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The New York Times

Erica Green

12 April 2019

Akron, Ohio, United States

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One year after LeBron James' I Promise School opened its doors, its students, picked for being some of the worst performing in Akron, Ohio, have shown significant improvement on district assessments. I Promise is fund...

Yes! Magazine

Carla Bell

9 April 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In Detroit, a new program is offering homeownership for just $1 per square foot to marginalized and vulnerable people, including those who are unhoused, people with disabilities, or the formerly incarcerated. After pr...

The Seattle Times

Claudia Rowe

5 April 2019

Spokane, Washington, United States

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Keeping families together eases the burden on the foster care system and reduces issues such as homelessness and substance abuse in the long term. Former foster children in Spokane, Washington, end up relying heavily ...

The New York Times

David Brooks

4 April 2019

Canada

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Canada's poverty level has decreased by at least 20% between 2015 and 2017, helped in part due to a new methodology in solving poverty. Rather than disincentivizing collaboration, advocates got together to create comm...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Siobhan Gleason

29 March 2019

United States

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As part of efforts to get all students reading at grade level in elementary school, a nonprofit has provided 18 million free print dictionaries to students in the U.S. and around the world, many of whom don't have rea...

The Hechinger Report

Tara Garcia Mathewson

14 March 2019

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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The Kansas City school district and a group of local nonprofits are implementing a new software management system that will allow partners to access student data from a range of sources. The data-sharing agreement wil...

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Edward Siddons

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13 March 2019

Denmark

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Every year, the sixth week of classes in Denmark is dedicated to sex education. Over 20,000 teachers and 400,000 students participate in programming that goes beyond the basics to challenge participants to analyze gen...

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Madhvi Ramani

13 March 2019

Berlin, Germany

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In Berlin, the Readiness for Digital Integration School (ReDI) is training refugees in coding skills. The program not only empowers refugee students and helps to fill the many empty information technology positions in...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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7 March 2019

Austin, Texas, United States

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After learning her home city of Austin, Texas ranked the 48th most charitable city in the country despite its strong economy, Patsy Woods Martin launched I Live Here I Give Here (ILHIGH) in 2007 to encourage Austinite...

The New York Times

Courtney E. Martin

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26 February 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Instead of simply prioritizing growth, nonprofits need to implement carefully sized solutions with consideration to the longevity of their model. The closure of the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, California, d...

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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...

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Adele Peters

19 February 2019

United States

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A grantmaking organization known as The Solutions Project seeks to diversify the traditional white male-dominated world of philanthropy by pledging to invest 95% of its resources in renewable energy projects led by pe...

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...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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12 February 2019

United States

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The lack of technology and app solutions for social problems is beginning to change thanks to the help of a growing group of technology accelerators (also called incubators) aimed at tech companies focused on social i...

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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...

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Jared Brey

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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...

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Adele Peters

7 February 2019

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A new mobile app called Tarjimly connects refugees with much needed translation services, especially in times of emergency. With over 8,000 volunteer translators who speak over 90 languages, the adaptable app can brea...

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.

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...

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Eillie Anzilotti

24 January 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Several large philanthropic organizations, like the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Ford Foundation, are pooling resources to address San Francisco's severe housing crisis. The funds will go to local non-profits wh...

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Mark Wessel

24 January 2019

Buffalo, New York, United States

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In western New York, local bike advocacy groups have found power in numbers, banding together to gradually convince their governments to expand cycling access and communities to change their attitudes toward cyclists....

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 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...

Daily Emerald

Ryan Nguyen

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7 January 2019

Oregon, United States

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The Oregon Promise, which will pay a portion of an in-state student's tuition towards one of Oregon's community colleges, has been a game changer for some undocumented, first-generation, and low-income students. While...

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