More than 1,000 visitors a year tour the nonprofit Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) in Pittsburgh in search of ideas for their own organizations. They get an eyeful. In an after-school program called Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, at-risk teenagers produce stunning ceramics, paintings, and multimedia in studios that rival the best college facilities. In its sister program, Bidwell Training Center, unemployed adults nurture hothouse orchids and cook gourmet meals to prepare for technical...

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