Nicole Avshalomov

Thank you for donating to this cause!


As a woman and survivor of sexual violence, IMPACT has changed the way that I walk around in the world. I took my first course in October of 2019, and for the first time in my life I feel safer walking down the street, armed knowledge that I can defend myself if anyone ever tries to attack me again.

IMPACT teaches full force self defense as well as verbal conflict resolution techniques to women, teens and members of the LGBTQ+ community. 100% of our students report that they feel significantly better able to deal with an attack after taking our classes.

In today’s climate this program is particularly important. At IMPACT we believe safety is a right, not a privilege. We do not turn anyone away regardless of their financial situation. Your donation could help vulnerable people protect themselves and improve their overall wellbeing.

Please click the orange “DONATE" button in the upper right corner to give the gift of safety to someone. I’m so thankful for your donation of any amount. 

I can’t tell you how much it means to me to have your support in this!



  • 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. 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!


Nicole is a social worker and psychotherapist who works in Berkeley and San Francisco. In her free time she likes running, spending time with friends, reading voraciously, and pretending pizza is good for her.
Donate on behalf of Nicole Avshalomov: