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The Colorado Sun

Kevin Simpson

27 November 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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A web browser extension called PocketChange allows people to donate small amounts of money to social causes and have their donations matched by “cause-aligned” brands. The software taps into the desire of news readers...

Yes! Magazine

Phillip Pantuso

23 November 2018

Kingston, New York, United States

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For musicians and artists who don’t have traditional access to healthcare, one music festival has them covered. O+ (“O Positive”) is a music festival that invites musicians and artists to perform, and in exchange the...

CityLab

Andrew Small

16 November 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Food and common passions are bringing people together for solutions-oriented conversations about the communities they live in. The Knight Foundation’s “On the Table” series started in Chicago and has now expanded to 3...

Politico Magazine

Ethan Epstein

15 November 2018

Austin, United States

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The nonprofit GirlForward operates in Chicago and Austin, and is working to help young refugee girls learn skills and thrive in America. The intensive mentoring and tutoring program has shown results for girls who are...

Concentrate

Sarah Rigg

14 November 2018

Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States

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Circles Washtenaw County is a “financial stability program” that is part of a national network. The local version in Ypsilanti involves matching leaders, who participate in 12 weeks of training, with allies, who suppo...

International Examiner

Chetanya Robinson

10 November 2018

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Rather than allowing the market to dictate development in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown, several on-the-ground activists and foundations are working together to preserve culture, affordability, and tourism. The Vanco...

Voz de Guanacaste

Noelia Esquivel

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8 November 2018

Costa Rica

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As teachers at schools in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica begin their second month of strikes, several NGOs are stepping in to offer lesson plans and cafeteria meals to students who would otherwise be out of schoo...

Voz de Guanacaste

Noelia Esquivel

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3 November 2018

Huacas, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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In the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, a non-profit is donating IUDs to women, acknowledging that the lack of access to contraception and family planning services is part of a cycle of poverty for many women and fami...

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...

New York Magazine

Martha Pskowski

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1 November 2018

Talea de Castro, Oaxaca, Mexico

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Indigenous communities in rural Mexico have typically faced challenges accessing internet and cell phone service. This is changing thanks to TIC, a nonprofit cell service provider. Lower costs, local community managem...

Bright Magazine

Hassan Ghedi Santur

25 October 2018

Nairobi, Kenya

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After volunteering for the special olympics, Maria Omare decided children with disabilities in Kenya needed a space where they would be treated with dignity, care, and respect. So she rented a one-room space, and call...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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23 October 2018

United States

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Short-term volunteering trips, especially those that involve working directly with vulnerable children, can do more harm than good. Instead, volunteers should look for opportunities to support staff and primary caregi...

Public Radio International

Louise Donovan

Hannah O'Neill

23 October 2018

Kenya

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In Kenya, and in other parts of Africa, widows are considered impure until a male has sex with them and cleanses them. If they don’t get cleansed they face social stigma. However, one widow, Roseline Orwa, refused, an...

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 New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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16 October 2018

San Jose, Costa Rica

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Casa Viva is an organization in Latin America that prioritizes family reunification over adoption. They have placed about 640 children with foster families, “60 percent of those went back to their biological family o...

ProPublica

Finlay Young

11 October 2018

Monrovia, Liberia

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Created to “help some of the world’s most vulnerable children get off the street and into school," More Than Me Foundation exposed its students to widespread sexual abuse by an influential staffer. The charity lacked ...

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

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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

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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...

BBC

Nick Holland

2 October 2018

Netherlands

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Many people simply throw away broken items or let them sit, unused in their house due to sentimental value. Around the world, Repair Cafés and similar gatherings bring volunteers together to fix these items, which hel...

Yes! Magazine

Deonna Anderson

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27 September 2018

New Bern, North Carolina, United States

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In the aftermath of natural disasters, like Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, SBP is an organization that works to provide long-term assistance for affected communities through a limited volunteer base, partnerships with ...

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...

Washington Post

Amy Ellis Nutt

23 September 2018

Austin, Minnesota, United States

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In order to reduce autism stigma, the city of Austin, Minn., became an autism-friendly town. A system was created to label businesses as autism-friendly, if they implement specific requirements that reduce autism trig...

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...

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