Those Who Do Better

These are just some of the organizations that We Do Better believes deliver excellent public services in a particular domain.

Antipoverty

Kiva

Website:
Kiva

Years in Service:
12

Last Updated: 19 May, 2018

Service Area:
Worldwide

Services Provided:

  • Microloans for low-income borrowers

How They Do Better: Kiva is a microfinance company founded in 2005. Since that time, Kiva has connected 1.6 Million lenders with 2.6 Million borrowers, loaning out over $1 Billion to those who need it most. Their loans have a 97% repayment rate, meaning people are being lifted out of poverty, instead of perpetually stuck in it.

Crossroads of Michigan

Website:
Crossroads of Michigan

Years in Service:
47

Last Updated: 19 May, 2018

Service Area:
Michigan

Services Provided:

  • Basic cash assistance
  • Basic material assistance; food, clothing, prescriptions, identification
  • Employment training
  • Parenting and family support

How They Do Better: Crossroads of Michigan's basic cash assistance program puts nearly 90% of every donated dollar directly into providing services for those in need. On the other hand, for every $10 paid into the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program, a basic cash assistance recipient will receive about $2.46, a 75% overhead.

Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute

Website:
Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute

Years in Service:
10

Last Updated: 19 May, 2018

Service Area:
Denver, CO

Services Provided:

  • Microloans for low-income borrowers
  • Business startup training

How They Do Better:

Since 2008, RMMFI has distributed over $440,000 (182 loans) to low-income entrepreneurs, with a 95% repayment rate, resulting in the launch or expansion of 183 businesses in Denver. In 2016, RMMFI was named the Small Nonprofit of the Year by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Disaster Relief

The Cajun Navy

Website:
The Cajun Navy

Years in Service:
12

Last Updated: 19 May, 2018

Service Area:
Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Texas

Services Provided:

  • Emergency rescue during natural disasters, such as floods and hurricanes

How They Do Better: The Cajun Navy was formed in 2005 after the failed Federal response to Hurricane Katrina. Since then, this informal group of volunteers has rescued people in several disasters, including the Louisiana Floods of 2014 and Hurricane Harvey, where Cajun Navy volunteers, using social media and mobile apps, rescued over 6,000 people from flooding, arriving days before government help and equaling or surpassing the numbers of rescues made by the U.S. Coast Guard.

All Hands Volunteers

Website:
All Hands Volunteers

Years in Service:
12

Last Updated: 19 May, 2018

Service Area:
Worldwide

Services Provided:

  • Disaster relief
  • Disaster recovery and rebuild

How They Do Better: All Hands volunteers provide disaster relief worldwide. In the past 12 years, All Hands has enabled 39,000 volunteers to donate over 200,000 days impacting 500,000 people worldwide. Unlike temporary disaster relief, All Hands volunteers stay an average of 148 days to help a community rebuild, and all hands spends approximately 90% of its operating budget on services, compared to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's 50%.

Education

Praxis

Website:
Praxis

Years in Service:
3

Last Updated: 11 Oct, 2017

Service Area:
Nationwide

Services Provided:

  • Apprenticeship programs for students
  • Talent recruiting for companies

How They Do Better: While the average college student will graduate with $35,000 in debt, and no guarantee of a job, Praxis graduates have had a remarkable track record. Tuition at Praxis costs $11,000, which is covered by a $14,000 apprenticeship. 98% of Praxis graduates have jobs, and graduates have an average annual salary of $50,000 per year.

LBRY

Website:
LBRY

Years in Service:
2

Last Updated: 11 Oct, 2017

Service Area:
Worldwide

Services Provided:

  • Free online educational content

How They Do Better: In 2016, the University of Berkeley took down 20,000 free online lectures in response to a lawsuit by the Department of Justice over impaired access instead of updating the lectures for those with disabilities. LBRY saved the lectures and placed the content online for free.

Treehouse

Website:
Treehouse

Years in Service:
20

Last Updated: 19 May, 2018

Service Area:
Washington State

Services Provided:

  • Academic Support for Youth in Foster Care
  • Funding for Activities and School Fees
  • Clothes, Toys, and School Supplies

How They Do Better: Treehouse, founded by former Department of Social and Human Services (DSHS) social workers, serves 7,500 foster children every year through addressing material needs and academic support. 80% of donations go to program services, and a foster child in Treehouse's program is nearly 20% more likely to graduate than the average foster child in Washington State.

Food Security

Gleaners Community Food Bank

Website:
Gleaners Community Food Bank

Years in Service:
41

Last Updated: 11 May, 2018

Service Area:
Michigan

Services Provided:

  • Food for low-income individuals
  • Food sorting and distribution for partner food banks
  • Nutrition education programs

How They Do Better: Gleaners provides food to 499 partner soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and other agencies throughout southeastern Michigan. On average, Gleaners distributes 89,000 meals each day including providing nourishing food and nutrition education to 171,000 children a year. While each meal under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) costs about $1.40, every dollar donated to Gleaner's provides three meals and 97 cents of every donated dollar goes to food and food programs.

Healthcare

Christian Healthcare Ministries

Website:
Christian Healthcare Ministries

Years in Service:
36

Last Updated: 25 Apr, 2018

Service Area:
Nationwide

Services Provided:

  • Healthcare cost sharing

How They Do Better: Christian Healthcare Ministries (CHM) is a healthcare co-op, where members pay a monthly rate to participate in the program and share healthcare costs when a member needs assistance. With plans that cost half as much as Healthcare Marketplace plans, CHM has over 279,000 members, and has covered over $1 Billion in medical bills since 1981.

Clinica Mi Pueblo

Website:
Clinica Mi Pueblo

Years in Service:

Last Updated: 11 Oct, 2017

Service Area:
Southern California

Services Provided:

  • Medical consultations
  • Healthcare diagnostics
  • Laboratory testing

How They Do Better: Clinica Mi Pueblo (CMP) is a network of 8 medical clinics in Southern California. CMP clinics accept only cash, have transparent pricing  for each service on their website, and their services cost less than half of most procedures through traditional healthcare providers. For example, the average cost of an X-ray is between $260 and $460. CMP charges only $80.

Life Extension Foundation

Website:
Life Extension Foundation

Years in Service:
38

Last Updated: 19 Mar, 2018

Service Area:
Worldwide

Services Provided:

  • Medical research and products
  • Supplement standards
  • Health and wellness consultations
 

How They Do Better: Since 1980, Life Extension has frequently been years ahead of the FDA in recommending various treatments that have since become standard medical practice. It was the first organization to promote the use of antioxidant vitamins to maintain health and the use of low-dose aspirin to prevent vascular disease. In 1991, Life Extension sued the FDA for its failure to approve Tacrine (THA) to treat Alzheimer's disease. In 2006, it warned American consumers about an FDA-approved fish oil drug priced 797% higher than supplements containing the same amount of EPA/DHA.

Kid One

Website:
Kid One

Years in Service:
21

Last Updated: 19 May, 2018

Service Area:
Alabama

Services Provided:

  • Transportation to Medical Appointments

How They Do Better: KidOne has been transporting children and expectant mothers to medical appointments since 1997, removing transportation as a barrier to quality healthcare. over 75% of funds donated go to program services, and in 2016 KidOne transported over 2,500 families to medical appointments.

Justice

Detroit Threat Management Center

Website:
Detroit Threat Management Center

Years in Service:
24

Last Updated: 09 Oct, 2017

Service Area:
Detroit, Michigan

Services Provided:

  • Private security services for neighborhoods
  • Boater rescue in coastal water between U.S. and Canada
  • Self-defense, conflict avoidance, and threat management training for civilians and law enforcement

How They Do Better: The Detroit Threat Management Center's programs have reduced crime in several Detroit neighborhoods by 90%, and as a result of their threat management and de-escalation tactics, operating in some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in Detroit, including "Crack Alley," the Center's over 40 officers have only been involved in one fatal shooting in 24 years.

Covenant Aviation Security

Website:
Covenant Aviation Security

Years in Service:
25

Last Updated: 10 Oct, 2017

Service Area:
San Francisco Airport

Services Provided:

  • Transportation security for ports and airports
  • Passenger and baggage screening
  • Patrol services
 

How They Do Better: Covenant Aviation Security has been providing security to passengers at San Francisco International (SFO) Airport for several years. SFO now has the lowest complaint ratio of any major airport in the nation. SFO passengers submit complaints at only 2.72 per 100,000 passengers, less than half the national average.

Saved in America

Website:
Saved in America

Years in Service:
4

Last Updated: 25 Apr, 2018

Service Area:
Nationwide

Services Provided:

  • Locating missing and runaway children
  • Procuring legal assistance for victims of sexual exploitation
  • Providing housing and rehabilitative care for victims of sexual exploitation

How They Do Better: Saved in America is an organization of former Navy SEALs, Law Enforcement, and private investigators who assist parents and law enforcement in finding missing and runaway children. Since 2014, Saved in America has found over 70 children, finding them in an average of only nine days at a cost of only $5,000 per child.

Labor

Cincinnati Works

Website:
Cincinnati Works

Years in Service:
20

Last Updated: 03 Nov, 2017

Service Area:
Cincinnati Ohio

Services Provided:

  • Employment and job training

How They Do Better: Cincinnati Works assists people with job and employment training in the greater Cincinnati, Ohio area to help residents both find and keep a stable job. 84% of the candidates who enter Cincinnati Works' programs find and retain a job for over 6 months, compared to just 34% of participants under federal Workforce Reinvestment Act programs.

Shelter

Atlanta Mission

Website:
Atlanta Mission

Years in Service:
80

Last Updated: 19 May, 2018

Service Area:
Atlanta, GA

Services Provided:

  • Shelter
  • Food
  • Employment Assistance
  • Housing Assistance

How They Do Better: The Atlanta Mission has been active in Atlanta since 1938. 76% of donations go to program services, and in 2017 the Mission served 593,000 meals and 248,000 bednights. More than a temporary solution, The Atlanta Mission has also helped to end homelessness, by finding 196 individuals employment and securing housing for nearly 260 homeless persons.

MUST Ministries

Website:
MUST Ministries

Years in Service:
47

Last Updated: 19 May, 2018

Service Area:
Georgia

Services Provided:

  • Basic Needs: Food, Medical, Shelter
  • Employment Assistance

How They Do Better: MUST ministries helps 30,000 people each year in eight counties in Northwest Georgia fulfill basic needs. 85% of all donations go to program services, and in 2017 MUST served 2,000 at its free clinic, distributed 421,000 pounds of groceries, 117,000 pounds of clothing, $115,000 in basic cash assistance, and over 40,000 bednights.

The Environment

Allergy Clinic of Ohio

Website:
Allergy Clinic of Ohio

Years in Service:
14

Last Updated: 19 May, 2018

Service Area:
Ohio

Services Provided:
Air Quality Testing

How They Do Better: The Allergy Clinic of Ohio provides daily air quality testing reports for pollens, mold spores, weeds, and other allergens in Ohio.These reports rank each allergen by quantity in the air, and are free for anyone to access online, compared to the Environmental Protection Agency, which does not release reports on allergens in the air.

Uncategorized

Generate Hope

Website:
Generate Hope

Years in Service:
9

Last Updated: 19 May, 2018

Service Area:
San Diego, CA

Services Provided:

  • Trauma care and counseling services
  • Academic Support
  • Transitional housing

How They Do Better: GenerateHope is a nonprofit organization that helps victims of sex trafficking recover and re integrate into society. While many women exiting the sex trade have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) scores at the level of returning Vietnam veterans, within 6-12 months GenerateHope has been able to bring PTSD scores down to normal levels. Over 90 women have gone through GenerateHope's program, and the program costs approximately $50,000 per woman, per year, $20,000 cheaper annually than imprisoning someone in the California prison system.

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