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Detroit Free Press

Matt Helms

1 November 2015

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Five years ago, Detroit created a program called Live Midtown to encourage business growth and homeownership in the area. The aim of bringing more people to live in the neighborhood has been exceedingly successful, an...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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27 October 2015

La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States

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Few Americans talk about their end-of-life wishes. To encourage these conversations, Medicare has decided to reimburse doctors for the time they spend helping families decide end-of-life wishes. In Wisconsin, a progra...

NationSwell

Chris Peak

9 October 2015

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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Family Rewards is a three-year program in Memphis, which aims to stop inter-generational poverty cycles. The program gives low income families funds that are conditional on bettering the next generation.

The New York Times

Nathaniel Popper

7 October 2015

Utah, United States

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In Utah, Goldman Sachs funded the education of preschoolers and was reimbursed by the state once it was shown that the kids would not need special education. Social impact investments, like this one in Utah, can help ...

CityLab

Tiffany R. Jansen

2 October 2015

Deventer, Overijssel, Netherlands

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More retirement and nursing homes are asking college students to move in, an arrangement that benefits everyone. Students stay free of charge in exchange for volunteering to help the seniors.

SciDev.Net

Karen Coates

Jerry Redfern

12 September 2015

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A Ministry of Agriculture project called "Seeds of Life" grants local farmers genetically-solidified seeds in order to fight food insecurity in the country. The farmers will produce the crops and sell them back to bot...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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11 September 2015

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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At a time when university students lack opportunities and financial help to test their innovative business ideas, the Resolution Project supports higher education students who have ideas for socially responsible busin...

The Caravan

SOWMIYA ASHOK

2 September 2015

Kenya

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Kenya has an alarmingly high rate of maternal mortality rate and many women are afraid to give birth at the hospital for fear of being treated violently. OparanyaCare uses financial incentives to get women to seek pre...

Model D

MJ Galbraith

14 July 2015

United States

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Two local hospital systems have worked diligently to balance the preservation of the historic character of their campuses with the need to keep their facilities state-of-the-art. Communities have chosen to repurpose o...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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5 June 2015

New York, New York, United States

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The lack of access to healthy food has always been a problem for the financially unstable. Food stamps can now be used to buy fresh produce at farmers markets, but greater success could be achieved by getting grocery ...

Washington Post

Terrence McCoy

1 June 2015

Richmond, California, United States

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The Office of Neighborhood Safety in Richmond, CA took a radical new approach to urban violence by creating mechanisms to financially stabilize perpetrators of violent acts in crime-ridden neighborhoods - essentially ...

The New Yorker

Atul Gawande

11 May 2015

McAllen, Texas, United States

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An investigation reveals a startling percentage of medical procedures provided in the United States are unnecessary or inappropriate - harming patients physically as well as financially. This "profit-maximizing medica...

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Anna Gorman

10 May 2015

Newport Beach, California, United States

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Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, under pressure from the insurance network to lower maternity costs, used a number of tools to lower the rate of cesarean sections done. The changes not only helped drastically redu...

The New York Times

Nelson Schwartz

7 May 2015

Fresno, California, United States

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Two cities in California are facing increasing threat of drought. In addition to raising the basic cost of water, the heaviest users of water pay more for the water they consume.

Climate Central

John Upton

24 April 2015

Sacramento, California, United States

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The government wants more farmers turning waste methane into biogas to help combat the negative effects of global climate change. California is leading the initiative, largely through a cap-and-trade program.

Women's eNews

Léa Bouchoucha

1 April 2015

New York, New York, United States

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Female veterans are more likely to have a history of trauma, be unemployed, and be homeless. To address this disparity, the VA has started awarding grants to organizations that help female vets.

The New York Times

Ron Haskins

31 December 2014

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Some social welfare programs may receive funding but have no evidence of success. By insisting that funds go primarily to programs with rigorous evidence of success, the federal government can make non-partisan decisi...

El Paso Times

Marty Schladen

14 December 2014

Austin, Texas, United States

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Laws in Texas and New Mexico, both locked in the grip of a crippling drought, don't do much to actually encourage citizens to conserve water. New conservation laws and financial incentives are trying to change that.

The New York Times

Patricia Cohen

30 August 2014

Massachusetts, United States

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A growing number of credit unions and nonprofit groups are using lotteries to encourage low-income families to save.

The New York Times

Amy Yee

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14 August 2014

Khulna, Khulna Division, Bangladesh

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With the creation of oral rehydration solution, diarrhea can be treated by inexpensive, homemade remedies. O.R.S. has undeniably helped Bangladesh make big strides in improving child health in recent decades thanks to...

Politico Magazine

Glenn Thrush

12 August 2014

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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In an effort to break the cycle of poverty in Memphis, a government organization is using conditional cash transfers, paying students if they earn good grades and adults if they maintain a full-time job.

Grist

Ben Adler

23 July 2014

Aspen, Colorado, United States

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Rural areas are known for requiring tourists to rent a car in order to move around, which can be a significant added expense. But Aspen has developed a bus system that can bring residents or tourists from Aspen to sub...

Next City

Gregory Scruggs

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15 July 2014

Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

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Porto Alegre, in Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul state, has embraced a recent discovery of offshore oil as a way to renew the town as a bustling port for business and transport. The port city uses bodies of water to transp...

Minnesota Public Radio

Elizabeth Dunbar

10 July 2014

Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States

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New technology, more aggressive pricing structures, and shifting attitudes are beginning to change how some Minnesotans view and care for their lawns.

KQED

April Dembosky

25 June 2014

Oakland, California, United States

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People of low income often have bad health habits and more ER visits which is a large cost for Medicare. AIM, a pre-hospice program in Oakland, found that personalized and preventive care reduces ER visits, is less ex...

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