Tip Jar

Our weekly feature highlighting individuals and organizations doing great things

Tip Jar 029: Atlanta Music Club

More than one hundred years ago, three-dozen music lovers first met in Atlanta, Georgia to form the Women’s Music Study Club—a nonprofit music education organization. Now called the Atlanta Music Club, the organization strives to make great music affordable to the public and better serve Atlanta’s cultural life. Having established the Civic Concert Series, which … Continued

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Tip Jar 028: Project Space

It is to our discredit as a society that so many bright young minds are not given the opportunity to succeed in the fields of their choosing because of financial hardship. For low-income students, often things like books or transportation can be the difference between staying in school or taking on a prestigious internship and … Continued

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Tip Jar 027: The Electronic Frontier Foundation

The World Wide Web was created on a philosophical foundation of freedom and equality, but over the years those principles have faced many threats from bad actors seeking to make ever-increasing quantities of money off of the billions of people who depend on the internet for their livelihoods, relationships, and lifestyles. In 2010, the Federal … Continued

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Tip Jar 026: Historic Santa Fe Foundation

Between 1822 and 1880, the Santa Fe Trail connected the edge of the US frontier to New Mexico over nine hundred miles of plains, which passed through what was called at the time “Unorganized Territory,” but was in fact the nations of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Kiowa, and Comanche. Previously, the Spanish had enthusiastically enforced a … Continued

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Tip Jar 025: Youth Music Academy

Youth Music Academy, is a non-profit music school in our cover feature Kevin Morby’s home of Kansas City, Missouri. Founded by Sheree Yoder, YMA was created to provide affordable lessons to students of all ages. “YMA has been a dream of mine for my whole life” says Yoder. ‘To see students grow as they travel along their … Continued

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Tip Jar 024: Dress For Success

“Every 2 or 3 weeks, a techguy accidentally invents the concept of the city bus” goes the oft-repeated tweet from @boring_as_heck. Sometimes the nonprofit world can feel like the tech world. There are so many charities that start up all the time and each one purports to be changing the world, but often what they’re doing … Continued

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Tip Jar 023: Cars That Care

As our guest editor for this issue, Mike Spinelli writes in his introductory letter to this issue: “For residents of suburbs, exurbs, and rural areas—which offer a far lower cost of living relative to cities—as well as for those in low-income communities facing displacement from urban gentrification, cars are not a vice to be given … Continued

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Tip Jar 022: Sourceress

As Colleen King and Carolyn Kissick sat in Tartine Manufactory in San Francisco, the conversation kept circling back to the same theme: how do consumers who value their purchasing power still feel so disconnected from ingredient sourcing?“If only I could take them to Ethiopia to show how many hands coffee passes through,” King lamented. “Or … Continued

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Tip Jar 021: Girls Make Beats

“[Only] Six women have been nominated for Producer Of The Year (though, as yet, no woman has taken home the award),” according to Grammy.com (2014). Girls Make Beats is here to change that. Girls Make Beats works with girls aged eight to seventeen to help them further their careers as music producers, DJs, and audio … Continued

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Tip Jar 020: In A World With Books

14% of adults in this country can’t read this paragraph. That’s one out of every seven people in the US. Although we have mountains of research on the benefits of reading to children in their early development, by the time the average student reaches kindergarten they will have watched nearly 5,000 hours of television—more time … Continued

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