Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Arts & Culture
  • Community
  • International
  • People with Disabilities


127 LOWELL AVEPALO ALTO, CA 94301 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Empowering Products Change Lives. Uplift490 is all about products that help resource-limited people lift themselves up. We find, catalog, help improve, and help distribute affordable products for people and organizations who need them. If a product doesn't exist, we help create it!


Uplift490 Projects:

  • Cat490: A dynamic digital catalog, a collection of products, machines, tools, plans, and methods. It's updated by the people, communities, and organizations offering appropriate products.

  • The Give Bank(tm): Designers, makers, scientists, and other professionals pledge pro bono hours to work on product design and development as well as mentor those who want to learn.

  • Design490: Providing design principles and resources to entrepreneurial product designers. We seek to collaborate with design-centric teaching organizations, universities, and labs around the world.

  • Events490: DesignJams, meetups, maker spaces provide increasingly-critical in-person, human interaction. We support monthly and quarterly events and look to partner with maker spaces and fab labs.
  • Fund490: A future blind pool or community fund that can apply small funds throughout the product development process. Our partners here are microbanks and micro finance organizations promoting Cat490.
  • Future490: An open forum to discuss other project possibilities that align with Uplift490 and its Partner and Ally organizations, such as Village in a Box.

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