Nonprofit Innovators

Video Makers, Restaurants Give to Social Enterprises When You Buy

Social entrepreneurs benefit with affiliate donations

Some ingenious and generous businesses have found creative ways to contribute to the work of social entrepreneurs and nonprofits when you choose to support their businesses. This one-for-you one-for-them approach to corporate social responsibility not only makes your purchases more fun, it makes them more community beneficial, too. Halfsies Restaurants to Donate to Nonprofits, Social…

How to Start an Online Platform that Matches Students with Mentors [VIDEO]

Working almost like a dating service for mentors and college students, StudentMentor is a nonprofit organization that helps to match people up to enhance the education process for anyone interested. Ashkon Jafari is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of StudentMentor and has tons of wisdom to impart to those interested in discovering the ins and…

Corals For Conservation: Creating Sustainable Livelihoods With Coral Reef Conservation


Corals For Conservation is an innovative non-profit organization that seeks to restore coral reefs while improving the livelihood of local communities. Founded in Fiji in 1999, Corals For Conservation now works in Samoa, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica as well. Coral reefs are among the most diverse ecosystems on Earth. Though they cover less…

Restore NYC and Hello Rewind: Eco-friendly Products Made by Formerly Trafficked Women

Hello Rewind logo

The main statistic that greets you on the homepage of Hello Rewind, a social enterprise partnering with an organization in New York City called Restore NYC, is sobering – over 100,000 women are sex trafficked each day. The second statistic is slightly less sobering, the impact is no less real – over 16,000 tons of…

City Fruit: Fighting Hunger With Fruit Trees


City Fruit is an innovative local charity working in Seattle, Washington to help residential fruit tree owners grow healthy fruit, harvest and use what they can, and share what they don’t need. Why Fruit Trees? With all the urgent problems facing the world, it may seem a little odd to focus on an organization that…

READ Global: Building Libraries for Rural Development


READ Global is an innovative non-profit organization founded in 1991 that works to rebuild rural communities in Nepal, India, and Bhutan. Every month, 5 million people flee rural villages in search of a better life in cities, but most find themselves living in squalid slums instead. There they may contribute to problems such as water…

Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital: Restoring Women’s Health and Dignity

Some of the residents of Desta Mender, the long term care facility

The Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital is an innovative non-for-profit hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia that treats obstetric fistula, a humiliating and unsanitary condition caused by prolonged or obstructed labor. What Is Obstetric Fistula? Cesarean sections have become so common in industrialized societies that many patients, doctors, and other health professionals consider them to be overused….

Social Entrepreneur + Non-Profit Innovation = MadCap Cafe for Meaningful Employment

MadCap Cafe Fountain Gate Cafe Manager Silvia Sieber with Ermha MadCap Cafe Team Member John Spencer with his proud Mum

Sometimes the goals of for-profit companies and non-profit organisations are well-aligned, but can they work together on joint social enterprises to accomplish shared dreams? We talked to Anthony Cheeseman, social entrepreneur and project manager for Ermha’s MadCap Cafe, a for-profit/not-for-profit joint venture that seeks to provide meaningful employment for people with cognitive delays. We wanted…

The Barefoot College: Empowering the Rural Poor


The Barefoot College is an innovative non-profit organization inspired by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi to provide a better life for the world’s rural poor through practical education and appropriate technology. Along the way, they have empowered women, improved environmental sustainability, and spread the principles of cooperative community problem-solving to hundreds of thousands of people…

Trees For the Future: Fighting Poverty and Climate Change With Agroforestry

Planting trees in Haiti

Trees For the Future is an innovative nonprofit organization that fights poverty, hunger, land degradation, and global climate change through agroforestry. What They Do Agroforestry is the practice of combining trees and shrubs with crops or livestock in order to create more sustainable and productive agricultural systems. One of the simplest and most familiar agroforestry…

Amazon Conservation Team: Preserving Indigenous Cultures and Lands With GPS and Google Maps

A sample ethnographic map created with the help of ACT

The Amazon Conservation Team (ACT) is an innovative non-profit organization that uses modern technology to preserve traditional indigenous wisdom and lands. What They Do Founded by ethnobotanist Mark Plotkin and Costa Rican conservationist Liliana Madrigal, the Amazon Conservation Team uses GPS and Google Maps to create detailed ethnographic maps of indigenous territories in the Amazon…

Energy in Common: Fighting Energy Poverty With Microfinance


Microfinance is one of the hottest trends in social entrepreneurship right now and microfinance organizations such as Kiva, the Grameen Foundation, and ACCION have been producing amazing results in the flight against global poverty. The success of microfinance has led to a growing number of niche microfinance organizations offering microloans to help people tackle specific…

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