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The Land

Lee Chilcote

Conor Morris

25 August 2020

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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With 75 micro-grants totaling $200,000, community organizations in Cleveland encourage people to complete the census in innovative ways. The Cleveland Caravan, or La Caravana, is a collaborative effort where trucks pl...

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...

North Carolina Health News

Liora Engel-Smith

21 May 2020

Robbinsville, North Carolina, United States

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With the help of a program that enables churches to assess the needs of their community and create solutions, one reverend in North Carolina was able to provide a lifeline: internet access. Rural communities like his ...

CALmatters

Mikhail Zinshteyn

7 May 2020

California, United States

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During COVID-19, community college foundations in California are stepping up to support their undocumented students who haven't benefited from stimulus payments under the CARES Act, providing direct payments as well a...

The Daily Record

Emily Morgan

24 March 2020

Wooster, Ohio, United States

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In Wayne County, the local Wayne County Community Foundation teamed up with other local private foundations to establish the Wayne County Emergency Response Fund, which provides money and support to nonprofit organiza...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

4 December 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Evaluating evidence of an organization’s impact informs charitable giving. Ratings organizations like ImpactMatters and Charity Navigator provide transparency to donors by reporting on the effectiveness of charities a...

The Connecticut Mirror

Mark Pazniokas

30 October 2019

Connecticut, United States

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The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving granted $448,400 to 20 community organizations to support voter registration and the census. Connecticut did not earmark any money in the state budget for the census. Public l...

Richland Source

Larry Phillips

29 October 2019

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Public art adds value to communities that have experienced decline in recent decades. In towns like Mansfield and Marietta, Ohio, public art plays a positive role. Murals created by groups like Mansfield Murals Inc., ...

Oregon Live

Casey Chaffin

13 September 2019

Minnesota, United States

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In the Twin Cities area, community mental health and wellness professionals have made it a priority to develop a pipeline of clinicians of color and create programming specific to residents of cultural and ethnic mino...

WGME-TV

David Singer

28 June 2019

Gorham, Maine, United States

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Scholarships and grants can help students who are looking to being their careers after high school to succeed. In Maine, the Maine Blue Collar Scholar Fund provides financial support to high school graduates who wish ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

5 June 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The city of Philadelphia has been experimenting and iterating on the development of a Juvenile Justice Hub – a program that would transform interactions between the city’s youth and the police. The Hub is in the testi...

Quartz

Annabelle Timsit

5 May 2019

United States

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The average American family spends more than two hours at the local laundromat. The Clinton Foundation and other partners have set up "Reading & Play Spaces" in 250 laundromats across the country to encourage literacy...

Inside Philanthropy

Julia Travers

24 April 2019

Ghana

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Nine philanthropic organizations, including Plan International and Comic Relief, make up the With and For Girls Collective, which asks teenage girls worldwide to select girl-led initiatives to fund, a process known as...

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...

FastCompany

Ben Paynter

19 March 2019

United States

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A new charity app called Millie builds upon tested app dynamics like online payment services, gamification, and social networks to encourage millennials to give to charities and organizations of their choosing. Rather...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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...

FastCompany

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...

Next City

Jared Brey

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...

FastCompany

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...

Yes! Magazine

Chris Winters

27 November 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Traditionally, private foundations have been required to give away only 5% of their wealth each year. Beyond that, the majority of funds have typically been invested in Wall Street funds, sometimes funds that fundamen...

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...

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...

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...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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 ...

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