Where We Give
OM has shifted the way we see work, money, the pursuit of passion and how we spend our days. As a result of this, we here at OneTaste have decided to take a different approach to the finances of our company.
Lets start at the beginning . . .The dream was always to share this practice, not build a business. We started a business to bring the principles of Orgasm and have a means of connection to an arena that was mostly caught in achievement, competition and scarcity. We applied the principles of Orgasm to our business and it started to grow exponentially. As we grow as a company, we all realized that money doesn’t change much — we are already rich with community, friendship and orgasm.
Our aim is to be a practice-based business, continuously working to find the spot, that supports ours and others efforts of getting Orgasm out into the world.
In order to have the ability to find the sweet spot as a company, our employees need to come from full. Our employees have agreed to live from full – rather than living a life according to a formula of what is guaranteed to make us successful, we live according to what feels right.
As a result, we have made a pledge as a company to make substantial monetary donations each month to organizations that devote their time to making a difference in peoples lives through grassroots, people-to-people efforts. Our mantra of service: Empty what is Full and Fill what is empty.
A list of the places OneTaste has made monetary gifts:
The Medea Project
The Medea Project is a production of Cultural Odyssey, which continues to develop original productions that demonstrate their vision of "ARTS AS SOCIAL ACTIVISM". In 1989, on the basis of material developed while conducting classes at the San Francisco County Jail, Rhodessa Jones created "Big Butt Girls, Hard Headed Women", a performance piece based on the lives of the incarcerated women she encountered. During the work's creation, Jones and jail officials were made aware of issues that were specific to female inmates, such as guilt, depression, and self-loathing, which arose in response to feelings of failure in the face of community. These issues directly contribute to recidivism among female offenders. Based on this observation, Jones founded THE MEDEA PROJECT: THEATER FOR INCARCERATED WOMEN to explore whether an arts-based approach could help reduce the numbers of women returning to jail.
Ruth Coker Burks AIDS Memorial
"Someday," she said, "I'd love to get a monument that says: This is what happened. In 1984, it started. They just kept coming and coming. And they knew they would be remembered, loved and taken care of, and that someone would say a kind word over them when they died."
Ruth Coker Burks was there when no one else was. She was a friend and supporter of gay men who had AIDS at a time when everyone else turned them away. Selflessly giving time, compassion and unconditional love to those who so desperately needed it.
The Amity Foundation
The Amity Foundation is a non-profit founded over 40 years ago that has communities in Arizona, New Mexico, and California dedicated to supporting the difficult transition from decades in prison or on the streets to a healthy, independent lifestyle. Amity focuses on life skills such and physical and emotional well-being, and how to find a job, to teach a very marginalized population how to live successfully on their own. Most interestingly, Amity focuses on healthy eating and sustainability, and have even developed an aquaponic farm Amistad site in South Central Los Angeles that allows students to grow their own organic food while learning a useful skill set.” Huffington Post.
The Faithful Fools is a grassroots based community service organization based in the Tenderloin of San Francisco. Aware of the judgments most of us have towards those who are poor or homeless, they seek to meet people where they are through the Arts, Education, Advocacy, and Accompaniment. They shatter myths about those living in poverty, and help others see the light courage, intelligence, strength and creativity of the people on the streets. While on the surface, the work The Faithful Fools does differs from OneTaste, in essence we share their devotion to seeing the true self beneath people’s surface and circumstances and realizing their true potential.
As a foundational spiritual institution in the Bay Area, Spirit Rock Meditation Center had a huge influence on the early development of Senior Faculty member and founder of OneTaste Bay Area Justine Dawson. Trained as a teacher under Jack Kornfield for 6 years, the teachings on mindfulness she garnered have become deeply woven into the fabric of OneTaste over the past 8 years. Spirit Rock continues to serve the Bay Area community through silent retreats and community classes, creating a culture of meditative awareness in our region which we are honored to support.
Agape International Spiritual Center
The essence of Agape is best described by its founder, Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith: “When I founded the Agape International Spiritual Center and community in 1986, we “visioned” it as a movement that would take a stand for love, for peace, for being a beneficial presence on the planet. That’s why it was named “Agape,” which in Greek means unconditional love. Agape’s vision is fueled by the love of God, the One, indefinable yet unmistakable Presence whose vehicle on earth is the human heart and soul. My aspiration is that every individual who is touched by the vibration of Agape is inspired to cultivate a heart of love as wide as the world.” OneTaste regularly visits the Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles, California, and continues to be inspired by the people of Agape.
Haight Ashbury Free Clinic
Haight Ashbury Free Clinic is a clinic offering free and low cost medical treatment to homeless and low income people in San Francisco. They also offer addiction resources and support groups. In the early days of OneTaste many of the staff were in the low-income bracket and frequented the Haight Ashbury Clinic. As we have grown in size and our early employees no longer frequent there, we wanted to give back as a huge thank YOU for making yourselves available as a service to San Francisco residents.