July 13, 2012 An Oakland, Calif., nonprofit group encourages low-income families to figure out for themselves what they need to get ahead, and then helps them achieve their goals. Its pilot program for low-income families is proving to be a promising new approach to an old problem.
July 12, 2012 A nonprofit that helps low-income families in Eugene, Ore., recycles mattresses to help bring in money. Its funding model is inspiring other nonprofits to start salvaging junk to support services for the poor.
May 2, 2012 NHPRNearly 3 million Americans are caught in the vise grip that is mobile home living — they own their home but rent the land it sits on, making it nearly impossible to build equity. But a nonprofit is organizing co-ops that help transform tenants into homeowners, giving many a sense of stability they'd never experienced before.
April 7, 2012 Gideon Shoes makes handcrafted hip-hop sneakers inspired, designed and marketed by young people at a youth center in a tough suburb of Sydney. But the company is struggling to balance its values with the brutal realities of production and competition.
November 29, 2011 Founded in the 1970s in India to eliminate needless blindness, Aravind Eye Care has grown to 4,000 beds in seven hospitals — and its surgeons are among the most efficient in the world. The hospital system conducts 300,000 surgeries a year, and about half are free.
November 22, 2011 Healthpoint Services says it has a business model that will not only help the world's low-income populations — but also make a profit. Based in India, the company offers patients videoconferences with doctors, cheap diagnostic tests and clean water. And it hopes to spawn imitators as it proves it can be profitable.
March 24, 2011 In February, we revisited a boy named Anthony who had participated in a mentoring program for at-risk kids in Portland, Ore., 10 years ago. His was a story of success, but there was one problem: He wasn't the right Anthony. Now, we've tracked down the original Anthony — and a very different story.
March 23, 2011 In Guayaquil, Ecuador, rapid urbanization has led to a growing number of street kids — a dilemma that the Salesians have taken on as their own. The Catholic order gets the kids and teenagers off the streets, teaches them useful skills and, in some cases, reconnects them with their families.
March 22, 2011 Maribel Olmedo's little family is struggling. Her husband is recovering from an undiagnosed illness, and one of her sons was hit by a car and suffered brain damage. But the Salesians of Don Bosco helped the family build a house on their land and provides shelter for two of her sons where they also attend school.
March 8, 2011 The New York City nonprofit Common Ground started a campaign to get 100,000 chronically homeless people in 70 cities into permanent housing. In San Diego — one of the participating cities — businesses, nonprofits and government officials are working together to end homelessness downtown. Some homeless advocates are skeptical they'll succeed.
March 8, 2011 Tim Schottman and his team used to open five or six Starbucks a day. So he wasn't fazed when the head of a leading eye bank asked him if it would be feasible to open 900 eye banks around the world in the next two decades. The goal was ambitious: to bring sight to hundreds of thousands, even millions of people.
March 7, 2011 More than 30 years ago, Rosanne Haggerty founded a group called Common Ground, which turned a hotel on the verge of being condemned in New York City's Times Square into permanent housing for the homeless. Common Ground's program has become a national model for helping the chronically homeless.
February 21, 2011 NWNewsFifteen million troubled kids who need a mentor don't have one, according to The Mentoring Group. In Portland, Ore., Friends of the Children tries to bridge that gap through paid mentors. Anthony Blackmon credits the program for giving him confidence to pursue his dream in music.