Michelle Lee Rich

IMPACT Bay Area is a non-profit that teaches self-defense, personal safety, conflict management, and verbal boundary setting with a focus on women, LGBTQ, and teens/young adults. It’s a safe space for anyone who has been made to feel small or vulnerable — and it has personally been one of the most transformative and empowering experiences for me. 


We Need Your Help During COVID

Throughout the pandemic, IMPACT has continued to offer critical services online for free, including adrenaline management during pandemic, and anti-harassment training specifically for the Asian American Pacific Islander and LGBTQ+ community.

At the same time, we have lost an important source of revenue generation without the ability to offer in-person classes. We are hoping to offset this financial gap in 2020 through the generosity of private donations & private corporate classes.

I invite you to help support and scale Impact's mission during this critical time, either by:

Making a private donation using the link below or promoting our private classes by facilitating warm introductions to corporation/organizations interested in offering an Impact private class to their employees/members.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me at [email protected]


My Impact Story

As someone who tends to be self-critical and uncomfortable with conflict, I came out of my Women’s Basics class in 2017 walking 2” taller down any street and into any meeting room at work, knowing that I have the skills and strength to navigate conflict and protect myself. In 2019, I returned to take the Multiple Assailants class and felt more powerful with my voice and body than ever before -- this time, knowing that I can defend myself against 3-4 attackers at a time under an adrenalized state. Through Impact, I've been able to find my voice, set boundaries, and defend myself with strength and courage that I never thought I had.

I attribute so much of my personal happiness and professional success to my learnings on that mat. It's the best investment I've made in my own growth, and my hope is to scale the transformative power of the Impact experience, particularly among women of color who are in need of a safe space to discuss their unique experiences with safety and violence in their communities. I invite you to join me in expanding the reach of this program to help more individuals and communities find their voice and strength again.


  • Our New Mission, Vision, and Values

    We're so excited to share our new Mission, Vision, and Values, and to invite you to help us make them a reality!

    We need your support to get to 100 donations by August 31, 2021! 

    Your generous donations enable us to make IMPACT support:

    • Continuing our "pay what you can" model for in-person classes
    • Recruitment and training of instructors from the community
    • Expanding programs for those who need us most




  • Support Violence Prevention in our Community

    Donate today to support IMPACT Bay Area’s violence prevention programs! Your support will help us launch a brand-new program in 2023 for people with disabilities AND continue the life-changing programs we already offer - including programs for teens, women, LGBTQIA+, women of color, etc. Your generous gifts also help us keep all of our public programs accessible through sliding scale payments.

    IMPACT Bay Area is a 501(c)3 non-profit, so your contribution is fully tax-deductible. Every online donation will receive an email confirmation for their records.

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

    IMPACT Bay Area
    PO Box 23831
    Oakland, CA 94623

    PLEASE NOTE: We will be happy to prepare a paper or email acknowledgement of your donation upon request.


    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!



  • Private Class Payment

    Thank you for scheduling a private IMPACT Bay Area class. To complete your scheduling process, please select the amount for your payment or enter it into the "Other" box and click continue. This will direct you to Paypal, where you can complete the process. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].

    Class payments are not tax deductible.


Michelle took IMPACT's Women's Basics class in 2017 and the Multiple Assailants class in 2019. She also serves as an Impact volunteer assistant & board member.
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