About Us

Local impact, globally.

Systems 17 is a place to find and support positive social and environmental impact happening in your community. In this case, the San Francisco Bay Area. Our mission is to reinvent how changemakers communicate impact, tell their stories, and inspire their audiences to act. We believe that local engagement makes all the difference. Small acts combined can shift systems. It is not just the big, but also the bold that create positive change. We encourage you to support local grassroots organizations because they are close to the people and environments they help.

Community-based nonprofits do important work in racial & institutional justice, LGBTQ+ & gender equality, climate action & environment, animal welfare, education & local economy, and basic necessities. Unfortunately, they also struggle to stand out and be seen.

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The Team

Meet our small team that is powering Systems 17.

Karin Roscoe
Executive Director

"You have to act as if it were possible to change the world and you have to do it all the time." Angela Davis

Grazia Prato
Head of Design

“Leave this world a little better than you found it.” Baden-Powell

Zan Bennett
Marketing Advisor

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." Mahatma Gandhi

Eizen Monteiro Wanderley
Nonprofit Onboarding Specialist

"You can see the change you want to. Be what you want to be." Coldplay

We are fiscally sponsored by Open Collective Foundation

The Open Collective Foundation sponsors projects like Systems 17 aimed at fostering civic participation, democratic debate, by rebuilding community ties and strengths.

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Open Collective Foundation

Nonprofit partners

San Francisco Bay Area organizations that work with us