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Innovation Prize Featured in Inside Philanthropy

Inside Philanthropy featured The J.M.K. Innovation Prize for its efforts to seek out nascent projects across the United States, not just in the small handful of metropolitan areas that have seen an increased concentration of philanthropic wealth.

“Coral Survival” XPRIZE Created as a Result of Coral Vita’s Efforts

Coral Vita was part of the team that won XPRIZE Visioneering, a competition that convenes a select group of leaders and experts to evaluate, prioritize and fund competition designs. As a result of their efforts, there will be a "Coral Survival" XPRIZE that calls for innovations that can scale coral survival 1,000 fold to help replenish our coral reefs. Read more at XPRIZE's website.

Innovation Prize Awardees Industrial Commons and Coalfield Development Named Amongst Grantees of Communities Thrive Challenge

Innovation Prize Awardees Molly Hemstreet and Sarah Chester of Industrial Commons and Brandon Dennison of Coalfield Development were named two of the ten grantees of the Communities Thrive Challenge, a collaboration between the Rockefeller Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to expand economic opportunity for low-income and financially insecure people and communities across the country. Grantees will receive $1 million to scale their solutions, as well as technical assistance. Learn more by visiting the  Communities Thrive Challenge website, watch the videos of Industrial Commons and Coalfield Development, or read the press release.

ScholarCHIPS interviewed on NBC 4

Yasmine Arrington and five of her ScholarCHIPS scholars were interviewed by long-time journalist, Barbara Hasrrison, on NBC 4. Watch the full video here.

Interview with Christina Fialho of Freedom for Immigrants (formerly CIVIC)

Christina Fialho, co-founder of Freedom for Immigrants (formerly CIVIC), offers insight into the abuses of our current immigrant detention system and how community-based alternatives to detention, such as her Revolving Immigration Detention Bond Fund, offer a more humane and cost effective solution. Read more in her interview with Ashoka, featured in Forbes: The Alternative To Immigrant Detention Everyone Should Know About.

Coral Vita to Construct World’s First Land-Based Commercial Coral Farm

Cora Vita will soon begin constructing the world's first land-based coral farm in the Bahamas. In these farms, they intend to not only grow coral faster than it grows in the ocean - but to help make the coral more resilient. Read the whole article on Fast Company.

California Harvesters is Transforming Agricultural Labor

California Harvesters, a project of The Workers Lab and 2017 Innovation Prize awardee, is transforming agricultural labor practices and improving the treatment of farmworkers. Read Fast Company's full article here: How a Small Worker-Owned trust Could Transform Agricultural Labor for Decades

Elizabeth Vartkessian’s Op-Ed in the Baltimore Sun

In "All Serious Criminal Cases Deserve Podcast-Style Scrutiny," Liz Vartkessian notes that careful investigation of a conviction, theoretically guaranteed to all facing capital charges, can mean the difference between life and death. However, this type of scrutiny is done almost exclusively by non-profits as opposed to the criminal justice system and the courts that state this right. Read the full article in the Baltimore Sun here.

Founders of CIVIC Recieve Leadership Award

Christina Fialho and Christina Mansfield, founders of Social Justice grantee CIVIC, were recently awarded The James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award for their work to end isolation and create human conditions for immigrants in detention centers. Click here to read more: The James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards

Land Art Generator Initiative Case Study for ArtPlace America Report

Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) has been included in ArtPlace America's recent report as a case study. Click here to read the report: Farther, Faster, Together: How Arts and Culture Can Accelerate Environmental Progress.