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Sonja Hutson

20 May 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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In Oakland, CA, two men deemed the Pothole Vigilantes have paired up to fix every pothole in the city. Made possible by crowdfunding the venture, the two have now developed public meetups to teach others how to fix po...

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Daniele Selby

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13 May 2019

United States

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Across the United States, the National Bail Out collective has been paying the bail for black mothers – and caregivers – who are often left out of conversations on criminal justice. Since 2017, the black-led collabora...

TheGrio

Natasha S. Alford

11 May 2019

Maryland, United States

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Across the United States, Black Mama’s Bail out bailed out hundreds of black women in time for Mother’s Day. The organization accepts donations to pay bail for women cannot afford it on their own as part of their larg...

NBC News

Erin Evans

11 May 2019

United States

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Community organizing groups around the country have mobilized to get black mothers out of prison. The initiative #FreeBlackMamas has raised over $1 million dollars in donations since 2017 and comes as a growing respon...

Global Citizen

Daniele Selby

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10 May 2019

United States

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The Black Mama’s Bail Out initiative, part of the National Bail Out community organization collective, has bailed out hundreds of black mothers and caregivers across the United States. The black-led program raises mon...

The Huffington Post

Liza Ramrayka

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9 May 2019

Maynardville, Tennessee, United States

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A lack of access to basic personal hygiene necessities will hinder anyone's everyday life, but it especially impacts children that have to attend school where they are often bullied because of it. To provide these chi...

The Colorado Sun

Kevin Simpson

6 May 2019

Branson, Colorado, United States

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Innovation is the key to resilience. In Branson, Colorado, the community of only 55 residents and with volunteer town council has taken on the massive task of bringing its water system up to compliance with the Colora...

The Denver Channel

Kumasi Aaron

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24 April 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Backed by $160,000 in philanthropic donations, two laundry trucks frequent 7-8 locations in Denver, Colorado to offer laundry services for people experiencing homelessness or extreme poverty. Clean clothes are vital t...

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Gian De Poloni

16 February 2019

Perth, Australia

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Two surfers, appalled by debris they found off of Australia’s coast, crowdsourced a way to build Seabin, a floating trash collector. They are tracking and analyzing the debris collected. Though not yet a widespread s...

Yes! Magazine

Zenobia Jeffries

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5 February 2019

Louisville, United States

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In West Louisville, the local Black Lives Matter is working and crowdfunding to buy homes for low-income single mothers and and transient families - and offering homeowner, where the only expense is taxes and utilitie...

The Outline

Brandon Soderberg

30 January 2019

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Where rental stores couldn’t compete, non-profits step in to preserve physical media in the digital age. Despite promises of unlimited access to media, online streaming services have actually reduced the variety of fi...

Voz de Guanacaste

Noelia Esquivel

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21 January 2019

Hojancha, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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In 1976, the Costa Rican city Hojancha preserved only 2% of its land as forest, and as a result their water supply (the Río Nosara river basin) dried up from the lack of vegetation. Sixteen years into the crisis, two ...

Essence

Brittney Oliver

16 January 2019

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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Creating new platforms allows underrepresented and often "tokenized" artists to drive their own narrative. To address the lack of representation of Black artists in legacy institutions, an art nonprofit in Memphis, Th...

Voz de Guanacaste

Noelia Esquivel

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20 December 2018

Playa El Jobo, La Cruz, Costa Rica

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When a people in Playa El Jobo, La Cruz realized that their beaches were home to sea turtle eggs, they took action to protect the species by joining together. What started as a neighborhood effort to patrol the beache...

NPR

Danielle Preiss

8 December 2018

Varanasi, India

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A calendar featuring goats wearing warm clothing has raised thousands of dollars for local organizations in Varanasi, India. The creative gimmick draws on the power of large numbers of small donations, similar to the ...

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...

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Adam Welz

20 November 2018

Johannesburg, South Africa

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Some South African ranchers who raise rhinos legally are advocating for a block-chain currency "Rhino Coin." They argue that secure stockpiles of rhino horn could generate much needed funding for wild populations. But...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Blake Nicholson

31 October 2018

Bismarck, North Dakota, United States

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In the face of stricter voter ID rules, organizers are working to ensure that those deemed ineligible to vote in North Dakota because of their lack of street address - a group that is disproportionately Native America...

The Christian Science Monitor

Simon Montlake

26 October 2018

Hudson, Massachusetts, United States

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ROC USA, a New Hampshire nonprofit, has helped almost 15,000 mobile homes become part of cooperative ownership setups across the country. The need for this is clear. Many mobile home residents do not own the land on w...

The New York Times

Meher Ahmad

25 October 2018

Pakistan

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Under financial strain, Pakistan is asking its citizens and Pakistanis abroad to donate money to build two dams. Only $48 million of the estimated cost of $14 billion has been raised so far, yet the country’s new prim...

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Meghana Keshavan

22 October 2018

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Doctors created a therapy for one young girl's supposedly fatal disease in record time. The patient's parents worked to fund research for the drug using social media and crowd funding. The drug is working, but the res...

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Nick Fouriezos

3 October 2018

Luanda, South Africa

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A three-decade civil war left Kissama National Park in South Africa void of much of its formal animal population. To repopulate the area, officials reached out to a specialist, asking him to perform the nearly impossi...

Voz de Guanacaste

Noelia Esquivel

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18 September 2018

Nosara, Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica, a group of volunteer firefighters use donated equipment, gear, and their own cell phones to fill in a big gap in emergency services. More residents are now accustomed to calling them directly for fires ...

Crain's New York Business

Catherine Curan

14 September 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Despite the looming competition from Amazon, independent bookstores in New York are finding ways to innovate and create bookstore experiences that go beyond the books. The Lit. Bar is a bookshop-wine bar in the Bronx ...

Chalkbeat

Elaine Chen

4 September 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Since Chicago Public Schools started using the crowdfunding platform DonorsChoose.org in 2004, educators from 500 schools have collected over $20 million in donations. Most notable is that teachers are not only using ...

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