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Grist

Adrienne Day

30 October 2020

United States

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Prime Coalition is financing clean tech startups and climate-focused technologies that often don’t get a lot of funding. These technologies can be expensive to build and don’t generate profits immediately. So far, the...

The Washington Post

Katherine Ellison

14 October 2020

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Philanthropies are funding “tough tech” startups that are developing technologies to cut greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change. Since 2014, the nonprofit Prime Coalition has channeled mor...

Bloomberg CityLab

Sarah Holder

28 February 2020

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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In an attempt to spur the economy and reverse years of a declining population, Tulsa, Oklahoma is paying remote workers $10,000 to live in the city for a year. The carefully-selected 100 members of this project, known...

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...

Pioneers Post

Anna Patton

7 June 2019

London, United Kingdom

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A nonprofit initiative called the Impact Management Project identified ways to measure impact in the nonprofit and social enterprise worlds. Using intense crowdsourcing and measurement of their own success, the initia...

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 ...

Wisconsin Watch

Emily Hamer

31 March 2019

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

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Although achieving higher levels of voter turnout will require more comprehensive and long-term solutions, investments targeted at voter registration campaigns can still have tangible benefits in the short-term. NextG...

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...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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...

The 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 Atlantic

Alana Semuels

2 August 2018

Stockton, California, United States

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Stockton is courting philanthropists by billing itself as a budding hub of innovation for fighting poverty. The city is mitigating the risks of tapping private foundations to fund city services by identifying target p...

The Guardian

Helen Pidd

4 July 2018

Salford, United Kingdom

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A multi-millionaire has poured money into his home suburb of Irlam, buying up empty stores, funding public art projects, and supporting the town center, sports center, health clinic, and train station. Employment is u...

NPR

Catalina Jaramillo

2 July 2018

Peach Bottom, Pennsylvania, United States

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Cows will produce the same amount of milk no matter the demand for the product, and with supply staying steady and demand decreasing, a surplus of milk is thrown out routinely. Through a collaborative effort by farmer...

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Catherine Cheney

27 April 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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Ultra high net worth individuals are giving money to philanthropic causes in new ways. The international development community can engage these potential donors by approaching them as partners, using data to demonstra...

Forbes

Kerry A. Dolan

12 March 2018

Bamako, Mali

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By the time sick kids reach a clinic, it can be too late. Through home visits, community health workers in Mali are spotting early signs of malaria, pneumonia, diarrheal disease, and malnutrition and providing treatme...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

6 March 2018

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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In cases where funding is short for social programs, social impact bonds are becoming an increasingly appealing funding mechanism. Private investors and philanthropic institutions invest money upfront to fund a social...

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Virginia Gewin

30 January 2018

United States

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The advancement of technology has created the capability to consider solutions never before possible. Conservation X Labs, a startup based in Washington, D.C., has committed their focused on marrying the worlds of con...

NPR

Amy Yee

8 December 2017

Ghana

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Investment in African agriculture has wide-ranging impact because the industry provides 60 percent of employment in the continent. Injaro, founded by an investment banker, is a private equity fund that seeks to invest...

FastCompany

Ben Paynter

5 June 2017

Redwood City, California, United States

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The resources needed to tackle some of the world's most pressing social and environmental problems - from poverty to climate change to inequality - are generally far beyond the reach of governments and traditional phi...

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Gemma Newby

Sahar Zand

23 May 2017

Cap-Haïtien, Department of Nord, Haiti

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Eight million metric tons of plastic waste ends up in the ocean every year, including in Haiti where it litters the beaches and causes sanitation issues. A social entrepreneur from Executives Without Borders partnered...

Christian Science Monitor

Ryan Lenora Brown

11 December 2016

Maseru, Lesotho

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The approach of giving cash straight to poor people - rather than funneling goods or services indirectly through the slow, diluted, and complex systems of charities or governments - is nothing new, but evidence of lon...

Forbes

Kerry A. Dolan

30 November 2016

San Francisco, California, United States

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For the superrich and the biggest U.S. charitable foundations, donating to universities, hospitals and cultural institutions is the norm. Less common are donations targeted at "social change" such as alleviating pover...

Forbes

Nish Acharya

3 May 2016

Mumbai, India

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There is a substantial argument for increased involvement of private companies in venture philanthropy. Unlike large government bodies and NGOs, private companies are more nimble and experienced when it comes to strat...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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...

Reuters

Dean Karlan

17 June 2015

Korom, Ethiopia

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For years, policymakers have debated different approaches to helping the poor , but new data offers resounding evidence for a strategy that works: an approach known as a “Graduation” program. This method offers partic...

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