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Report Shows High Rates of Homelessness in Canada
According to two Canadian reports just recently released, rates of homelessness and poverty in the country are high. The findings state that homelessness and poverty often strikes indigenous and...more



Teacher Desires to Climb Social Ladder through Philanthropy, Miss Manners Shoots Her Down
In an advice to American journalist and etiquette authority Judith Martin, aka "Miss Manners", a preschool teacher expressed her wish to move forward with her career from education to skin...more

Oregon Food Bank Sees A Record Number of Volunteers on MLK Day
Grace Epstein, junior at the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, has consistently been volunteering at the Oregon Food Back for the last eight years. This year, she says she has noticed...more

Sebelius Promotes Obamacare to Philadelphia Latino Community
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in Philadelphia to address the Latino community about enrolling in health insurance plans. According to...more

Home Repair and Advocacy Program to Help Seniors, People with Disabilities
A new Sandy grant program, the Home Repair and Advocacy Program, aims to help seniors and people with disabilities with expenses related to rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy. The program offers up...more

Bloomberg Invests $5 Million in Solar-powered Lamps for Africa
Former New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg of Bloomberg Philanthropies, announced a $5 million investment in Little Sun, the creators of a little yellow solar-powered lamp that is more affordable...more

Washington County to Receive Extra Federal Funds for Housing Projects
Washington County has been approved to receive nearly $919,000 in federal housing funds, which is $100,000 more from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The funds aim to support...more

President Obama Signs Veteran Reform Bill Into Law
President Barack Obama has recently signed a $16.3 billion bill in an effort to renew the troubled Veterans Affairs Department. The President claimed that the country had a "sacred duty" to protect...more

SPC Multi-Pronged Attack Targets Homelessness
Affordable housing initiatives are moving in multi-pronged targets to tackle the affordable housing crisis, thanks to the Social Planning Cowichan(SPC). Joy Emmanuel, SPC's affordable-housing...more

The Conservatoire Reweighs Social Business Model
The Conservatoire in Blackheath was confronted with crippling debts, resulting to closure in 2012. The debts drove the Conservatoire to go over its social mission and business model. The...more






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The Power of Being Unreasonable

The Power of Being Unreasonable
Teju Ravilochan co-founded the Unreasonable Institute in 2009 to design an academy to tackle poverty,...



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