If Harry Potter were a real person, he’d fight child labor, voter suppression, and poverty. Here are several ways Harry's fans have taken his values from the books and movies into the real world.
An after-school music program in Michigan received a surprise $20,000 gift that will help it go forward as a free educational opportunity for elementary and middle-school students.
When college students Griffin Thall and Paul Goodman visited Costa Rica, they saw an opportunity to market Pura Vida bracelets that would create local jobs and fund charitable groups.
A shoe factory located just outside a prison in El Salvador is an act of love, a way to help former convicts stay out of prison.
EcoZoom stoves reduce fuel use by 50 percent to 60 percent and toxic emissions by 70 percent, while cutting cooking time in half, which allows women to spend more time gardening and tending to children.
Aid groups have shifted their focus from charity to building local markets for the poor so that they become buyers, sellers, and agents of long-term economic development.
After Indian Valley, Calif., lost its sixth teenager, residents started talking about suicide out in the open – and it's working.
As Americans, we should help people grow their own food and become their own solutions to food insecurity, the way we've done with Grow Appalachia.
After retiring from legal work Olga Murray took on a new task: educating the children, especially the girls, of Nepal.
Mayor Jeff Crockett and others try to change the image of Harrison, Ark., a town that once told African-Americans they were neither welcome nor safe there.
A $15 million gift from GE will build a new community center in Newtown, Conn., the scene of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.
Denver-based nonprofit Bridges to Prosperity builds footbridges to provide isolated communities in the developing world with access to health care, education, and economic opportunities.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation has quickly become one of the largest and most efficient nonprofits in the world, serving 330 million hot meals to schoolchildren in India each year.
The China AIDS Fund fosters friendships between HIV/AIDS affected children in China and American youths.
A young Swedish Muslim, Siavosh Derakhti, has founded a group that educates young people about the evils and dangers of anti-Semitism, racism, and xenophobia.
Vicki Thomas put her 35 years of experience to work, raising millions of dollars for Purple Heart Homes, which provides housing for wounded soldiers.
The APCA ranks schools on 25 factors, including how well they take care of their athletes, to help prospective student athletes choose wisely.
Katey Sagal joined Kurt Sutter and other 'Sons of Anarchy' cast members to raise $70,000 for hurricane Sandy relief organizations. Katey Sagal also released a new album.
Make cash donations to groups that have experience with disaster relief and an existing presence in the Philippines, recommends an expert. And remember that long-term help will be needed too.
In Uganda, Rwanda, and the Philippines mobile banking vans reach out to the rural poor as an alternative to cell phone banking schemes.