Books to Prisoners, a nonprofit group that sends free reading material to prisoners across the United States, operates on a shoestring but with dogged determination.
'Give it up for Gulu' began as a simple fundraiser by a stay-at-home mom but became a long-term passionate project aimed at building a pre-school in Uganda.
Points of Light is sponsoring One America, an effort to get people of all political, social, and religious backgrounds to work together as volunteers on 'roll up your sleeves' projects.
Children whose parents talk to them about giving are 20 percent more likely to give than those whose parents don’t, a recent study finds.
Satellite imagery allows Amnesty International to gather critical data quickly and without putting witnesses or researchers in danger.
John Dennis Liu says humans can stop destroying their planet. He's documented ecological restoration projects around the world to prove it.
SolePower’s shoe insert converts walking energy into electrical power, a potential game-changer in the developing world, where many people now have cell phones but poor access to electricity.
At an intensive six-week session in Portland, Ore., this summer 18 students studied ways to create jobs and resolve conflicts in their home communities.
Residents of a Phnom Penh neighborhood have had their land taken away by the government. Protesters like Yorm Bopha, a young mother, are trying to do something about it.
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.