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The New York Times

Courtney E. Martin

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8 May 2019

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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A pilot program in Jackson, Mississippi is providing a cohort of 20 single black mothers with a guaranteed income of $1000 a month as part of their "radical resident-driven approach." While the experiment is still in ...

WBEZ News

Linda Lutton

8 May 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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A new food hall in the South Side of Chicago offers three African American chefs the opportunity to open a local, thriving business. The food hall, operated by a local nonprofit, brings healthy and creative cuisine to...

Inside Philanthropy

Julia Travers

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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...

KQED

Lauren Sommer

22 April 2019

California, United States

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Richer soil not only retains more water and minerals, it also trap carbon from the atmosphere absorbed by plants. As California works to meet its carbon neutral goal, the state is enlisting farmers in its climate chan...

PBS NewsHour

Marcia Biggs

30 March 2019

Rivera Hernandez, Honduras

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Residents of Rivera Hernandez, Honduras are trying to improve their community in a district that’s under gang control. One such effort is a vocational school to train children and adults in electricity and solar energ...

WGME

David Singer

26 March 2019

Portland, Maine, United States

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As an effort to bolster the economy and help teenagers join the workforce, the Maine Department of Labor launched a pilot program that gives organizations stipends for hiring teenagers into the seasonal workforce. Whi...

Pacific Standard

Alissa Greenberg

20 March 2019

Calais, France

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For many refugees living in camps and on the move, mobile phones can be a life line to families and the outside world. Phones can help organize political activities, arrange medical supplies, and so much more. But alt...

The New York Times

Matthew Desmond

21 February 2019

Emeryville, United States

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Economists have often debated the positives of a higher minimum wage in the United States as a matter of productivity, profits, and losses but in this article, Matthew Desmond explores another way that the success of...

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 Huffington Post

Laura Paddison

8 February 2019

Finland

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In Finland, preliminary results from the country's first experiments with Universal Basic Income are being released - and while impacts on employment rates are still up in the air, providing a basic income seemed to i...

Next City

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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Suzanne Biegel

30 January 2019

London, United Kingdom

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Gender-based impact investing, or supporting women's economic empowerment through investing in women-owned businesses, is not only the domain of the private sector. Given the scale of government business activities, t...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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29 January 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Pennsylvania State Treasurer Joe Torsella launched two initiatives to help middle income families save money. The first is an awareness campaign called You Earned it Philly, which aims to encourage the over 50,000 peo...

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...

FastCompany

Ben Paynter

4 January 2019

Puerto Rico, United States

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Nonprofit organization Direct Relief is providing financial assistance to organizations and communities struck by natural disasters or extreme poverty, in addition to traditional goods like medicines, vaccines, and eq...

Mother Jones

Katia Savchuk

1 January 2019

Juneau, Alaska, United States

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In Alaska, the Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) program, which is meant to provide $1600 to every resident who has lived in Alaska for at least a year, has been proven to reduce poverty and increase quality of life; the ...

Apolitical

Fergus Peace

30 November 2018

Burkina Faso

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A pilot of a cash transfer program in rural Burkina Faso not only produced valuable research but, by involving government officials from the get-go, developed local expertise that was invaluable for the later launch o...

Ensia

John Vidal

29 November 2018

Zambia

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The UN's Green Climate Fund is a mechanism through which money for climate adaptation and mitigation is distributed globally. But funding for renewable energy goes overwhelmingly to wealthier nations. Without more fun...

Next City

Gregory Scruggs

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19 October 2018

Lafayette, Louisiana, United States

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Layette is replatforming itself to embrace local culture over a dangerous oil dependency. CREATE, a voter-approved initiative in the city, funds cultural events and festivals to create new economic drivers and to prom...

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Audrey F. Henderson

18 October 2018

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Funded by earmarking hotel and motel occupancy taxes, the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission is funding projects focused on telling the story of the regions people and places. Through this process, the Arts Commission...

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...

The New York Times

Marc Gunther

11 September 2018

Matinza, Rwanda

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Direct cash transfers to poor people in developing countries is a newer way to spend foreign aid dollars. GiveDirectly is the prominent charity who pioneered this method of giving cash as a form of aid, with the ratio...

The Huffington Post

David Dayen

28 August 2018

Juneau, Alaska, United States

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In Alaska, a highly popular version of Basic Income gives residents between $1000 and $3000 a month. Although this wealth fund, and similar ones in countries like Norway, have been considered, critics argue that it wo...

Public Radio International

Yam Kumari Kandel

28 August 2018

Nepal

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The “Save the Daughter” campaign is helping families in Nepal with the economic struggle they face when mother’s give birth to females. That’s because, families with girls have to pay the wedding dowry, a cumbersome e...

Apolitical

Alia Shahzad

17 August 2018

Chile

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Chile supports women-owned enterprises by including gender criteria in all government purchasing. The country also offers mentorship and management training opportunities, which has led to the creation of a networking...

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