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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we've seen a disproportionate impact on marginalized communities. Responding to the needs of this embattled sector, public and private business leaders have invested in an emergency fund targeted to social entrepreneurs who focus on the world’s most vulnerable.

Acumen, a non-profit organization that invests in initiatives to tackle poverty, heads up the fund. Employing a radical approach divergent from their typical strategy, they use small grants and loans to create an immediate infusion of support for impacted communities.

Just one of the organizations they've helped is SiembraViva, a Colombian nonprofit that brings healthy food to people in cities, ...

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As California faces another terrifying round of fires, it's important for us all to be mindful of the massive financial and emotional costs borne by those directly effected. Ron Howard's stirring new documentary, Rebuilding Paradise, examines the aftermath of 2018's tragic Camp Fire in Paradise, and helps brings those costs to the fore.

At times disturbing to watch, Rebuilding Paradise is a film that works to foster compassion, hard to come by in these difficult times. And while it does emphasize the fragility of our lives in the face of natural catastrophe, it also offers a glimpse of hope--a message we can all use right now.

For more details on Howard's timely new documentary, check out the ...

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When Shannon Parkhurst was expecting, like far too many women, she often found herself unable to access the services that she needed. It was an experience she wouldn't soon forget. The challenges she faced during that pregnancy led Parkhurst to found Lemon Aide Project, a nonprofit focused on providing assistance to people in just such dire situations.

In addition to community outreach, Parkhurst's organization provides things like homelessness prevention, a school supply drive, power outage assistance, and help for those affected by wildfires, among other services. Her story is an encouraging one, demonstrating the difference that a single person can make.

Parkhurst recently sat down with our...

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Although things have been changing in recent years, today women still hold less than 7 percent of government leadership roles across the world. Women who do hold such roles get a fair amount of attention however--and since the Covid-19 pandemic began, a number of them have proven to be especially effective in the midst of crisis.

"The news coming out of many countries is striking," said Amie Batson, executive director of WomenLift Health, a nonprofit focused on elevating women in the health sciences. The org recently hosted a webinar on female leadership in the pandemic. "Many of the countries that are doing the best are led by women."

One of those women is Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New...

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Celebrity trappings aside, Chef José Andrés considers himself, above all else, to be a cook. So after a tragic earthquake devastated Haiti, Andrés did what a cook would do: he came up with a plan, and got to work feeding the people displaced by the disaster.

That was back in 2010. Today, in the face of Covid-19, World Central Kitchen has pivoted to safely feeding people in a pandemic. And in a brilliant move intended to support restaurants by helping them to feed the hungry, they've created Restaurants For The People.

Andrés' program has hired workers in Covid-19 hotspots from NYC to the San Francisco Bay area, and identified communities that need food the most. The...

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As we head into the third week of April, most of us are still struggling to deal with the new realities of the Covid crisis. And while we are beginning to see some very hopeful signs in many parts of the country, we still have some difficult times ahead of us. And for now, people are hurting.

For the more fortunate among us, the question at times like this becomes: How do I help? There are stimulus checks going out to a lot of people who in reality are doing just fine--and that opens up a lot of opportunity for giving. And when it comes to volunteering, clearly people have more time on their hands than ever.

Thankfully, the people at Vox have taken the time to put together a helpful survey of ...

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If there is one thing that has become clear over the last several weeks, it's that we are all in this together. And as we often see in times of duress, people all over have been showing the better angels of their nature, and extending a helping hand to others in need.

The stories come from all walks of life: there is the Minnesota State Trooper who pulled a doctor over for speeding--but rather than giving him a ticket, gave the doc his stockpile of protective masks instead. Then there is the CEO who sacrificed his bonus and base salary so his company's workers would continue to get paid during the coronavirus pandemic. These are just two of the many stories demonstrating people's willingness ...

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Despite the rush of media coverage after the terrible tsunami in Sri Lanka in 2004, the nation faded from the public's view as the months and years passed. It is one one of the salient flaws in our news media: it's fickle, of-the-moment narrative often omits the denouement–and the people and organizations who stay around to pick up the pieces can be forgotten about.

When Kushil Gunasekera returned to Sri Lanka after the disaster, the conditions he faced were truly horrific: bodies floated in the water, buildings had collapsed, and the tsunami had killed more than 230,000 people across the region. Though casualties were most severe in Indonesia, Sri Lanka was hit hard, with approximately...

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