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A Call to Courage and Action

We invite you to become part of our Waking Up Courage community. In the face of increasing bullying and cyberbullying, children need us now more than ever. Your actions, advocacy and support will empower a generation of young people to stand up and speak up when they see intolerance and injustice.

Community Matters is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and as such, all donations to Community Matters are tax-deductible.


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Leave a Legacy

In addition to cash donations, there are many other ways that you can support Community Matters. You may consider stocks, bonds, life insurance or charitable trusts. It is easy to leave a legacy; it is your gift that ensures future safe schools and bullying prevention programs for our children.  Please contact our Development Manager, Mary Hotaling, 707.823.6159 x 110 or by email:

A Success Story from a Donor

CEO and founder of Abacus Wealth Partners in
Sebastopol, CA, Spencer Sherman believes in
reinvesting wealth into worthy causes.

Since 2005, Spencer has been sponsoring the
Safe School Ambassadors® (SSA) program in
numerous schools across the country,one being
his alma mater, Bayside High School in New York.
After one year, students and staff were so impressed
with the program’s impact on their school’s climate
that they proceeded to raise funds themselves to
continue the SSA program. Read the interview with Spencer

Partner With Us

Community Matters invites your corporation, group or organization to join with us and become a partner in empowering young people to wake up their courage to stop bullying and violence in their schools and their communities. Learn more about becoming a partner.

11 Ways to Stop Bullying

There are many ways, large and small, that you can make a difference. From signing the pledge, learning about the issues, hosting a gathering to contacting your school or news outlets. Choose an action today from the 11 Ways to Help Stop Bullying.

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"My daughter currently attends Gerald F. Litel Elementary and I work for SoCalGas in Public Affairs. She went through the Safe School Ambassador program this year and absolutely loved it. She is constantly referring back to things that she has learned and ways in which she has used the skills that were taught for the benefit of her classmates. In May, SoCalGas will be rolling out a corporate “education” grant program into our communities.....and we'd like to consider supporting the Safe School Ambassador Program!" - Tina Javid, Public Affairs Manager,The Southern California Gas Company
Bayside High School Bayside High School Receives Funding for the SSA Program


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