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FastCompany

Melissa Locker

21 February 2019

Copenhagen, Denmark

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UNICEF is owner of some of the world's largest humanitarian warehouses, where workers and automated robots work in tandem to ensure that the kits that can help children and families in emergencies are ready to go when...

The Hechinger Report

Nick Chiles

20 February 2019

Sandy Springs, Georgia, United States

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A nonprofit called AVID exposes low-income students to organizational skills, leadership training, and peer support networks. Working with over 2 million students nationwide, AVID is "designed to systematically help d...

NationSwell

Alison Kotch

20 February 2019

Tennessee, United States

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Tennessee's Shelby County school district is one of several nationwide experimenting with a weighted-student funding model -- with this concept, each school receives a budget based on both number of students and stude...

Jackson Hole News & Guide

Kylie Mohr

13 February 2019

Wyoming, United States

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Interpreters provide non-English speakers greater access to healthcare by lowering the language barrier. The Spanish-speaking translation service, La Voz, helps residents in Wyoming who cannot afford expensive on-dema...

CityLab

Sarah Holder

11 February 2019

San Diego, United States

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Cities across the West Coast are facing increased rates of homelessness in their regions, including people who sleep in their cars; those experiencing vehicular homelessness have previously struggled to find a parking...

Next City

Jared Brey

7 February 2019

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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New grassroots efforts often struggle to get off the ground due to lack of funding. In Baltimore, a group called CLLCTIVLY aims to fix this problem for black-led non-profit organizations by offering a $1,000 prize eve...

Under-Told Stories Project

Fred de Sam Lazaro

7 February 2019

Thailand

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A unique boarding school in Thailand has inspired close to 200 more of its kind. At Mechai Bamboo School, students benefit from a combination of traditional classroom instruction and hands-on activities, including sta...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

5 February 2019

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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A nonprofit in New Orleans transforms cheap vacant and underutilized lots into playgrounds and spaces for community events that teach children "design thinking" in the process.

The New York Times

Jason DeParle

4 February 2019

Jacksonvile, Florida, United States

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Head Start, the biggest preschool program in the country (with roots in President Johnson's 1965 War on Poverty), is improving -- in the past decade, continued bipartisan support, new evaluation measures and periodic ...

Quartz India

Annabelle Timsit

30 January 2019

India

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For 50 years, the nonprofit Mobile Creches has stepped up to fill in the gaps of government preschool and provided early child care for families living on temporary construction sites. Research shows that the service ...

NPR

Jodi Helmer

28 January 2019

Hinton, United States

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For people in West Virginia who have lost their jobs due to the decline in the coal mining industry, the Appalachian Beekeeping Collective can help them - and other low-income residents - learn about beekeeping and ge...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jill Harkins

22 January 2019

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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When Sanjay Patel realized there was unused land and parking lots near many of Atlanta's MARTA stations, he had an idea - working with city partners, Patel built soccer fields in and adjacent to several stations, offs...

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Lily Jackson

18 January 2019

New York, United States

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Colleges campuses are increasingly consulting students about the mental health services they want to see and expanding initiatives beyond the counseling center to all aspects of campus life. At Jefferson Community Col...

NPR

Sarah Gonzalez

18 January 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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When Panera Bread launched several pay-what-you-want cafes, people from different economic and social backgrounds found themselves eating the same lunch, and paying what they could. While the cafes eventually closed, ...

CNN

Jackie Wattles

17 January 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Since 2014, the Billion Oyster Project has been working to restore oyster reefs to the New York coasts in an attempt to reduce pollution and bring back marine life. In partnership with restaurants and students through...

Christian Science Monitor

Mahwish Qayyum

14 January 2019

Pakistan

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In Pakistan, water sanitation and hygiene is more than just a public health issue - it's also an issue of women's rights and safety as women face harassment when attempting to access water or when having to defecate i...

Eugene Weekly

Sierra Webster

10 January 2019

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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Many health care facilities that supply needles don't have the proper training or experience to work with trans-identified people that are undergoing hormone therapy. To help address this gap in care, an education and...

FastCompany

Ben Paynter

4 January 2019

Puerto Rico, United States

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Nonprofit organization Direct Relief is providing financial assistance to organizations and communities struck by natural disasters or extreme poverty, in addition to traditional goods like medicines, vaccines, and eq...

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Erica Bryant

2 January 2019

New York, United States

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In recent years, School 145 in New York City has significantly bolstered its mental health counseling services, with the help of the nonprofit Counseling in Schools, and test scores are starting to improve. "I have 52...

Grady Newsource

Alexandra Travis

1 January 2019

Athens, Georgia, United States

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After teaching an Inside Out class with half college students and half incarcerated students, an assistant professor from the University of Georgia addressed a gap in services to help incarcerated folks reenter into t...

KUNM

Megan Kamerick

27 December 2018

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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Crossroads for Women, a New Mexico nonprofit, is helping formerly incarcerated women find community, support, and recovery. Using trauma-informed care practices, the program offers a comprehensive list of services lik...

The Colorado Sun

Kevin Simpson

25 December 2018

Colorado, United States

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What began as an individual project for a family adapting toys for their children with disabilities to use and communicate with has turned into a global non-profit operation. With a dedicated volunteer base and a frug...

The Daily Record

Tami Mosser

23 December 2018

Canton, Ohio, United States

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In Canton, Ohio, Refuge of Hope is a faith-based organization serving the town's male homeless population, offering a place to stay overnight and meals. The organization runs primarily through the help of volunteers, ...

Streetsblog LA

Damien Newton

10 December 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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The Safe Parking Program in Los Angeles is providing people living out of their vehicles with secure lots. For those facing housing instability, this temporary measure helps people save their energy and resources so t...

NPR

Danielle Preiss

8 December 2018

Varanasi, India

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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 ...

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