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Today’s Solutions: July 18, 2024

Philanthropy

Latest news on corporate and nonprofit efforts aimed at changing our world for the better through benevolent initiatives, such as fundraisers, grants, and charities.

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Young Virginians will receive free books thanks to Dolly Parton's Imagination Library 

For Dolly Parton, the journey of imagination begins with a book. Inspired by her childhood favorite, "The Little Engine That Could," the renowned country singer established Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a program that sends one free book to children under the age of five each month. This Read More...

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Opill: the over-the-counter birth control transforming access to contraception in the US

Opill, the first over-the-counter birth control pill in the United States, is poised to change the landscape of contraceptive access. It is a progestin-only contraceptive pill and boasts an impressive 98 percent efficacy rate in preventing pregnancy, as substantiated by data submitted to the U.S. Read More...

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Formerly homeless guides offer unique experiences of iconic cities

In cities across the world, the streets tell stories—stories of triumph over adversity, resilience, and transformation. Invisible Cities, a breakthrough organization, transforms these stories into one-of-a-kind walking tours conducted by former homeless guides. Let's look at the transforming Read More...

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Paws and pages: the Worcester Library's feline solution for overdue fees

In the heart of Worcester, Massachusetts, a unique and touching program is enthralling the neighborhood, demonstrating that sometimes all it takes to repair overdue library items is a touch of feline charm. Worcester Public Library's 'March Meowness' campaign is transforming the way library fines Read More...

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Baltimore takes on homelessness with an $18 million initiative 

Baltimore's leaders overcame opposition to reach a revolutionary $18.4 million agreement. The 4-1 vote demonstrates the city's commitment to combating homelessness. Despite pushback from Council President Nick Mosby, the vote illustrates that municipal leadership is determined to keep promises made Read More...

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$1 billion donation changes lives of Albert Einstein College of Medicine students

Ruth Gottesman, a former Albert Einstein College of Medicine professor and widow of Wall Street financier David 'Sandy' Gottesman, announced an unprecedented $1 billion commitment to the Bronx-based college. This groundbreaking contribution eliminates tuition costs for four-year students and Read More...

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Where to go for help if the Israel-Hamas war is negatively impacting your mental health

As the Israel-Hamas conflict continues, many people are feeling overwhelmed by the daily flood of terrible information and imagery. The battle has dominated news and social media, causing political differences at times. The toll on mental health is evident, especially for those who are immediately Read More...

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Nigerian school accepts plastic bottles as payment for tuition fees

A school in Nigeria is taking an innovative approach to tackle the problem of plastic waste while also promoting education. The Morit International School, located in Ajegunle, a densely populated area of Lagos, Nigeria, has launched an initiative that allows students to pay their tuition fees Read More...

Building bridges in the midst

Building bridges in the midst of conflict: 12 organizations working for Israel-Palestine peace

There is a glimmer of hope in the heart of one of the world's longest and most complex wars, yet it often goes unrecognized. While the sad reality of violence and division dominates the media, countless grassroots organizations are working tirelessly to bring peace and reconciliation to the Read More...

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German grocer's "real costs" campaign nudges shoppers towards sustainable choices

A well-known discount supermarket in Germany is taking a bold move toward encouraging sustainability with a revolutionary project. The "wahre Kosten" or "real costs" campaign seeks to raise awareness on the hidden environmental and health costs connected with particular food products.  The Read More...