Harnessing the bacteria naturally occurring in water and using solar energy are just two innovations that may help bring clean drinking water to the world's poor.
The One Acre Fund provides access to microloans, training, insurance, and other hard-to-get help that boosts farmers' incomes and curbs flight from farms into cities.
The UN estimates that 1.4 billion people have no access to electricity, hurting their ability to earn a living or educate their children. But connecting to an electric grid may not be the only solution.
In Massachusetts, families in need can turn to Neighbor Brigade, a nonprofit group founded by Pam Washek that's built community by community and run by neighbors themselves.
Dina Fesler went to Afghanistan to learn how to teach U.S. students about the country. Now she's opened a school there.
The 'Kony 2012' online video, urging action against warlord Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army in Central Africa, works because it tells a simple story that makes the viewer the hero, an expert says.
Rio de Janeiro uses IBM's Smart Cities technology to coordinate its city services in real time, from responding to emergencies to unsnarling traffic.
Green revolution: Fast-track breeding is beginning to develop crops that can produce more and healthier food – without controversial genetic engineering.
These women don't hand out aid. They're creating innovative new ways for women – and men – to lift themselves out of poverty.
One year after the Japan earthquake and tsunami, a resident finds gratitude and cooperation amid the devastation.
After losing her journalist son in Somalia, Kathy Eldon started a foundation that's touched the lives of millions.
During Lent, the season of reflection, Christians around the world are focusing on being better stewards of creation.
International Women's Day (March 8) celebrates women's achievements. Innovative ideas and programs, such as the 12 below, are helping women better care for themselves and their families.
Education helped Franco Majok escape from war-torn Sudan. Now his Village Help for South Sudan has built a school there – and more.
India uses 'paraskilling,' dividing tasks into jobs requiring more or less skill, to create new job opportunities and increase productivity.
A nonprofit is cranking up production of Nourimanba, a nutritious peanut-based paste, in Haiti, where as many as 300,000 children face malnutrition.
Prison gardening programs teach inmates valuable skills, reduce recidivism, and provide those in need with fresh produce.
Conservative philanthropy once helped dispel the stereotype of conservatives as uncaring or hardhearted by developing thoughtful private approaches to alleviating poverty. Why has it been abandoned today?
Three startup companies led by prominent scientists are working on new technologies to remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. The scientific community is skeptical, but these entrepreneurs believe removing CO2 can eventually be profitable and help cool the planet.
Mountain Hazelnut Venture is planting trees, paying fair wages, and supplying customers in a triple win for corporate social responsibility.