Not content to do just some good, the former senior engineering director at Google has tackled the question of how to help social organizations do more good. Her lessons: think big, start small and relentlessly seek impact.
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GoFish! Ministries takes kids out on Washington’s Snake River to share life together and earn money through a state program that pays anglers to catch an aggressive species of fish.
Allen Woods, left, works with budding entrepreneurs involved in the MORTAR program in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati. Photos courtesy of MORTAR
Too often, neighborhood revitalization leaves behind the people who already live in urban neighborhoods. A new model in Cincinnati seeks to train and support locals so they can benefit from the economic boom.
Alexandria Andrews and the Rev. Dr. Argrow “Kit” Evans-Ford examine freshly cut bars of soap. The natural soaps are one of the bath and body products made at Argrow's House and sold to support the ministry. Photos by Greg Boll/Greg Boll Photography
Inspired by her own experience and that of her grandmother, the Rev. Dr. Argrow “Kit” Evans-Ford has established a safe space for women and a bath products business to help support it.
The organization’s co-founder, Trevor Rubingh, identifies nine elements of the New City Kids after-school model that contribute to its effectiveness.
A middle-school student plays the drums during a New City Kids benefit concert. Photos courtesy of New City Kids
A Christian program called New City Kids uses tutoring, music, leadership training and spiritual formation to help children in three cities transform their lives. It has been remarkably successful: 100 percent of its graduating seniors have gone to college.
Residents find new life at the corner of Goodness Way and Peaceful Path in Community First! Village in Austin, Texas. Photos by Brian Diggs
Housing alone can’t heal the wounds of homelessness. That also takes community. Just outside Austin, people are finding both at Community First! Village.
Children in the WINGS for Kids afterschool program display their latest art project: butterflies.
Photos courtesy of WINGS for Kids
WINGS invests deeply in its staff with rigorous screening, intensive training and ongoing coaching. This culture of leadership has been critical to its success.
A youth pastor who began a church-based social enterprise shares advice for others interested in this kind of ministry. The three initial phases are discernment, consulting with the community and testing.
With a mix of movement, soothing activities and cooking, The Brain Kitchen helps struggling kids learn skills to calm themselves and even rewire their brains to cope with challenges. It's a picture of how innovation happens -- with insight, small steps and experimentation.