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Afghan Child Education and Care Organization

BY THE NUMBERS: More than 11 orphanages established in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 2003 WHO'S IN CHARGE: Andeisha Farid, 28, a former war refugee from Afghanistan. Before launching...

Foundation Rwanda

BY THE NUMBERS: More than 830 children of rape survivors have been educated through Foundation Rwanda sponsorships since 2008.WHO...

Environmental Defense Fund

BY THE NUMBERS: Four million acres of private land are now protected under the group’s Safe Harbor program, which helps landowners preserve endangered-species habitat on their property.

The Year of Giving Adventurously

Citizen philanthropy is on the rise—and so are the nonprofits. Here are the 30 organizations and innovators truly making a difference, delivering health care in rural Asia, distributing...

Shelterbox

BY THE NUMBERS: More than one million natural-­disaster victims supplied since 2001WHO'S IN CHARGE: Tom Henderson, 61, a former Royal Navy search-and-rescue diver and offshore-drilling...

American Himalayan Foundation

BY THE NUMBERS: 300,000 Nepalis, Tibetans, and Sherpas served by 140 education, health care, and human-welfare ­programs this year aloneWHO'S IN CHARGE: Erica Stone, 60, a University...

Oceana

BY THE NUMBERS: Since 2001, Oceana’s research and political outreach have helped persuade governments to increase protections for 1.2...

The Trials of Bidder 70

HERE under the harsh blue lights, in a cavernous ballroom of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., people are celebrating the clean...

How the Nomad Found Home

MIKE FAY IS WEARING a headlamp to cut through the gloom of his bush cabin in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National forest. It’s about 5 P.M. on a November afternoon, nearly dark...

On the Origin of His Species

Here’s how it usually goes down: A rare species of bird shows up. A birder calls in the sighting to a hotline. Others race to see it. News outlets run stories about the curious...

The Economic Case Against Keystone XL

By this point, everyone knows that the Keystone XL Pipeline is an environmental disaster in the making—that’s what happens when twenty of the nation...

Noise From the Field: The Top 10 Field Recordings

For as long as recording equipment has existed, we've been pointing it at hippos, shoving it down anthills, and dropping it into the sea—to learn more about animal behavior, document...

Tree Wizard

Leafsnap is the nature companion of the future. Take a picture of any leaf and the app uses face-recognition-like software to identify the tree it came from. It also networks...

Number One With a Bullet

THE CAREER OF THE NOTORIOUS Indian wildlife poacher Naren Pegu came to an end early on the morning of December 13, 2010, in the Eastern Range of Kaziranga National Park. Tucked away in the...

Totally Psyched for the Full-Rip Nine

PITY POOR CASSANDRA, blessed by Apollo with the power of prophecy, cursed with the fate of ­disbelief. She tells the people what’s coming. She suffers their laughter, absorbs their...

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