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: 25 Aug, 2018

Service Area:
Denver, Colorado

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.

Springboard to Opportunities

Website:
Springboard to Opportunities

Years in Service:
5

Last Updated: 24 Aug, 2018

Service Area:
Jackson, Mississippi

Services Provided:

  • Basic needs assistance
  • Community programs

How They Do Better: Springboard to Opportunities provides family guided services such as after school programs, employment training, home ownership programs, technology training, and cash assistance to affordable housing residents in Jackson, Mississippi. Unlike centralized federal and state programs, Springboard to Opportunity begins by asking families in a community what their needs are, and builds an individualized program for each community to increase their quality of life. Springboard currently serves 4,300 residents in over 13 communities.

Jeremiah Program

Website:
Jeremiah Program

Years in Service:
20

Last Updated: 25 Aug, 2018

Service Area:
Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Texas

Services Provided:

  • Education assistance
  • Housing assistance
  • Life skills training

How They Do Better: Through a combination of early childhood education, affordable housing, and empowerment and life skills training, the Jeremiah Program focuses on breaking the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their children. Since 1998 1,700 families have gone through the Jeremiah program. At the end of their program, 100% of graduates are able to afford housing, and 68% increase their earnings with a new average salary of $47,000. 77% of Jeremiah graduates have also decreased their reliance on public assistance, resulting in a net savings to taxpayers of $8,346 per graduate.

Disaster Relief

The Cajun Navy

Website:
The Cajun Navy

Years in Service:
12

Last Updated: 27 Aug, 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 surpassing 4,500 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%.

Team Rubicon USA

Website:
Team Rubicon USA

Years in Service:
8

Last Updated: 21 Jun, 2018

Service Area:
Worldwide

Services Provided:

  • Disaster relief
  • Disaster rebuild

How They Do Better: Team Rubicon is a disaster relief organization made up of veterans of the United States Armed Forces. After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, it spread debris across the island, restricting access to power and water for schoolchildren. In one elementary school in Isabela, PR, municipal officials had determined that it would take years to clean the debris and get power back to the school. Team Rubicon accomplished the work in a single day, restoring power and reopening the school in a week's time.

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.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Website:
Big Brothers, Big Sisters

Years in Service:
114

Last Updated: 02 Jun, 2018

Service Area:
Nationwide

Services Provided:

  • Youth mentoring

How They Do Better: Big Brothers Big Sisters is one of America's oldest youth mentoring organizations, and pairs adult mentors with at-risk children. Children in Big Brothers, Big Sisters are 46% less likely to use illegal drugs, 27% less likely to use alcohol underage, 52% less likely to skip school and 33% less likely to engage in violence.

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.

Second Harvest Food Bank

Website:
Second Harvest Food Bank

Years in Service:
44

Last Updated: 25 Aug, 2018

Service Area:
Southern California

Services Provided:

  • Food for low-income individuals
  • Food sorting and distribution for partner food banks
  • School lunch programs

How They Do Better: Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties (SHFB) serves over 250,000 people and provides food to over 300 nonprofit partners throughout southern California each month. In 2017 alone, SHFB distributed 66 million pounds of food. While each meal under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) costs about $1.40, every dollar donated to SHFB provides two meals and 95 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:
16

Last Updated: 20 Jun, 2018

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.

Maliheh Free Clinic

Website:
Maliheh Free Clinic

Years in Service:
13

Last Updated: 25 Aug, 2018

Service Area:
Salt Lake City, Utah

Services Provided:

  • Free medical care
  • Free preventative care

How They Do Better: The Maliheh Free Clinic (MFC) serves low income and uninsured residents of Salt Lake City, Utah. Their clients have an average income of less than $36,000 per year for a family of four, and are ineligible for Medicare, Medicaid, or any government subsidized healthcare. The MFC provided free healthcare to over 15,000 patients in 2016 at an average cost of only $56 per patient, and 95% of donations to MFC go to providing medical services.

Christian Care Ministry

Website:
Christian Care Ministry

Years in Service:
24

Last Updated: 24 Aug, 2018

Service Area:
Nationwide

Services Provided:

  • Healthcare cost sharing

How They Do Better: Christian Care Ministry (CCM) 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 to two-third as much as Healthcare Marketplace plans, CCM's medi-share program has over 400,000 members, and has covered over $2.6 Billion in medical bills since 1993.

Labdoor

Website:
Labdoor

Years in Service:
6

Last Updated: 24 Aug, 2018

Service Area:
Nationwide

Services Provided:

  • Supplement standards
  • Supplement testing
  • Consumer protection

How They Do Better: Labdoor is a independent supplement testing company that tests, reports, and ranks health supplements on their product purity, nutritional value, ingredient safety, efficacy, and label accuracy, and makes the information available to the public. Labdoor has tested over 600 supplements since 2012, and Labdoor's research on energy drink ingredients and fish oils led the FDA to review the safety and efficacy of both products.

Housing and Shelter

Atlanta Mission

Website:
Atlanta Mission

Years in Service:
80

Last Updated: 25 Aug, 2018

Service Area:
Atlanta, Georgia

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 in 2017.

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.

3 Star Communities

Website:
3 Star Communities

Years in Service:
20

Last Updated: 25 Aug, 2018

Service Area:
Atlanta, Georgia

Services Provided:

  • Affordable housing
  • Wellness education
  • Community Gardens
  • After-school programs

How They Do Better: In 2013 the Willow Branch Apartment Complex in Clarkston, Georgia, was known for high crime rates, safety issues, and vacancies. Nearby Indian Creek Elementary School was ranked the second-worst elementary school in Georgia. 3-Star Communities purchased the complex in 2014 and provides affordable housing, wellness education, community gardens, and after-school programs in a housing-education model. In 2018, Indian Creek Elementary School was named a "Platinum Performer," Georgia's top award for schools, for the third year in a row.

Angies House

Website:
Angies House

Years in Service:
18

Last Updated: 21 Jun, 2018

Service Area:
Northern Arizona

Services Provided:

  • Transitional housing
  • Homeless shelter

How They Do Better: Angie's House provides transitional and recovery housing for people struggling with addiction or mental illness, and operates the only homeless shelter in the Verde Valley of Arizona. Compared to State and Federal housing, which often have waiting lists of months, Angie's House asks potential residents a 6-question survey and gets them into housing the same day.

Solutions for Change

Website:
Solutions for Change

Years in Service:
19

Last Updated: 25 Aug, 2018

Service Area:
San Diego, California

Services Provided:

  • Transitional housing
  • Education
  • Employment training

How They Do Better: It costs approximately $60,000 per year in public assistance for each homeless person in San Diego County, or $180,000 for three years. The cost of putting one homeless family through Solutions for Change for one year is $22,500, or $67,500 for three years, the average length of the Solutions for Change program. Over 65% of families who enter the Solutions for Change program are permanently lifted out of homelessness, and Solutions for change has ended homelessness for over 850 families and 2200 children since 1999.

SquareOne Villages

Website:
SquareOne Villages

Years in Service:
5

Last Updated: 25 Aug, 2018

Service Area:
Lane County, Oregon

Services Provided:

  • Temporary shelter
  • Transition housing

How They Do Better: The average wait for low-income housing assistance is 1.5-3 years, and fifty-three percent of housing assistance lists are closed to new applicants, making it difficult to find transitional housing for those without homes. SquareOne Villages uses a tiny homes model to create transitional micro-housing communities for homeless persons in Oregon. S1V's first village, Opportunity Village, has 30 microhomes, a waiting list of only  and has helped bring over 100 individuals and couples out of homelessness. While a night in the Lane County jail costs taxpayers approximately $234, S1V can house 30 people for just $5 per night, per person.

Atlanta Center for Self-Sufficiency

Website:
Atlanta Center for Self-Sufficiency

Years in Service:
8

Last Updated: 25 Aug, 2018

Service Area:
Atlanta, Georgia

Services Provided:

  • Employment training
 

How They Do Better: The Atlanta Center for Self-Sufficiency (ACSS) is a workforce development organization in Atlanta Georgia. Specifically designed to bring homeless men and women off the streets and to financial self-sufficiency,  ACSS programs have brought 1,750 homeless and financially vulnerable individuals to full time employment since 2010. In 2017, ACSS graduates earned an average starting wage of $11.80 per hour, 63% above federal minimum wage.

Infrastructure

NERC

Website:
NERC

Years in Service:
12

Last Updated: 27 Aug, 2018

Service Area:
Nationwide

Services Provided:

  • Bulk power regulation

How They Do Better: The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) works to ensure the reliability and security of the North American electric grid. NERC produces and enforces standards for users, owners, and operators of the grid, and works to protect the bulk power system from blackouts, physical attacks, and cyberattacks for the 334 million people who rely on the North American electric grid. From 2013-2016 there were 329 reported cyberattacks on the grid, and not one was successful in producing a blackout or disruption of service.

Justice

Detroit Threat Management Center

Website:
Detroit Threat Management Center

Years in Service:
24

Last Updated: 24 Aug, 2018

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: Detroit Threat Management Center's (DTMC) officers have reduced crime in several of Detroit’s neighborhoods by over 90%. As a result of their threat management and de-escalation tactics, DTMC’s over 40 officers have only been involved in one fatal shooting in 24 years, compared to the Detroit Police Department’s average of 29 fatal shootings per year. The DTMC charges clients $10 per month, $10 per incident, while Detroit residents pay an average of $374 per year for police services.

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: 25 Aug, 2018

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.

Protection

S.E.A.L. Services

Website:
S.E.A.L. Services

Years in Service:
9

Last Updated: 25 Aug, 2018

Service Area:
Houston, Texas

Services Provided:

  • Personnel security
  • Maritime security
  • Residential and commercial security

How They Do Better: In 2015 the Civic Association of Sharpstown, Texas canceled its contract with the Harris County Constable and hired S.E.A.L. Security Services. In two years, crime in Sharpstown dropped by over 31%, and the neighborhood saved $200,000 on policing costs. S.E.A.L. takes an active approach to crime prevention, spending 70-80% of their time interacting with the community instead of simply waiting for emergency calls.

Gavin De Becker Associates

Website:
Gavin De Becker Associates

Years in Service:
40

Last Updated: 01 Jun, 2018

Service Area:
Worldwide

Services Provided:

  • Personnel protection

How They Do Better: Gavin De Becker and Associates (GDBA) is the world's foremost security service, protecting 6 out of 10 of the most at-risk people in the United States. GDBA developed the MOSAIC threat assessment system, a computer-assisted threat matrix and scoring system for various types of potential violence. GDBA has made MOSAIC available to for free women or men in danger of domestic violence, and the Department of Justice found that the MOSAIC system correctly predicted 83% of new assaults.

Safe Families for Children

Website:
Safe Families for Children

Years in Service:
15

Last Updated: 18 Aug, 2018

Service Area:
Nationwide

Services Provided:

  • Temporary hosting for children
  • Parental support

How They Do Better: Safe Families for Children (SFC) is a network of host families and volunteers who help families in crisis by providing temporary homes for children and support for struggling parents. In the past 15 years, 4,500 churches and 25,000 volunteers have helped SFC host over 35,000 children. Over 93% of children cared for by SFC host families have been reunited with their families after their parents were able to recover, while less than 70% of children removed by child protection agencies are reunited with their parents within 2 years.

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.

Austin Parks Foundation

Website:
Austin Parks Foundation

Years in Service:
26

Last Updated: 24 Aug, 2018

Service Area:
Austin, Texas

Services Provided:

  • Park development
  • Park maintenance

How They Do Better: The Austin Parks Foundation (APF) works to develop, maintain, and improve city parks in Austin, Texas. In 2017, more than 6,500 APF volunteers invested $490,000 in volunteer labor in city parks, and the APF granted over $3.5 million to community-initiated park improvements, and 80 cents of every dollar donated goes to park projects and programs.

Friends of the River

Website:
Friends of the River

Years in Service:
45

Last Updated: 25 Aug, 2018

Service Area:
California

Services Provided:

  • Environmental protection
  • Environmental research

How They Do Better: Friends of the River (FOR) works to preserve and improve the reliability and security of California's rivers, lakes, and streams through research and public policy advocacy. In 2016, the emergency spillway of the Oroville Dam in Oroville, CA collapsed, threatening the lives of 200,000 people. However, in 2005, FOR and two other environmental nonprofits had warned the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Energy Commission that the spillway was structurally unsafe. Had authorities listened to FOR in 2005, upgrading the spillway would have costed $100 Million, it is now projected to cost $400 million.

Workforce Development

Delancey Street Foundation

Website:
Delancey Street Foundation

Years in Service:
47

Last Updated: 02 Jun, 2018

Service Area:
California, Massachusetts, New Mexico, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina

Services Provided:

  • Addiction recovery
  • Transitional housing
  • Employment training
  • Violence mediation
  • Education

How They Do Better: The Delancey Street Foundation rehabilitates former felons, substance abusers, and those who have hit rock bottom, focusing on empowering the individual to be their own solution. The foundation has helped over 10,000 formerly illiterate people earn high school equivalency degrees, moved over 12,000 former violent gang members into active nonviolence, and moved over 3000 former homeless into permanent housing. Each Delancey graduate receives an academic education and at least 3 marketable skills, and over 18,000 people have graduated from Delancey's programs since 1971.

Georgia Works!

Website:
Georgia Works!

Years in Service:
5

Last Updated: 25 Aug, 2018

Service Area:
Atlanta, Georgia

Services Provided:

  • Employment training
  • Life skills training

How They Do Better: It costs the city of Atlanta, GA approximately $17,000 per year, per homeless person on the street, including emergency room visits, jail time, and law enforcement resources. It costs approximately $2,700 to put one homeless person through Georgia Works employment training program. Of the over 500 men have gone through the program, 70% of the men have graduated, and only 1% have been re-arrested. Graduates obtain jobs with an average wage of $12.00 per hour, nearly twice the minimum wage in Georgia.

Uncategorized

Generate Hope

Website:
Generate Hope

Years in Service:
9

Last Updated: 25 Aug, 2018

Service Area:
San Diego, California

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.

Xprize Foundation

Website:
Xprize Foundation

Years in Service:
23

Last Updated: 24 Aug, 2018

Service Area:
Worldwide

Services Provided:

  • Technological competitions

How They Do Better: The XPRIZE Foundation designs and manages technological competitions for humanity's pressing challenges, called "XPRIZEs." The first XPrize, the Ansari XPRIZE in 2004, resulted in the first nongovernmental spaceship, SpaceShipOne, breaking the boundaries of outer space. Other XPRIZE competitions have resulted in devices that clean oil off of seawater at three times the speed of existing solutions, vehicles with dramatically reduced carbon emissions, and medical devices that can run hundreds of clinical lab tests without a doctor.

Underwriters Laboratories

Website:
Underwriters Laboratories

Years in Service:
124

Last Updated: 27 Aug, 2018

Service Area:
Worldwide

Services Provided:

  • Consumer safety
  • Product testing
  • Product certification

How They Do Better: Underwriters Laboratories is a global testing, safety, standards and certification company founded in 1894. UL tests electronic products, from home appliances to circuit boards, for safety, writes standards for manufacturers to follow, and certifies qualifying products. UL tests 20,000 products per year in 46 countries, and 22 billion products every year bear the UL certification mark. UL standards regulate the safety, design, and manufacture of over 1,500 types of products, from fridges to hover boards. UL standards are recognized by the United States government in hundreds of cases; after hoverboards began catching fire, no hoverboard not bearing a UL mark was allowed in the United States, and OSHA requires that all electronic devices in workplace bear a UL mark.

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