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Christian Science Monitor

Christopher Bendana

28 February 2019

Kikarara, Uganda

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The Ugandan government is shifting tourist dollars to focus on rural education, dedicating 20% of money spent in safari tourism on developing schools in rural communities. While the country has been working for years ...

The New York Times

Courtney E. Martin

26 February 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Instead of simply prioritizing growth, nonprofits need to implement carefully sized solutions with consideration to the longevity of their model. The closure of the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco, California, d...

Ensia

Nate Berg

26 February 2019

Aulander, North Carolina, United States

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North Carolina’s Roanoke Electric Cooperative is helping members bring down energy costs. Because the energy costs in this area is due to a lack of energy efficiency, the cooperative offers tariffed on-billing to help...

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Zoe Sullivan

6 February 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Organizations across the country work to make sustainable solar energy accessible for low-income communities. Through creative financing models that allow community members to maintain ownership over their neighborhoo...

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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...

Blue Ridge Outdoors

Elizabeth McGowan

8 January 2019

Ashcamp, Kentucky, United States

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While waiting on $1 billion of federal money to help address repercussions from a century of coal mining, communities in Kentucky and other Appalachian towns create their own solutions. Chapters of the Black Lung soci...

Yes! Magazine

Deonna Anderson

2 January 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In a post-Standing Rock economic era, cities like Seattle and Philadelphia look to the Bank of North Dakota as an example of a successful public banking structure. While public banking is a large undertaking for many ...

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Susan de Witt

30 November 2018

Cape Town, South Africa

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Social impact bonds are providing a relatively new way of improving health and education outcomes in developing countries. While these have been used successfully in the developing world, South Africa is relatively ne...

Ensia

Ucilia Wang

16 October 2018

Cantonment, Florida, United States

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Across the country, projects that mine landfills for reusable metals and soils are underway. Can such mining prove profitable enough to spur similar efforts on a grand scale? So far, some projects have seen profits wh...

Los Angeles Times

Doug Smith

19 July 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In an attempt to increase housing for the homeless in L.A. in a financially sustainable way, FlyAway Homes has started several projects to build homeless housing supported by private investment. Fifty six investors wi...

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Oscar Perry Abello

11 July 2018

Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

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Southern Bancorp is a regional bank based in Little Rock, Arkansas and is a member of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values. Founded after the financial crisis in 2009, the Alliance shows that values-based banks, ...

FastCompany

Ben Paynter

19 June 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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Newday Investing is a an app that allows people to begin impact investing with as little as $5. While attempting to engage millennials in socially-conscious investing, the investment firm is hoping small investments w...

Governing

Laurie Mazur

25 May 2018

United States

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Environmental impact bonds allow cities, sometimes even community members, to share the risk and rewards with investors that are backing innovative possible solutions to big problems. This plan allows for large-scale ...

Yes! Magazine

Chris Winters

8 May 2018

United States

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Buying a house with 8 other people, tiny houses, forming a homeowners association to buy land, and community land trust’s are all different options people are taking to find alternate forms of housing that are afforda...

Inquirer

Mark Anthony D. Toldo

22 April 2018

Philippines

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In the Phillipines, Fishers & Changemakers, Inc. pushes for sustainable fishing and is also making a profit. It works with 145 small-scale fishermen and 70 women who naturally process the fish spanning seven fishing c...

The Guardian

Aditya Chakrabortty

14 March 2018

Glasgow, United Kingdom

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The owners of Novograf, a UK-based marketing company, faced a challenge when they were ready to retire. They did not want to sell their company and risk a relocation of the factory, which would take away jobs from the...

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...

The Guardian

Aditya Chakrabortty

31 January 2018

Preston, England

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The city of Preston, northern England, models a new local procurement plan after an initiative in Cleveland, Ohio that keeps money spent by large community institutions, like hospitals and schools, within the local ec...

Yes! Magazine

Amy Roe

27 November 2017

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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Across the United States, organizations like Southerners on New ground and the Bronx Freedom Fund are posting bail for individuals facing low-level offenses who cannot afford it on their own. Such initiatives have gai...

Clean Energy Finance Forum

Abhilasha Purwar

3 July 2017

United States

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Barriers, such as lack of standardization and information dispersion, are preventing market development for global financing of energy-efficient projects. The Inter-American Development Bank's Energy Savings Insurance...

FastCompany

Ben Paynter

1 July 2017

New York, New York, United States

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Traditional models of non-profit funding - as well as antiquated perceptions that create public pressure to limit overhead spending in philanthropic initiatives - has created an unsustainable, impossible-to-scale syst...

Bloomberg CityLab

Krutika Pathi

28 June 2017

New York, New York, United States

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The homeless population in NYC stands at the highest number since the Great Depression. The Bowery Residents Committee has suggested changes to how shelters emerge, run and are funded. With a focus on results-based fu...

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Dyan Machan

17 June 2017

Pokuase, Ghana

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Microfinance was widely lauded for decades as a surefire and promising way to break the cycle of poverty and uplift the economies of the developing world, especially when targeted for women. But hard data has shown th...

BBC

Dougal Shaw

3 June 2017

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Movies, books, apartments: these are all things we commonly rent. One Danish couple is adding baby clothes to the list to reduce waste.

WMOT

Jacob McCleland

23 May 2017

Madhubani, Bihar, India

Radio

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In many rural villages in Northern India and Nepal, long-standing cultural norms have relegated women to subordinate positions in marriage and minimal educational opportunities, stifling the social, agricultural and e...

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