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The Most Innovative and Impactful (Emerging) Charities

Posted in Pop Culture by larrycheng on July 21, 2009

Every day I meet for-profit companies that are trying to change the world by solving really big problems with groundbreaking innovations.  Today I asked my twitter friends which non-profits or charities are following suit.  Just like my day job, I am especially interested in charities that may be emerging or somewhat under the radar.  Following is a running list of what I heard (and who referred it).  In alphabetical order:

  1. ACCESS– helping Boston youth achieve higher education.
  2. Acumen Fund – building businesses to solve poverty. (brandonhaskins)
  3. Alley Cat Allies – improving the lives of cats.
  4. CharityWater – bringing clean water to developing nations. (brandonhaskins)
  5. CommonImpact – building stronger communities. (fyietc)
  6. – funding projects for teachers. (BrettTopche)
  7. Facing History – link the past to moral choices today. (bussgang)
  8. Generations Inc – intergenerational outreach.
  9. Global Poverty Project – helping those in extreme poverty. (robtrotter)
  10. Green Light Fund – helping urban families in Boston.  (Polachi_Co)
  11. Idealist – global clearinghouse of nonprofit resources. (fyietc)
  12. Jumpstart – building vital skills in children.
  13. Kiva – loans that change lives.  (Danielmsullivan)
  14. Mass Mentoring – youth mentoring in Massachussetts.
  15. MobileActive – using mobile phones for social good. (fyietc)
  16. – helping low-income households with emergencies.
  17. NetSquared – remixing the web for social change. (fyietc)
  18. Oaktree Foundation – youth-run development organization. (robtrotter)
  19. Pratham USA – imagine India where every child can read.
  20. Restavek Freedom – putting an end to child slavery in Haiti.
  21. RootCause – supporting social innovators. (fyietc)
  22. Servings – bringing meals to the critically ill and homebound. (LyndonMouton)
  23. SocialActions – open source database of social actions. (fyietc)
  24. Teach for America – national teacher corps. (aseidman)
  25. Ushahidi – crowdsourcing crisis management (justindavey)
  26. WorldChanging – environmental media organization. (fyietc)
  27. Year Up – empowering urban talent.

(If anyone has other ideas, please leave a comment or tweet me and I will update the list.)