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We make donations an integral part of our business model. World Centric currently gives a minimum of 25% of our annual profits to grassroots community projects around the world to promote economic development, education, and self-sufficiency.  

Cash Donations

World Centric’s cash donations are targeted in 4 areas that align with our vision, mission and our local community.
1.) Environmental Education: We believe that education is the most powerful tool we have for shifting from a throw-a-way culture to one of sustainable, conscious living.
2.) Reducing Waste: World Centric’s zero waste solutions are a step in the right direction, but our planet is already plagued by pollution.  We fund organizations seeking to limit consumption, waste, and its impacts.
 3.) Social & Economic Development: Our donations have the power to create a more environmentally sustainable and economically viable way of life for communities in the developing world.
 4.) Petaluma and Sonoma County, CA: We support organizations that are striving to strengthen the environment and economy in which our headquarters is based and our employees live. 

Donations & Discounts: 2012-2015

In 2014 our cash donations went to:

20 Liters

This non-profit wants to make clean water a reality—20 Liters at a time—in one of the world’s most underserved areas: Sub-Saharan Africa. To do this, they developed a partnership with World Relief Rwanda, leveraging their expertise at mobilizing local churches and teaching water hygiene to school-aged children. They also developed solutions specifically for those along the Nyabarongo River. And they develop methods to empower locals to be the ones leading the change. They’re making dirty water clean.


SOPUDEP (Society of Providence United for the Economic Development of Petion-Ville) is a Haitian founded and run grassroots organization located in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  SOPUDEP’s focus is on providing accessible education to adults and children, supporting children’s and women’s rights, and creating programs of economic empowerment for members of their community. They also work closely with other local organizations to help them achieve these same goals in other communities that face economic and social challenges.


Friends of the Petaluma River

Friends of the Petaluma River is dedicated to celebrating and conserving the Petaluma River, its wetlands and its wildlife.  Its outreach and educational activities foster enthusiasm and commitment in the watershed for long term sustainability stewardship.

People for Progress in India (PPI)

PPI is a Seattle-based, volunteer-run non-profit organization that supports development work in India. PPI was founded on the concept that, help to under-privileged should go beyond conventional charity. PPI has been guided by the following goals:
· To fund programs that make people and communities self-sustained through co-operative s, low interest loans, vocational training, small-scale industries, etc
· Promote innovative programs that remove the obstacles faced by marginalized communities
· Promote sustainable and organic farming techniques; Training farmers on improving efficiency
· To maximize the effect of money by working directly with local organizations and volunteers and maintaining constant contact with them
· To encourage new ideas that involve people participation in such issues as environmental awareness, forestation, etc.

One project World Centric provided funding for was the completion of Pragathi Orphanage.  The orphanage houses over 113 children between the ages of 5-16. It was opened in 2002 on 3.5 acres of donated land in India. In 2011 they began construction to seperate the boys and girls living quarters. World Centric financed the completion of this project as the dust from uncomplete rennovations was becoming a health hazard. 

Power of Love Foundation

POL funds and runs projects in Zambia, and India targeted toward helping women and children infected/affected with HIV/AIDS.  Their mission is to (1) To ensure no child is born infected with HIV and (2) care for HIV positive infants and children so they can live close to normal and productive lives.  Their vision is a world where the AIDS epidemic is in continuous retreat, and people living with HIV have access to loving care and treatment in an environment free of stigma and discrimination.

World Centric works with POL to provide long lasting insecticide treated nets and education on prevention of malaria to children and families vulnerable to malaria in Zambia. 

Green Schools Initiative

GSI works to transform schools into models of sustainability for communities, engaging youth in hands-on, inquiry-based learning and action to improve the health and sustainability of facilities and operations. They advocate for policies, action plans, and professional development that foster high performance, cost-efficient, and academically excellent schools. 

World Centric funded GSI's Zero Waste School Events Guide and Buying Guide.

Sonder Farms

At Sonder Farms, they believe that changing the course of our future, the economy, the environment, even our own happiness begins with a single meal. The farms mission is to:
1: Educate our communities on the importance of diet, nutrition, and sustainable agriculture.
2: Provide meaningly work, equal chances, living wages, housing and a chance for promoting meaningful opportunities for personal/economic growth.
3: Create a community that is inherently safe, secure, and loving for all to belong.

Social Advocates for Youth

SAY provides support, opportunities and hope to children, youth and families. They are dedicated to creating and supporting a caring community where all children, youth and families grow, thrive and succeed.  Their programs cover housing, counseling, and jobs.

Green Ninja

The Green Ninja Project is an educational initiative to inspire interest in the science and solutions associated with our changing climate. Adventures of the Green Ninja – a superhero – are told in a youth-oriented and humorous way, but grounded in science and data. Related educational materials are used to support teachers in the classroom and promote hands-on learning experiences for students.  Green Ninja is a collaborative project out of San Jose State University.

Three Stone Hearth

Three Stone Hearth has pioneered the development of a unique business model as a community supported kitchen. Their model combines community-scale food preparation with an emphasis on local, seasonal, healthy, natural and whole foods purchased directly from sustainable producers in the region. In addition to providing meals for pick-up or bicycle delivery and a pathway to ownership for all staff, they also offer educational programs on nutrition, health, and their business model and philosophy.

Turning Green

Turning Green is a student led global movement devoted to education and advocacy around environmentally sustainable and socially responsible choices for individuals, schools, and communities. TTG seeks to engage youth in the transition from conventional to conscious living, by informing, inspiring, and mobilizing action to sustain a healthy, just and thriving planet.

Additional donations to:

Redwood Gospel Mission-Food for the Hungry 
San Francisco Mime Troupe
Solid Ground
South Bay Sanctuary Covenant
Surf Rider 
Petaluma Community Foundation
Petaluma Wildlife Museum
10,000 Degrees
5 Gyres Institute
American Cancer Society
Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation
Create Plenty
East Bay SPCA
El Sol, Jupiter's Neighborhood Resource Center
Environmental Protection Information Center
Friends of the Environment
Grateful Heart Holistic Therapy Center 
Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids 
Jubilee USA Network
Kindred Spirits Care Farm, Inc.

In 2013 our cash donations went to:

In 2012 our cash donations went to:

In 2011 our cash donations went to:

In 2010 we gave to:

In 2009 we gave to PPI, OTEPIC, Solar Maasai Rural Photovoltaics and Grid Alternatives.

In-Kind Donations

World Centric makes thousands of dollars in direct product donations to dozens of worthy organizations working to serve their communities in the U.S. and Canada. Soup kitchens, peace organizations, and grassroot social/enviromental groups are just some of the organizations that received products for official functions.

Product Discounts

Under our unique product discount programs, we provide schools and other nonprofits with our compostable foodservice product lines at a discount. We want to give organizations working in public service a chance to make their operations greener by offering a discount to charities and K-12 schools.


School Lunch Trays Program

All over the country, many schools persist in using unsustainable lunch trays made from Styrofoam or expanded polystyrene (EPS), exposing our children to polluting and potentially toxic materials.  For example, New York City public schools  use 4 million EPS lunch trays a week. That’s 850,000 trays every day! Stacked together, you’d have a wall of trays 30 feet high by 75 feet long, five days a week.

World Centric offers accredited K-12 schools in the U.S. and Canada our durable, certified compostable 5-compartment cafeteria trays for the price we pay.  Made from agricultural waste like wheat straw or bagasse, our trays are a healthy, non-toxic addition to any school lunch program.

Partner Organizations

World Centric invites you to learn more about the good works being carried out by our partner organizations. Our local partners are solutions-oriented, working to create positive change by building pathways to sustainable livelihoods. We look forward to further developing our community giving programs as we expand our continually-growing customer base, made up of caring individuals like you.

People for Progress in India (PPI)

People for Progress in India (PPI), is a volunteer-run organization for sustainable development, based in Seattle, with overhead expenses held at 5% or less of their annual budget. PPI enables grassroots projects that significantly impact the socio-economic conditions of marginalized rural families across India, often for under $3,000 per year, per project.Some of the inspiring work carried out by PPI in 2009 includes

Bio-Sand Water Purification (Land for Tillers' Freedom (LAFTI), Tamil Nadu, India)

Water-borne illnesses are the second leading cause of childhood mortality in India, with dysentery also being common. Stove fuel shortages are on the rise and so sterilizing water by boiling has become less of a viable option. PPI helped setup the fabrication of the bio-sand water filters, a virtually maintenance-free filtration system that costs less than $10 per filter.

Bio-sand filters purify drinking water by removing particulates; 99% of pathogens; and 60% of metals like manganese, iron and arsenic at a rate of about one liter per minute. Bio-sand filters were also installed at local clinics, schools and area youth hostels.

Kitchen Gardens for Rural Women (Karnatak Health Institute (KHI), Karnataka, India)

Educating and training rural women is an important way toward healthier and more self-sustaining communities. PPI's grassroots partner KHI launched a successful kitchen garden project that supports 100 rural Indian women through the construction of farm ponds, organic composting sites, and the training of nearby villagers on organic farming methods. The new gardens are now an important source of food and self-reliance for villagers and the KHI hospital.

OTEPIC – Biodynamic Farming in Kenya

Over the last 30 years, the number of people in Africa facing malnourishment nearly doubled. In Kenya, more than 18.5 million people are in dire need of assistance following four consecutive poor rainy seasons amounting to the worst drought in that country’s history. The drought in turn is causing food insecurity, hunger and disease to rise.  Organic Technology Extension and Promotion of Initiative Centre (OTEPIC), is a grassroots organization that works with hundreds of collaborating poor farmers, especially women, in Kenya’s Western North Rift. Developing local capacity to grow food and maintain livestock are crucial to helping families become self-sufficient during this crisis and eventually move toward earning an extra income. Trainings cover biodynamic and organic farming for increasing soil fertility, crop diversification, and technologies for increasing yield.

Solar Maasai Project – Rural Photovoltaics

In September 2009, the Solar Maasai Project began construction on a solar-powered photovoltaic (PV) electrical system for an off-grid schoolhouse, Empruken Primary in Enoosaen, Kenya. World Centric supported the 5-kW Solar Maasai Project with a $1,500 contribution. When the lights came on, sundown was “postponed” for the first time in that part of the world. The PV systems render unnecessary the expensive and unhealthy kerosene lamps most families are forced to use. The solar power station now provides electricity to classrooms, a laptop charging station, a fee-based cell phone charging station, and refrigeration units holding vital vaccines.

Grid Alternatives

World Centric also contributed $5,000 in 2009 to California-based GRID Alternatives, which brings the power of energy efficiency and solar electricity to low-income homeowners. GRID Alternatives manages the Single-family Affordable Solar Homes Program for the California Public Utilities Commission. This program provides low-income homeowners with access to PV systems. The effect is two-fold: decreasing electricity usage and increasing local green-job opportunities. World Centric staffers joined other GRID Alternatives volunteers in Solarthon 2009, shown here.