The Adventure Project

The Adventure Project is a non-profit movement creating jobs in developing countries. They “add venture” capital and bring programmatic and evaluation support to partners who are helping people living in poverty transform themselves into entrepreneurs. The Adventure Project’s partners focus on creating jobs that not only stimulate entrepreneurialism, but also provide life-saving services, like irrigation engineering, health product sales, and low-emission cooking stoves. Led by Becky Straw, in their first five years The Adventure Project has created 822 jobs that have helped improve the quality of life for  over a million people in India, Haiti, Kenya and Uganda. theadventureproject.org

The Malala Fund

The Malala Fund, inspired by co-founders Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai, is focused on enabling girls to complete 12 years of safe, quality education so that they can achieve their potential and be positive change-makers in their families and communities.  Led by President Meighan Stone, the Yousafzai family and a team of influential global advisors, they work with partners all over the world helping to empower girls and amplify their voices. The Fund invests in local education leaders and programmes, and they advocate for more resources for education and safe schools for every child. malalafund.org

ORGANIZE

ORGANIZE is modernizing the organ donation system. Founded by Greg Segal and Jenna Arnold, ORGANIZE is seeking to radically reduce the organ shortage by applying smarter technologies and data-driven policies to solve dysfunctions in the current donation system. They have built the first-ever central donor registry, and have pioneered groundbreaking campaigns urging young people to commit to becoming an organ donor via social media. In 2015, ORGANIZE was awarded an Innovator in Residence position in the Office of the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services. organize.org

Practice Makes Perfect

Practice Makes Perfect works to narrow the achievement gap by redefining the summer learning experience for students who are too often left behind. Led by Karim Abouelnaga, who himself went through the inner-city public school system, Practice Makes Perfect is an evidence-based, full-service summer school and enrichment operator for K-8 schools. Now in its fifth year of operation, PMP served 1,400 students last summer in 22 schools around New York City. practicemakesperfect.org


Yoga Foster

Yoga Foster brings accessible, sustainable yoga programs into schools across the country, and in 2015-16 is empowering over 500 teachers in 115 schools to create healthier, happier classrooms. Led by Founder and Executive Director Nicole Cardoza, Yoga Foster has scaled rapidly since its founding in 2014, having developed a powerful platform that delivers online trainings, weekly lesson plans, and easy self-evaluation protocols for teachers who want to strengthen their students’ learning experience through the injection of a regular yoga practice. Their partnership with the international yoga retailer Lululemon allows them to provide every participating school with gently used yoga mats, often a barrier to entry for schools with limited resources. yogafoster.org