Help Me Empower Others through IMPACT

I found IMPACT like many people do – through a friend.  She urged me for months to take a class, saying that it would be life changing.  When I took the Basics course in 2016, I finally understood what she meant. IMPACT taught me that I am powerful and strong.  To this day, the skills I learned help me feel safe and confident, and it also has strengthened my ability to set healthy boundaries in my professional and personal life.  This is something that I don’t take for granted. Although my Basics class was almost three years ago, I still hear my classmates cheering me on when I’m in tough situations.  It’s a powerful feeling. It is this experience that has fueled my commitment to support IMPACT in reaching more people because I think everyone deserves to feel this way. 

IMPACT is a non-profit organization, and this work is only possible because of the generosity of our supporters.  You make it possible for us to offer our life-changing classes and to extend our reach in this community.  From our donations last year, we were able to

  • Offer 157 classes, an increase of 55% from the previous year
  • Teach 1,845 students, an increase of 63% from the previous year
  • Award over $32,000 in scholarships, which supported 38% of women and 77% of LGBTQ students in our Basics courses
  • Strengthen our community by hosting our first ever Alumni Reunion event
  • Train five new suited instructors to help us offer more classes throughout the year


We are very proud of these accomplishments, but we aren’t finished yet!  In 2019, we hope to offer even more classes for at-risk communities we have yet to reach.  We also hope to create more opportunities to connect our alumni, partners, and supporters to our efforts.  Personal safety and empowerment has a unique ability of connecting people. Together, we will be able to accomplish great things to advance personal safety in our neighborhoods.

Want to support this important work?

Please be a part of this effort by making a donation today by clicking the orange button on the right. Your tax-deductible gift of any size will support someone in realizing their inner strength and help them feel safe when it matters most.  Would you like to show your ongoing support? Set up a monthly donation of any size HERE

Thank you in advance for your generosity. All this work would not be possible without IMPACT supporters like you.

Want to get involved?

There are many ways someone can get engaged with IMPACT.  

  • Want to feel more connected to our strong community?  Join us at one of our community events.  
  • Want to contribute to our efforts? Help us fundraise for more classes and scholarships.  
  • Want to bring an IMPACT class to your work?  Ask us about our corporate class offerings.  
  • Want to volunteer your time?  Join one of our committees to help us advance our efforts. We would love to have you on the team.

If you would like to get involved, please reach out to me at

  • Make a Donation Today!

    IMPACT Bay Area believes that personal safety is a right, not a privilege. Our mission is to reduce violence and promote healing by teaching effective boundary setting, personal safety, and physical self-defense skills.

    $650 could sponsor a full scholarship for a full 24-hour Basics course

    $300 could sponsor a full scholarship for a Teen course

    $100 provides a partial scholarship for a student in a Teen, Young Adult or Basics Course

    Every donation helps bring personal safety, self-defense and empowerment training to people who need it. IMPACT Bay Area is a 501(c)3 non-profit, so your contribution is fully tax-deductible.

    You can also mail a check with "donation" in the memo line to:

    IMPACT Bay Area
    PO Box 23831
    Oakland, CA 94623

    If you would prefer to become a regular supporter, consider giving a monthly donation instead.

    Employer Matching

    Bay Area Corporations and Companies Offering Employer Matching Gifts

    If your employer offers employer matching, your donation can MAKE AN EVEN BIGGER IMPACT. Contact your human resources department for information on your employer's matching gift program. IMPACT Bay Area's EIN number is 94-3123451.

    Our address is:
    PO Box 23831
    Oakland,CA 94623.

    Learn about more ways you can support IMPACT Bay Area!


Jessica is proud to serve as Chair of IMPACT's board of directors with other passionate individuals who care deeply about personal empowerment and safety.
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