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Find the New Heroes on the Web

Kailash Satyarthi

South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude (SACCS)

Works to end forced child labor in South Asia.

Moses Zulu

Development Aid from People to People in Zambia (Children's Town)

Educates and integrates AIDS orphans in Africa.

Mimi Silbert

Delancey Street Foundation

Criminal rehabilitation center in which residents run various business enterprises.

David Green and Dr. V:


Hospital and manufacturer of medical devices serving poor people, mainly in India.

Nick Moon and Martin Fisher

Appropriate Technology for Enterprise Creation (ApproTEC)

Manufactures and markets simple agricultural tools that aid in business development in Africa.

Fabio Rosa

Agroelectric System of Appropriate Technology (STA) and The Institute for Development of Natural Energy and Sustainability (IDEAAS)

Distributes alternative energy sources in rural Brazil.

Muhammad Yunus

Grameen Bank

Grants small loans without requiring collateral.

Maria Teresa Leal

Coopa Roca

Brazilian sewing cooperative.

Albina Ruiz

Ciudad Saludable

Alternative waste management organization in Peru.

Dina Abdel Wahab

Baby Academy

Alternative preschool chain in Middle East.

Inderjit Khurana

Ruchika School Social Service Wing, Train Platform Schools

Educational opportunity for indigent children in India.

Sompop Jantraka

Development and Education Program for Daughters Community Center (DEPDC)

Education and socialization program for girls and women in Thailand who would otherwise be forced into prostitution.

Organizations that specialize in providing direct support to social entrepreneurs

Skoll Foundation

Advances systemic change to benefit communities around the world by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs. The foundation extends its mission through Social Edge, an online resource for the social entrepreneur community.

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Global Giving

Enables individuals and companies to find and support social and economic development projects around the world.


Develops the profession of social entrepreneurship around the world by investing in people.

The Schwab Foundation

Supports social entrepreneurship as a key element to advance societies and address social problems.

Echoing Green

Sparks social change by identifying, providing startup grants, supporting, and connecting social entrepreneurs and their organizations.

Acumen Fund

Supports entrepreneurial approaches to solving global poverty by providing a blueprint for building financially sustainable and scalable organizations that deliver affordable, critical goods and services to the poor.

Draper Richards Foundation

Helps people create wide-reaching social change by providing funding and business mentoring to individuals and their non-profit organizations.

Kauffman Foundation

Improves economic welfare and academic achievement of children in low-income families by promoting entrepreneurship-friendly policies and research in technology and education.

Organizations that offer research tools for finding and supporting innovative social organizations

Charity Navigator

Evaluates financial health of America's largest charities in order to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace.


Connects volunteers and donors with international Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs).

General Resources for Research on Social Change Organizations

Online media gateway designed to inform about human rights and sustainable development worldwide.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy — online newspaper

Print and online newspaper covering the world of nonprofits.

Inspires change by providing resources in an online community that competes to find the best solutions to social problems, then collaborates to refine, enrich and implement them.

Helps members and supporters find practical solutions to social and environmental problems by connecting people, organizations and resources.

Research Organizations based in Universities

Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University

Promotes the advancement of social entrepreneurship worldwide.

Social Enterprise Initiative at Harvard Business School

Educates leaders by integrating social enterprise-related research, teaching and activities.

Center for Social Innovation (CSI) at Stanford Graduate School of Business

Promotes solutions through interdisciplinary research, teaching beyond the classroom and efforts to engage with those who lead social change.

Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business

Explores adapting business concepts, tools and skills to the social sector in appropriate, practical and effective ways, increasing awareness on a local, national and international level.

Columbia Business School: Social Enterprise Program

Empowers students to achieve social benefit through business practices.