The Bail Project began as a simple idea by Bronx public defenders to set up a fund to protect their clients from the ravages of an unfair system. Now their advocacy is part of a vanguard to overhaul US criminal justice.
After the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, the “energy rebels” of Schönau, Germany, launched a grassroots revolution in the Black Forest to take control of their community’s power.
Fund for Shared Insight is pooling the cash and convictions of 13 philanthropies to build the field of end-user feedback. The collaborative aims to help nonprofits and funders learn from and empower those they seek to help. Can its leaders become role models for the positive change they seek to create?
Will the Open Philanthropy Project’s experiment in effective altruism validate the cause or demonstrate its hubris?
North Carolina’s Project Lazarus has brought harm-reduction principles to Appalachia to address the opioid addiction crisis.
Colombia’s Comfama has brought critical economic and social services to Medellín. Can this public-private hybrid continue to bolster the country’s growing middle class?
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation has grown to become one of the world’s most well-funded foundations. But who in the Valley benefits from this largesse?
Southcentral Foundation has vastly improved Alaska Native welfare while saving on costs by using traditional healing practices.
President Obama experimented with radically new ways of maximizing the impact of social programs.
From fraternity houses in the American Midwest to villages in rural India, Breakthrough is experimenting with novel approaches to reducing violence against women and girls.