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Vets Finding a Home: Giving Homeless Veterans a Voice
A video and photography project titled Vets Finding a Home, which opened at Project H.O.M.E.'s 1515 Fairmount Avenue residence, gives a face and a voice to veterans who have experienced...more



Federal Budget Cuts Slash Essential Government-Funded Services to Seniors
Seniors rely on government-funded services such as free rides, hot meals and caregiver "companions". But the recent federal budget cuts put those services on hold, which are key to independent...more

The Greeks: A Long History in Philanthropy
Local chapters of national Greek organizations like Eastern Washington University's (EWU) sororities and fraternities have long been giving back to society. These fraternities and sororities...more

Leading Groups Urge Congress for Tax Solutions to Curtail Obesity Epidemic
The Campaign to End Obesity Action Fund spearheaded a crusade leading 22 groups that urge Congress to embrace tax policy solutions that target obesity prevention. The Campaign advocates for...more

Shine Assembles Thousand Volunteers for Jackson Metro Clean Up
Shine, an extensive volunteer project, gathered an estimated 5,000 volunteers to clean up neighborhoods in the Jackson Metro. The trash clean up is due to a massive residential disaster in the...more

Fall River As Part of Economic Development Project
The city of Fall River has been chosen to take part in President Barack Obama's pilot program that's geared to boost economic development. The pilot program is called the National Resource...more

VA Collaborates With Nonprofits to Solve Veteran Homelessness
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) focuses on veteran households that are still quite resilient, but need immediate short-term support to resolve their housing crises. VA partners with...more

Increasing Entrepreneurship in Iowa with Special Funds
Iowa Economic Development Authority officials announce there are special funds available to would-be entrepreneurs who want to start a new business. The funding is part of an effort to try to...more

Made in the Future: How Technology Could Transform Our Lives in a Decade
In a project called Made In The Future, innovation and design consultancy Ideo examined the ways how technology will change in the next decade. The interesting concepts, based on research by Ideo...more

Hutchinson City Council to Approve Rehab Housing Program
The Hutchinson City Council is tasked to OK three resolutions that will get the city staff to begin accepting formal applications from homeowners looking for affordable loans for rehabilitating...more






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Bixi Bikes – A Lesson for Social Enterprises


Bixi Bikes – A Lesson for Social Enterprises

John Brothers, Principal of Quidoo Consulting, writes about the Montreal-based company Bixi who are mostly known for its Bixi Bikes. Just recently, Bixi filed for bankruptcy protection. The reason? Bixi is in major financial distress and its bikes have proven to be too “expensive to build, operate and maintain”.


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