Vanessa Baker

Vanessa's 40th Birthday

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I'm turning 40 today, March 21st -- holy heck!  In celebration and in gratitude for these 40 wonderful turns around the sun, I'm asking anyone who feels so moved to give in support of IMPACT Bay Area. I have volunteered many an hour and given many a dollar to support IMPACT over the past decade because I believe we all deserve to move about the world freely without fear.

**Someday "No" will be enough but until then there's IMPACT!**

IMPACT is an incredibly effective program that empowers women, girls, LGBTQ folks and even men too to stand tall, speak up for themselves, and fight back if the need ever arises. In IMPACT's 3-day Basics classes especially -- it's physically powerful, emotionally moving stuff that literally changes lives. One recent graduate told us that her IMPACT Basics class created more healing for her than YEARS of therapy ever had. 

Please give generously today!  Your tax-deductible donation will bring personal safety, self-defense and empowerment training to people who need it most.  Thank you so very much! 

  • 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!



  • Donate Monthly

    Our monthly donors are the heart of IMPACT Bay Area because reliable monthly contributions provide a sustainable source of income to keep us teaching in the communities that depend on us.

    100% of your contribution will go to fund our daily operations. Every monthly donation helps bring personal safety, self-defense and empowerment training to Bay Area communities by paying for course supplies like mats & suits, instructor travel expenses, space rental fees and printing class materials for our students.

    As a small non-profit organization, we depend on donations from our supporters and graduates to sustain our work. IMPACT Bay Area is a 501(c)3 non-profit, so your monthly donation is fully tax-deductible.


  • Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, Christina! I’m so inspired by it!

  • Thank you for sharing your voice and your art, Eva! So much of what you said resonated with me . It fills me with optimism and strength that we CAN make change.

Vanessa Baker
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Seeking 40 donors in honor of a 40th birthday! Let's empower women and girls of all ages to stand tall and kick @$$ -- at school, at home and anywhere they may roam!
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