From job training for public officials and youths to helping farmers market their crops, nonprofit Civitas works in many directions to improve lives in Romania.
Britain's Magic Me links children and teens with senior citizens through joint arts projects.
Sustainable Harvest pays smallholder coffee farmers a premium price while sharing with them its knowledge of the coffee business. Farmers learn how the coffee supply chain works – right up to the consumer's cup.
A small but growing number of organizations in India are tackling gender-based violence at its root, making men a central part of the solution.
In Portland, Ore., immigrants and other restaurant workers open food trucks to build businesses. And residents get the best fast food they've ever had.
The young architect built shiny yellow lockers with shelves and a place to hang clothes. They also serve as a postal address: Letters can be inserted through an outer slot.
Artist Christine Destrempes uses participatory art projects to raise awareness of a precious commodity – water.
Rice demand is growing and climate change threatens this important food source. But a system of intensified cultivation may boost yields dramatically without the need for more expensive hybrid seeds, chemical fertilizers, and pesticides.
Mawuvio's (God's Children) Outreach Programme in Ghana provides educational and developmental services to street children who can't afford the fees to attend government schools.
Groups like AgriDjalo, a small company focused on growing rice, are looking to start projects in Senegal that use urban biomass (primarily human waste) to fertilize fields.
Philadelphia is home to more than 40,000 vacant properties. A new land bank could help get them back on the tax roles and improve neighborhoods.
Built on a vision of providing high-quality ambulance services to the poor, Ziqitza operates more than 800 ambulances and is expanding rapidly, eying markets outside India.
In northern New England nonprofit firewood banks rely on the generosity of volunteers to cut, split, and pile up wood that those in need use to warm their homes.
Maureen Forrest began The Hope Foundation to support the street children of Kolkata, India, sustaining more than 60 projects in health, education, and vocational training.
Joyce and Ted Kruse operate their nonprofit group Neighbors Near & Far from their Baltimore basement, aiding both a local food bank and orphanages in Haiti.
She cofounded OvidiuRo, a nonprofit group dedicated to helping severely impoverished children in Romania succeed in school.
Despite the Philippines' long Christian tradition, the Tzu Chi Foundation, a Taiwanese Buddhist charity, is winning many thank yous in devastated Tacloban.
Social-impact bonds offer investors a more direct connection between the dollars they invest and the impact they have on a social problem.
In Kenya, 43 percent of the GDP flows through M-Pesa, which gives 'unbanked' poor people access to basic financial services via mobile phones, fundamentally improving their lives.
Biogas plants, in which bacteria convert animal dung into methane gas, produce fuel for cooking and lighting, saving trees from being cut for firewood.