Tip Jar

Our weekly feature highlighting individuals and organizations doing great things

Tip Jar 026: 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 025: 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 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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Tip Jar 019: Food 4 Farmers

In 2007 a study conducted by the Centro Internacional para la Agricultura Tropical came to the shocking conclusion that “even producers who receive fair trade premiums suffer a period of food insecurity ranging from one to seven months of the year — every year.” Food 4 Farmers, formed in 2010 by a group of specialty … Continued

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Tip Jar 018: The Animal Legal Defense Fund

Earlier this year a German city was scandalized when a debt collector for the city seized a family’s purebred pug and sold the dog on eBay to be counted against the family’s debts. Most people are unaware that pets are legally classified as property under the law, and granted the same legal status as a … Continued

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Tip Jar 017: re.Sound

“Music is a magical gift we must nourish and cultivate in our children, especially now as scientific evidence proves that an education in the arts makes better math and science students, enhances spatial intelligence in newborns, and let’s not forget that the arts are a compelling solution to teen violence, certainly not the cause of … Continued

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