Those Who Do Better

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

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.

Healthcare

Christian Healthcare Ministies

Website:
Christian Healthcare Ministies

Years in Service:
36

Last Updated: 10 Oct, 2017

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.

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.

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.

Uncategorized

The Cajun Navy

Website:
The Cajun Navy

Years in Service:
12

Last Updated: 11 Oct, 2017

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.

Kiva

Website:
Kiva

Years in Service:
12

Last Updated: 10 Oct, 2017

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.

All Hands Volunteers

Website:
All Hands Volunteers

Years in Service:
12

Last Updated: 03 Nov, 2017

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%.