherwise.

To get you inspired, here are the top 27 best nonprofits to work for in the San Francisco Bay Area. Be sure to follow their business to be notified of upcoming job openings!

1. Larkin Street Youth Services

On any given night, more than 1,300 young people find themselves homeless in San Francisco. Larkin Street offers comprehensive services, from emergency shelter to supportive housing, healthcare, education and employment, as well as health and wellness to young people experiencing homelessness. 

Their nationally recognized service model is changing lives: three out of four youth who complete their housing programs exit homelessness! 

2. Hamilton Families

Hamilton Families is San Francisco’s leading service provider to families experiencing homelessness, with carefully designed programs to prevent homelessness, provide shelter and stability, return families to permanent housing, and support the well-being of children experiencing homelessness.

3. San Francisco-Marin Food Bank

The San Francisco-Marin Food Bank’s mission is to end hunger in San Francisco and Marin and they envision a community where everyone is can have enough nutritious food to support their health and well-being.

4. Resource Development Associates

Although Resource Development Associates is privately-held, RDA is dedicated to helping public and non-profit agencies continually improve their efforts to serve their clients. Their ultimate goal is to improve the welfare of the disenfranchised, especially those living in low-income communities.

5. ZogSports

Although Zogsports is privately-owned, it is worth considering in this list. ZogSports donates a portion of all proceeds to charity and helps participants "Play For Your Cause" through charitable donations to winning teams’ charities of choice.

6. Conservation Society of California

Not only is the Conservation Society of California the leader in employing youth from their community, but they are also the third largest zoo in California! In particular, the Oakland Zoo is recognized for their elephant care program and for their Leed-certified, 17,000 square foot, state-of-the-art veterinary hospital.


7. Contra Costa ARC

As an employee of Contra Costa ARC, you will join a team of people, and an organization, that has a mission. They are there to meet the needs of children and adults with disabilities so that they can reach their goals and realize their dreams.

8. La Casa de las Madres

The mission of La Casa de las Madres is to respond to calls for help from domestic violence victims, of all ages, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

9. DABS, Inc.

DABS, Inc.'s mission is to provide adults who have developmental disabilities a dignified and respectful experience of living with support in the community.

10. STAND! For Families Free of Violence

STAND! For Families Free of Violence is a catalyst for breaking the multi-generational cycle of violence, promoting safe and strong relationships, and rebuilding lives. Founded in 1977, STAND! serves all of Contra Costa County with prevention, intervention, and treatment services.

11. Aspire Education Project

Aspire Education Project is now the only non-profit tutoring and educational services organization in the East Bay and fights for preK-12 educational equity with the highest quality services available.

12. Bayview Hunters Point Foundation

The Foundation has been managing multiple locations, programs, and services from its Core Programs to Partner Programs for the past 40 years; and it continues to adapt its programs and services to the changing community issues.

13. Bay Area Community Services

Bay Area Community Services provides an array of behavioral health and housing services for teens, adults, older adults, and their families. Their vision is a world where everyone is healthy, safe, and engaged in community wellness.

14. Bay Area Children's Association

The Bay Area Children's Association (BACA) is a non-profit dedicated to advocacy, research and innovative mental health treatment using technology and other available resources.

15. Creekside School

Creekside School is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) nonpublic and private school serving students with autism in 1st-12th grade. They are on a mission to improve quality of life for students and their families.

16. Kahlon Family Services and School

KFS SCHOOL is a Nonprofit Organization serving children in San Francisco and the Bay Area Community. The school’s mission every day is working as hard as we can to bring Quality Education to all children with learning or behavioral needs.

17. Not In Our Town

Not In Our Town (NIOT) is a movement to stop hate, address bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities for all. Their unique approach combines documentary storytelling with on-the-ground training, social media, and organizing tools to help local leaders build vibrant, diverse cities and towns, where everyone can participate.

18. East Bay Innovations

Established in 1994, East Bay Innovations (EBI) is a non-profit organization that supports people with disabilities to live on their own, work in competitive employment settings, and become empowered to make choices, take risks, and advocate for the resources they need to live as independently as possible.

19. Fred Finch Youth Center

Fred Finch Youth Center seeks to provide innovative, effective services supporting children, youth, young adults, and families to heal from trauma and lead healthier, more productive lives.

20. Youth Food Project

Youth Food Project (YFP) is a non-profit initiative that uses local food as a pathway to educational and employment outcomes. They bring together locally-owned food businesses, public education institutions, & non-profits to empower and educate systems-impacted youth in the Bay Area.

21. Peninsula Family Services

More than six decades ago, Peninsula Family Service—then known as the Family Service Agency of San Mateo County—was created to strengthen and maintain local families.

22. Community School of Music and Arts

Founded in 1968, the Community School of Music and Arts is Northern California's largest non-profit provider of arts education programs. With a $5 million budget and 160-member staff and faculty, CSMA is one of the ten largest community schools in the United States.

23. Peninsula Humane Society

PHS/SPCA is a private, independent, non-profit. The scope of their services goes beyond that of a so-called no-kill, or limited admission facility as an open-door shelter, PHS/SPCA accepts all animals brought to us, regardless of age, breed or size.

24. JCYC

JCYC College Access Programs connect historically underserved youth with comprehensive and culturally competent college access services.

25. Community Music Center

Community Music Center was founded in 1921, with the mission of making music accessible to all people, regardless of their financial status.

26. Blueprint Schools Network

Blueprint is a national nonprofit organization that partners with states, districts, and schools to promote educational equity and improve life outcomes for students.

27. Global Footprint Network

In 2003, Global Footprint Network, a 501c (3) nonprofit organization, was established to enable a sustainable future where all people have the opportunity to live satisfying lives within the means of one planet.

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