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Governing

David Kidd

1 November 2018

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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As Baltimore's population has rapidly declined in the past few decades, outmigrants have left a trail of over 16,000 vacant homes. After decades of underwhelming initiatives, the city thinks it might have found a part...

How Do We Fix It?

Richard Davies

Jim Meigs

1 November 2018

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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In Durham, North Carolina, ReCity is bringing together various non-profit organizations, social activists, and mission-driven companies in a shared coworking space to meet, innovate, and collaborate with each other. T...

Second Wave Michigan

Jane Simons

25 October 2018

Battle Creek, Michigan, United States

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A neighborhood dentist asked his underserved community what he could do to improve their lives. The answer? Diapers. Now, his Battle Creek, MI organization delivers diapers to families in need around county, regardles...

Next City

Oscar Perry Abello

22 October 2018

United States

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Community development groups are working closely with "middle neighborhoods" - areas "that aren't distressed today, but they may become so sooner than anyone expects." From Cleveland to Milwaukee to Chicago, CDCs are ...

The Huffington Post

Sarah Shearman

10 October 2018

London, England

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The Hoe Street Central Bank is an artist run project that raises money through events taking place in a former bank and sells prints designed to mimic paper money. Through the money they raise, the organization buys a...

Curbed Seattle

Hallie Golden

8 October 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The White Center Food Bank has transformed its storage space to mimic a normal grocery store setup, complete with shopping carts, volunteer baggers, and stocked shelves. This has made all the difference for some of th...

Next City

Emily Nonko

3 October 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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Kate Sofis created SFMade in San Francisco to find creative ways to support local manufacturing. The organization has helped push the local government to create more inclusionary industrial zoning, which incentivizes ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

2 October 2018

United States

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PeerForward, a youth leadership development organization, taps into the power of peer networks to increase the number of students in low-income schools applying to college and submitting FAFSA forms. Working with teac...

FastCompany

Adele Peters

27 September 2018

Bogotá, Colombia

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The International Rescue Committee’s cash transfer program has seen success most recently in Colombia, by helping Venezuelan refugees start fresh in a new place. For the Del Carmen family, cash transfers of $66 per ho...

The Denver Post

Erin McIntyre

22 September 2018

Grand Junction, Colorado, United States

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In Grand Junction, Colorado, Foster Alumni Mentors is working to connect young adults in or leaving the foster care system with others who have gone through the same person, giving them a mentor to help them with appl...

FastCompany

Eillie Anzilotti

20 September 2018

North Carolina, United States

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A new coalition of nonprofits is working to change the way corporations and philanthropists think about disaster assistance. Most efforts and money funnel to communities in the early days and weeks after a disaster, w...

FastCompany

Ben Paynter

19 September 2018

United States

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Protect the Protest is an initiative created by more than 20 of the world’s largest nonprofits to address SLAPP lawsuits. SLAPPs often target nonprofits and activists in order to derail them from protesting. “The goal...

The Colorado Sun

Kevin Simpson

18 September 2018

Swink, Colorado, United States

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Recycling doesn't come easy for small, rural towns where the cost to export recyclables often realistically outweighs the benefits of this sustainably practice. Clean Valley Recycling, a nonprofit launched by local co...

The Guardian

Aditya Chakrabortty

12 September 2018

Finland

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Housing First is a programme aimed at reducing homeless. It is rooted in the premise that “the main thing a homeless person needs is a home. The program has been adopted in Finland, Denmark, Spain, France, and parts o...

La Voz de Guanacaste

César Arroyo

10 September 2018

Nosara, Costa Rica

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Nosara, a district in the Costa Rican region of Nicoya Peninsula, is being overcome with trash after the Nicoya City Hall closed the local dump. Because local officials have been slow to act, citizens have had to take...

Next City

James A. Anderson

10 September 2018

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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In St. Louis, Philadelphia, Detroit, and other postindustrial cities, community organizations and city officials are trying a number of methods to reduce the number of empty lots and vacant houses that plague neighbor...

Alaska Public Media

Anne Hillman

5 September 2018

Alaska, United States

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In Alaska, tribal governments are teaming up to eliminate programming redundancies, avoid competing for the same grants, and provide necessary community resources. Their collaboration allows the smaller tribal governm...

The Guardian

Aditya Chakrabortty

29 August 2018

Teddington, United Kingdom

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Paul Sinton-Hewitt, founder of the charity Parkrun, never set out to create a revolution. All he wanted was a low-pressure space to run. Now, his organization supports over 1,600 community running events around the gl...

The Washington Post

Jackie Mader

26 August 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Christopher House, a nonprofit organization in Boston, believes wraparound services and family support are key to running a successful preschool. “You can’t teach a child without family,” says Karen Ross-Williams, dir...

The New York Times

Marjorie Olster

17 August 2018

Douar Laadam, Morocco

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Project Soar is trying to get more young girls in Morocco to finish school, and it’s working. The nonprofit offers after school programs and tutoring to teenage girls, in hopes they continue their education and don’t ...

Los Angeles Times

Jessica Peralta

16 August 2018

San Juan, California, United States

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The San Juan Capistrano-based Ecology Center has taken its "green"-centric experiences on the road in the form of a 32-foot-long, 14-foot-tall double-decker bus called Road Trip. It has a prep kitchen and multiple sta...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

15 August 2018

United States

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Recycling is having a moment of reckoning across the United States as many people continue to dispose of garbage in recycle bins. Mitch Hedlund, executive director of Recycle Across America, explains that a lack of pu...

The 74

Esmeralda Fabián Romero

13 August 2018

United States

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A new "readiness check" digital tool, available in English and Spanish, gives parents realtime feedback about whether their child is prepared to enter the next grade level and provides resources and activities to prac...

Al-Fanar Media

Tonny Onyulo

9 August 2018

Uganda

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In 2005 refugee youth at the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement, founded the Coburwas school in order to provide students with a better education. Now, it is one of the best performing schools in the camps, ranking in the...

The Hechinger Report

Liz Bell

8 August 2018

Rocky Mount, North Carolina, United States

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In rural North Carolina, an organization holds bi-monthly playgroups to teach parents about the importance of "basic interactions between parents and their kids." Based on the principle of "child-directed play," the r...

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