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Does Your Community Have a Crowdfunding Platform Yet?

I’m still connected to my home in Denver and I’m still able to support good projects going on there, at least online. Like most people in Denver, I wasn’t born there but chose to make it my home. There’s something unique about a place where so many people choose to live, and I’m continually impressed by the amazing work people are doing there.

I’ve been traveling in Central and South America for the past two years, and seeing many different places in various countries has shown me the importance of doing good on the local, community level. In talking with world-changers at different NGOs in my travels (for my blog writing about people doing goodin the world), I’ve seen that while getting support from afar certainly helps, nothing gets done without the support of the local community.

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Poking Holes in Obama's Praise of Denver's Bruce Randolph School

The school is graduating 97 percent of seniors, but how many students drop out senior year?


In this week's State of the Union address, President Obama praised Denver's Bruce Randolph Middle and High School as a model of education reform that works. Last year the campus, which was taken over by its teachers, graduated 97 percent of seniors despite being located in a low-income, urban area—something most similar high schools have yet to achieve. But is Bruce Randolph's success all that it's cracked up to be?

Mike Cohen, the head of the advocacy group Achieve, Inc., says that although that graduation rate is worthy of praise, there's a another data point the public needs to know.

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