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Chalkbeat

Yana Kunichoff

8 September 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In Chicago, teachers across the city created mutual aid groups to help students and their families pay rent, buy groceries, or cover medical bills. By using their existing networks, social media, and apps like Venmo, ...

The Walrus

Vicky Mochama

1 September 2020

British Columbia, Canada

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The black community has a rich history of crowdfunding that goes back generations to help the most vulnerable stay afloat, creating a security net for those who would otherwise fall through the cracks. Mutual aid gro...

The Community Voice

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Jazzlyn Johnson

20 August 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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The Minnesota Freedom Fund spent its first four years as a modestly funded non-profit that used donations to bail people out of jail, as a means of countering a cash bail system that critics see as unfair to people li...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Katherine Rapin

6 August 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Philadelphia Black Giving Circle supports Black-led and Black-serving nonprofits, offering funding that was raised through the Black community. The giving circle has helped to build personal relationships with peo...

Generocity

William Bleier

27 July 2020

New Jersey, United States

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The startup PIF^2 is a “social impact mobile game platform” that partners with charities to raise money through ad revenue and in-game purchases. It hosts “game-a-thons” that target a younger demographic who can gener...

Mission Local

Annika Hom

7 July 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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Community leaders led the charge in raising funds for undocumented workers, who do not qualify for stimulus and unemployment checks during the Covid-19 shutdown which has left millions of people unable to work. A coll...

High Country News

Nick Bowlin

30 June 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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A "right-to-purchase" policy has enabled nonprofits to purchase residential buildings in gentrified neighborhoods in order to prevent the displacement of those relying on rent-controlled housing. Mission Economic Deve...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

30 June 2020

New York, United States

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Two former debt collectors have teamed up to put their experience and expertise to use paying off medical debts for Americans below the poverty line. RIP Medical Debt is a nonprofit that buys debt in bulk at reduced r...

Cleveland Jewish News

Stephen Langel

25 June 2020

Ohio, United States

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Ohio philanthropies shifted to a rapid-response model of providing support for the coronavirus. A coalition of 81 philanthropies in Northeast Ohio quickly raised over $8.7 million from more than 2,200 donors and alloc...

FreshWater Cleveland

Sydney Kornegay

25 June 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Congolese refugees in Cleveland, Ohio have created a security net for the most vulnerable amongst them with the formation of Congolese Community of Greater Cleveland. Prior to the pandemic, CCGC helped Congolese refug...

Montana Free Press

Erika Fredrickson

22 June 2020

Montana, United States

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Many Montana musicians are holding virtual streaming events to deal with the financial and psychological impact of canceled music events due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Early events were well attended, with up to 100 pe...

Detroit Free Press

Angie Jackson

16 June 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Nonprofit bail funds, which use donated money to pay the bail of low-income people held in jail on pending charges, have won the release of about 55 people in Detroit during the COVID-19 crisis. Beyond the immediate n...

Borderless Magazine

Ata Younan

28 May 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Senior citizens from the Assyrian community living in Chicago have relied on a motorcycle club for care packages as well as friendly visits from someone who speaks their language. With health guidelines and coronaviru...

STAT

Mona Gable

26 May 2020

New Mexico, United States

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Across Navajo Nation, young people are coming together to protect their elders through grassroots efforts and campaigns. They’ve created online campaigns, like Protect the Sacred and #NavajoStrong to help provide accu...

The New York Times

Joe Drape

12 May 2020

Grand Island, Nebraska, United States

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The restrictions imposed by the coronavirus have turned horseracing in Nebraska into an unexpected boon. City officials allowed racing tracks to be open—with precautions—because the horses' livelihoods depend on the j...

Shareable

Kristi Eaton

11 May 2020

United States

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In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, groups of women around the world have started mutual aid initiatives such as coordinating volunteers to help immuno-compromised residents get groceries and other essential goods a...

Invisible People

Ari Honarvar

5 May 2020

San Diego, California, United States

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When COVID-19 hit the U.S., Hotel Vouchers 4 All was created as an emergency response to finding housing for San Diego residents experiencing homelessness. Funded by donations, the initiative has partnered with a loca...

Religion News Service

Aysha Khan

28 April 2020

New York, New York, United States

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The coronavirus pandemic has caused mass shutdowns of businesses and organizations around the world, and in New York City that includes mosques which typically offer nightly "communal iftar meals" during Ramadan. Know...

LAist

Carla Javier

Chava Sanchez

28 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Since closing schools due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Los Angeles Unified School District has been working to create an efficient and manageable food distribution program for students who rely on school meals. Al...

NBC News

Daliah Singer

26 April 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Feed the Frontlines Boulder is one initiative of several across the state of Colorado that are working to support healthcare workers and restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Individual donors and local nonprofits...

WyoFile

Katie Klingsporn

17 April 2020

Wind River Reservation, Wyoming, Réunion

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Two women living on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming helped to provide mutual aid when they saw many families in the area facing difficulties during the onset of the pandemic. The pair set up a fundraising...

Positive.News

Abby Young-Powell

17 April 2020

Berlin, Germany

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United We Stream (UWS) is a Berlin-based collaboration of nightlife businesses aiming to keep their businesses and club culture alive – and keep people entertained – during mandated closures because of COVID-19. With ...

The Oregonian

Samantha Swindler

16 April 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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A collective of activists and anti-fascists named PopMob has transitioned from protesting right-wingers to producing hand sanitizer. They are working in collaboration with another group called The Rosehip Medic Collec...

The Daily Tar Heel

Audrey Selley

8 April 2020

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

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Community members in North Carolina are crowdfunding campaigns to help provide meals to healthcare workers who are on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. Working with the hospital, the campaign organizers make...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

6 April 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A group of University of Pennsylvania alums are working together to combine their skills and knowledge to make 3-D printed NIH-approved face shields for healthcare workers to use during the coronavirus pandemic. After...

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