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The Little Libraries Bringing Books into People’s Homes

BBC

Radio / Over 15 Minutes

Around the world, people are putting out Little Free Libraries—a small birdhouse like box for people to take, leave, or swap books. These libraries have helped create easy access to book ownership and reading as well as community among neighbors.

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Dear Internet: Goats In Sweaters Are Cuter Than Kittens In Mittens

NPR

Text / Under 800 Words

A calendar featuring goats wearing warm clothing has raised thousands of dollars for local organizations in Varanasi, India. The creative gimmick draws on the power of large numbers of small donations, similar to the ice bucket challenge supporting ALS research.

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A DU student withdrew from school to change the charity world, quarter by quarter

The Colorado Sun

Text / 1500-3000 Words

A web browser extension called PocketChange allows people to donate small amounts of money to social causes and have their donations matched by “cause-aligned” brands. The software taps into the desire of news readers and social media users to take action in the moment that they learn about socia...

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Foundations Have a Not-So-Charitable Secret

Yes! Magazine

Mixed Media / 800-1500 Words

Traditionally, private foundations have been required to give away only 5% of their wealth each year. Beyond that, the majority of funds have typically been invested in Wall Street funds, sometimes funds that fundamentally contradict their mission. This is changing. The F.B. Heron Foundation has ...

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The for-profit company that turned around Maine’s failing addiction treatment initiative

Bangor Daily News

Mixed Media / Over 3000 Words

Groups Recover Together, a for-profit clinic in Maine is helping treat people addicted to opioids. Because the company only prescribes buprenorphine, has venture funding, and doesn’t have to pay for overhead staff, it is able to treat much more people than the nonprofit clinics. Around 600 people...

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These Performers Literally Play for Their Lives

Yes! Magazine

Mixed Media / 1500-3000 Words

For musicians and artists who don’t have traditional access to healthcare, one music festival has them covered. O+ (“O Positive”) is a music festival that invites musicians and artists to perform, and in exchange they get free access to health care services. Doctors, dentists, and other provider...

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