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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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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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Blake Nicholson

31 October 2018

Bismarck, 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...

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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...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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Deonna Anderson

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31 August 2018

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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A chef shows the "absurdity" of gentrification with a creative fundraising campaign. At one of Tunde Wey’s pop-up dinners, he charged $12 for a plate, but charged white people $30, to spark up conversations about raci...

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Danika Worthington

13 August 2018

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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With a shortage of women pursuing careers within the sciences, a program based out of University of Colorado, Boulder is looking to tip the scales. Implemented by two female graduate students, Girls of Rock is open to...

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Andrea Diaz

10 August 2018

Michigan, United States

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Donating frequent flyer miles is a powerful way to help people experiencing disaster. Miles4Migrants, which typically transports Syrian refugee families, is using crowdsourced miles to reunite migrant families separat...

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Maudlyne Ihejirika

8 August 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Black firefighters in Chicago launched the nation's first organization aimed at mentoring young men and women of color and helping them prepare for the firefighters exam. It's a way to combat inner city violence and ...

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Rachel Cernansky

17 July 2018

Harlandville, Liberia

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To succeed at international development, consult the locals. It seems obvious, but too many failed development projects show community buy-in is not the biggest priority. Two groups are leading the way to change this....

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Samantha Melamed

10 July 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A couple created a nonprofit in Philadelphia to make micro grants for those who need small amounts to pay off medical bills or legal fees so they can move on with their lives. The effort garnered modest donations, inc...

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Kara Swisher

25 June 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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A fundraiser called “Reunite an immigrant parent with their child” raised $19 million in one week for the Texas nonprofit RAICES. Creators Charlotte and Dave Willner say almost half a million people have donated via F...

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Céline Garcin

16 June 2018

Zurich, Switzerland

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As headlines of bee populations declining become the norm, two men in Zurich launched a startup that aims to not only raise public awareness and interest in cultivating the bee population, but also provides communitie...

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Elle Hunt

25 May 2018

Helmond, North Brabant, Netherlands

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A city in Holland known for its lead-footed drivers is finding success in changing behavior by offering small increments of funding for each car that stays at or below the speed limit. The initial effort raised 500 e...

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Lucy Purdy

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10 May 2018

London, England

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In south London, a crowdfunded campaign by residents has brought a "Library of Things" to the neighborhood where people can rent out items like lawn mowers and pressure cookers for affordable rates. The project began ...

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Anoush Darabi

8 May 2018

Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom

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Governments in the United Kingdom, the United States, and elsewhere use crowdfunded donations to restore historic areas and fund new developments. The approach can build democratic participation and community cohesion...

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Jeremy B. Merrill

26 April 2018

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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Finding campaign supporters can get creative in the age of social media. Arizona democrat Hiral Tipirneni solicited donations from Facebook users who liked the pages of liberal icons Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gilli...

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