News media accounts of Detroit's bankruptcy miss the growing industries, strong communities, and policy changes laying the foundation for the city's recovery.
Jud Kinnucan founded the Chicago area nonprofit group Bin Donated to collect useful items that businesses might have thrown away and give them to those in need.
Kyoko Okutani heads Women's World Banking Japan, part of a growing network of female entrepreneurs in a male-dominated country.
The Tenda Atacado Group provides products, credit, and learning opportunities that support entrepreneurs at the Base of the Pyramid – the poorest of the poor.
Motor City Blight Busters is fighting to bring Detroit back one abandoned building and one vacant lot at a time. The nonprofit demolishes abandoned buildings that are beyond repair, renovates homes, and cleans up parks and illegal dump sites.
Low-income families can benefit themselves and the environment by moving into energy-efficient manufactured homes, says the founder of Next Step.
Khanyisile Motsa is 'mother' to a very large family – 62 orphaned girls at her Johannesburg, South Africa, 'Home of Hope' orphanage.
YouthBuild has helped 120,000 low-income high school dropouts produce more than 23,000 units of affordable housing while studying for their high school equivalency diploma.
Instead of taking out a college loan, students pay back the cost of their education using a portion of their earnings after graduation.
Nonprofit SCORE provides education and mentoring services to small-business owners across the US, with more than 10 million clients so far.
'Fruit tree projects' are popping up all over the world, from Portland, Ore., to New Orleans to Fiji to Australia and beyond. Some distribute fruit harvests to undernourished communities; many celebrate the harvest by processing the fruit into delicacies.
The UN is turning to the power of celebrities and their social media following to raise money and awareness of international humanitarian needs.
Setting up services at an Afghan refugee camp meant creating some kind of rules. Sakena Yacoobi looked at 'what was fair, moral, and just – what we could want for ourselves. I now know that these are sometimes called universal principles of law.'
Much like the Amish tradition of barn raising, a Permablitz is a way of bringing the community together.
Colorful crutches decorated by Genevieve Finn and her family are being sported by wounded warriors, children, and others.
Hilton has become the second US-based, multibrand hospitality company to sign the ECPAT Tourism Code of Conduct, supporting its voluntary principles to prevent child sex tourism and trafficking.
Women in developing countries 'hold the key' to their futures, Lynne Patterson says. Her nonprofit Pro Mujer helps them find it.
In Pune, India, a city that suffered a waste disposal crisis in 2010, an alliance of waste pickers has established an inclusive, sustainable model for solid waste management that presents a potential blueprint for the future.
The 39-foot Ceres – built by volunteers – is an update on the type of cargo vessels that once plied inland waterways throughout the northeastern US.
Baby boomers (born 1946-1960) give 43 percent of all the money contributed to charities by individuals. But millennials (born 1981-1995) believe more fervently in volunteering, a new study finds.