'Energy scavenging' draws on a wide array of untapped energy sources – radio waves, vibrations created by moving objects, waste heat from computers or car exhaust systems — to generate electricity.
His Ubuntu Education Fund provides intensive, long-term help to 2,000 impoverished children and their families in South Africa.
The Gift of Education event supports the St. Monica's Children's Home outside Nairobi, Kenya, and covers most of the education costs for the 44 girls who live there.
The tiny Fahamu Refugee Programme has an ambitious goal: provide lawyers and advocates around the world with the legal resources they need to win a refugee's case.
Governments and nonprofits are working together on a practical solution to homelessness through the construction of tiny-house villages.
With newspaper revenues falling billionaires are stepping in to fund reporting, either by buying existing media outlets or starting new ones.
The Trust Card, or 'un-credit card,' helps low-income borrowers shed unhealthy debt and stay out of debt while accessing affordable credit.
The MacArthur Foundation has given a financial boost to seven 'highly creative' nonprofit groups that have 'outsized impact in bringing about social change.'
eMoneyPool updates and improves on the 1,000-year-old practice of poor people pooling their savings as an informal banking system.
Let Girls Lead has provided training and services to more than 40,000 adolescent girls to foster a movement of global girl power.
Ten thousand efficient cookstoves are being delivered to communities in Darfur, saving more than 300,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions over 10 years and bringing other benefits, such as a lower cost for fuel and less smoky homes.
Retired teacher Tom McNamara travels the US handing out socks to the homeless while listening to their stories.
The Validation Project aims to put a worldwide end to bullying. The project, founded by 15-year-old Valerie Weisler, helps youths 13 to 25 change the world one person at a time.
Nonprofit Farm Rescue plants and harvests crops free of charge for farmers who have been touched by illness, injury, or a natural disaster.
She quit her job, sold her possessions, including her home, and dedicated her resources, energy, and time to New Orleans' most neglected youths.
Donations to the California nonprofit RE-Volv don't just fund one solar installation, but circulate from one project to the next.
Building on her role in negotiating a ceasefire between Muslim insurgents and the Philippines government, Irene Santiago has become an advocate for women as a vital part of any peace talks.
For more than 2 million rural villagers across South Asia, libraries provide powerful ways to learn skills, network with other women, and become agents of change.
Million Women Mentors, launched Jan. 8, will reach out to at least a million girls and young women in the next four years and support them in pursuing STEM careers and education.
With a sharp decline in pollinating insects, farmers are being encouraged to grow flowering plants that can support these important insects. It’s a fledgling movement that could help restore pollinators essential for world food production.