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Aug 07, 2012
Grand Canyon University (GCU) had been serving students in Phoenix since 1951. But in 2004 GCU, a private, nonprofit university faced a crisis: it was $20 million in debt and about to close its doors after more than half a century… learn More about A Campus Revitalizes Phoenix’s West Side
Jul 10, 2012
In 1992, American horror films director Charles Kaufmann was at a crossroads in his life. The film industry was changing and his passion for the industry was waning. A novice bread baker, Kaufman would often sneak away from Cannes Film Festival screenings to bake bread at local Cannes bakeries… learn More about How a San Diego Bakery Brought a Community Together
Jul 10, 2012
Steve Rice grew up near Bremerton, Washington, where one out of five city residents lives in poverty, and where the median household income is almost $20,000 lower than the state’s median. In 1985, he returned to the city to set up his architecture practice - Rice Fergus Miller - with the goal of becoming a “community architect” and devoting his professional life to helping improve the city… learn More about Designing a Sustainable Future for Bremerton
Jun 28, 2012
In 1998, Chris Mittelstaedt was working in an entry level position at a high end hotel in San Francisco. With a desire to accomplish more both professionally and personally, he launched the ‘FruitGuys®,’ a company dedicated to providing fresh fruit, or “nature’s candy” as an alternative to junk food and other unhealthy snack options to local business people. … learn More about How One Company is Providing Healthy Eating Options to Businesses and Communities Around the US
Jun 28, 2012
San Francisco’s cost of living is 66 percent higher than the national average. The cost of living coupled with shrinking public budgets for affordable housing initiatives and investments can present serious economic hurdles for low-income residents… learn More about Business with a Mission in San Francisco