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Yes! Magazine

Melissa Hellmann

2 January 2017

Iola, Kansas, United States

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The small town of Iola, KS, and Allen County's GROW Council offer a case study of how local communities across this prairie state have worked to solve the absence of grocery stores in many rural areas. Through local r...

The Christian Science Monitor

Atul Bhattarai

18 December 2016

Kathmandu, Nepal

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For years, campaigns to clean Nepal's polluted Bagmati River resulted in failure. Now with police and government backing, the organization Safai Abhiyaan is in its third year, attracting hundreds of volunteers who are...

The Christian Science Monitor

Simon Montlake

17 December 2016

Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States

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In 2005, anonymous donors announced they would cover college tuition for most students in all future Kalamazoo, Michigan classes: "Other cities declare themselves open for business or tourism. Kalamazoo wants you to k...

Detroit Free Press

Kristen Jordan Shamus

13 December 2016

Peterborough, United Kingdom

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A project launched in the United Kingdom uses social-impact bonds to reduce recidivism among prisoners, bringing together public and private resources to implement more effective and cost efficient social programs. Th...

The Christian Science Monitor

Ryan Lenora Brown

11 December 2016

Maseru, Lesotho

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The approach of giving cash straight to poor people - rather than funneling goods or services indirectly through the slow, diluted, and complex systems of charities or governments - is nothing new, but evidence of lon...

Forbes

Kerry A. Dolan

30 November 2016

San Francisco, California, United States

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For the superrich and the biggest U.S. charitable foundations, donating to universities, hospitals and cultural institutions is the norm. Less common are donations targeted at "social change" such as alleviating pover...

The Santa Fe New Mexican

Bruce Krasnow

21 November 2016

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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For low- and moderate-income families in Santa Fe, home solar-voltaic systems can be an attractive but hard-to-finance idea. A local couple is partnering with Homewise to offer loans to homeowners interested in instal...

Philly.com (Philadelphia Media Network)

Jane M. Von Bergen

11 November 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Pennsylvania, people with certain types of misdemeanors can ask the courts to seal their records from public view. When this law was passed, a team of 175 lawyers, paralegals, and law students volunteered to help e...

Bright Magazine

Fehmida Zakeer

10 November 2016

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Cyclones or floods could not close Sneha Center for Suicide Prevention in South India. This volunteer-run clinic is in the country with the highest number of suicides in the world. It is open 24 hours a day and 365 da...

Vice

Jacob Kushner

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7 November 2016

United States

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Fathom is the world's first-ever cruise line for people who want to vacation and volunteer as a way of helping poor families in the Dominican Republic have concrete floors, water filters etc. However, the impact of th...

Diplomatic Courier

Molly McCluskey

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4 November 2016

Amman, Jordan

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Refugees often find cold cash far more helpful than bags of rice or other products foundations provide. Iris scanners can make identity verification much easier for refugees to access money that is distributed to them...

Zócalo Public Square

Muhammad Safwatullah

19 October 2016

San Bernadino, California, United States

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Al-Shifa Free Health Clinic is located in an underserved area of San Bernardino. The clinic sees over 200 patients every month for specialized medical treatment and dental care, as they employ volunteer doctors from m...

Philadelphia Magazine

Steve Volk

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18 September 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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For many people experiencing poverty, the struggle to make ends meet and provide for their children is common across generations. In Philadelphia, non-profit programs are recognizing that aspect of poverty and helping...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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13 September 2016

Lebanon

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In Lebanon, services for refugees are often misguided and ineffective. To address this issue, the country created a cash-debit card allowance for refugees, providing a more appropriate resource than the typical aid pr...

GreenLight Fund

Casey Johnson

9 September 2016

Oakland, California, United States

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The GreenLight Fund is trying to improve math proficiency of middle school students, especially in order to close gaps between different ethnicities and income levels. To do this the fund has invested in Blueprint Mat...

The Correspondent

Sanne Blauw

Maite Vermeulen

8 September 2016

United States

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Research has shown that "feel good altruism" is making you feel good but is not helping people in need. In order to pivot towards "effective altruism," one must question many factors like effectiveness, beneficiaries,...

Bright Magazine

Kathryn Joyce

6 September 2016

Uganda

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In Uganda, where international adoptions and orphanages are the most present form of child welfare, nonprofits like Reunite, Alternative Care Initiatives-Uganda, and CALM Africa are shifting the country to a welfare m...

The Straits Times

Priscilla Goy

29 August 2016

New Delhi, Rajasthan, India

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A weatherproof tent for homeless families performed well in a pilot, winning design awards and public praise, even before becoming commercially available. The tent requires no tools to set up and can fit two adults an...

The Press of Atlantic City

Diane D'Amico

Thomas Barlas

28 August 2016

New Jersey, United States

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Farmers and volunteers are working together to help feed the hungry in New Jersey. New Jersey Agricultural Society's Farmers Against Hunger Program relies on gleaning to turn food waste into a meal for someone in need...

Kerning Cultures

Hebah Fisher

Razan Alzayani

Lilly Crown

27 August 2016

Bahrain

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Sectarian conflict in Bahrain has torn friends and families apart, splitting the country into Sunni versus Shi’a. To soften the divisions, Bahrain Foundation for Reconciliation and Civil Discourse has hosted at least ...

Forbes

Devin Thorpe

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24 August 2016

United States

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Microsoft and Boys and Girls Clubs of America are partnering to expand access to computer science education. A pilot program in 25 clubs across the country exposed 1,000 kids and teens to the first two levels of a fou...

Great Falls Tribune

Jenn Rowell

4 August 2016

Great Falls, Montana, United States

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Great Falls has had success finding homes for Veterans. Through word of mouth, volunteers, and communication between agencies homes and programs have been set up to house veterans and facilitate finding them employment.

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Mila Koumpilova

1 August 2016

London, England

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Non-profits like Active Change Foundation in London leverage community outreach and personal relationships to intervene on extremist behavior and prevent radical recruitment. But when attempting to partner with the go...

Inter Press Service News Agency

Justus Wanzala

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12 July 2016

Narok, Kenya

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Harvesting rainwater is a necessary practice throughout Kenya, but is especially important in the areas of the country that are arid or semiarid. The African Water Bank has made this process more accessibly to many in...

WAMU

Kavitha Cardoza

30 June 2016

Fort Worth, Texas, United States

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Padua Project is an innovative program that has a goal of getting poor people out of poverty in three years with a job, three months’ savings and off government assistance. Its unusual success involved a collaboration...

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