David Leckey runs the Orton Family Foundation, which helps communities find solutions to problems like slowing growth and infrastructure breakdown. The guiding principle of his vision: Community-building.
Internationally acclaimed artist Paul Goodnight uses his paintbrush to help communities see their issues in a new light. Over the course of his prolific career, he's started charities, led art therapy, and created influential public works.
Each year, hundreds of thousands visit Utah’s 2002 Olympic venues. One person they can thank for the chance is Colin Hilton, who makes sure the sprawling athletic complex is accessible to everyone – not just professional athletes.
Sharon Tennison has been credited with helping to break the cold-war ice. And her mission isn’t over: She thinks the official rhetoric on both sides today is harsher than it was at the depths of the cold war.
“Who knows how you get a horse to trot?” Dale Perkins asks the campers. “You slap the reins!” yells 11-year-old Schneider. “No, that’s only in the movies," says Mr. Perkins. “You just have to ask them. Trot, Derby.”
Coping mechanisms can hide adult illiteracy – a problem linked to higher poverty and health-care costs. But even after cuts in government funding, one literacy nonprofit in Arkansas, led by Sara Drew, has grown.
Those aging out of the foster care system can face myriad challenges. Ken Mullner has been a key figure in efforts to make sure that every child’s yearning for a loving, supportive family is fulfilled.
Too frequently, bail doesn't work the way it was intended. Robin Steinberg has launched an initiative that is drawing attention to this often-overlooked issue, with a plan to bail out 160,000 people in the US.
Lucio Usobiaga is the main person behind the resurgence. His efforts show how an area that has evolved from its beginnings can make a return – and do so in an innovative way that benefits a range of people.
Challenges associated with the environment can often seem bigger than one person can handle. But Magdalena Ayed is showing how each person – schoolchildren included – can have a role in addressing issues.
Although immigration can be a hot-button political topic, this story takes a more personal approach, looking at how some farmers have improved operations by getting to know their foreign workers better.
The Rev. Patrick Desbois didn’t set out to be an expert in the methods of genocide. But he was drawn to find answers about mass graves left by Nazi firing squads, and he’s taken up the plight of Yazidis in Iraq.
Hurricane Maria upended Puerto Rico, along with its fishing industry. Raimundo Espinoza Chirinos's project cleans up the storm's hidden damage on the ocean floor by tapping into local fishermen's skills.
In addition to running his family’s sugar-cane mill conglomerate, Nonn Panitvong is among Thailand’s most intrepid naturalists. Thanks to him, Thai nature lovers from all walks of life can pool their knowledge via a website.