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PHOTO: The Holmes Family of Misty Brook Farm, a Buy/Protect/Sell Project in Albion, was helped by Maine Community Foundationís $1 million loan to Maine Farmland Trust. Photo credit: Greta Rybus/Maine Farmland Trust.

ELLSWORTH, Maine – The Maine Community Foundation is one of the nation's best at finding ways to build community wealth using new approaches, according to a report released today. The report by the Maryland-based Democracy Collaborative names the Ellsworth-based foundation one of the Innovati ...Read More

PHOTO: Food banks say much of the produce left behind after a harvest would rot or be plowed under if farmers aren't allowed to deduct at least some of their costs of picking and transporting it for donation. Photo courtesy Oregon Food Bank.

PORTLAND, Ore. - The future of some types of charitable deductions is on the line as Congress returns to work this week and an Oregon senator may hold the key. Oregon Food Bank is one group awaiting action on the America Gives More Act. It's a package of provisions that includes reinstating federa ...Read More

PHOTO: Attorneys across Texas are being recognized for providing about $500 million worth of legal services to low-income residents each year. Photo credit: Stuart Seeger/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas - This is National Pro Bono Week, and while it will soon come to a close, the dramatic need for affordable legal services in Texas is a real struggle that continues each and every day. Attorney Harry Reasoner, chair of the Texas Access to Justice Commission, says with around five-mil ...Read More

PHOTO: B.V. Wine from California's Napa Valley is donating a portion of profits from sales in Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C. to the nonprofit Chesapeake Bay Trust. The nonprofit funds about $5 million in projects and programs to improve the bay each year. Photo credit: NOAA.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A bi-coastal partnership is mixing water with fine wines to benefit projects to restore Chesapeake Bay. Beaulieu Vineyard, or B.V. Wine, from California's Napa Valley is donating a portion of its profits from sales in Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C. to the nonprofit Chesape ...Read More

PHOTO: Clatsop County may soon be known for more than its beautiful beach scenery. It has been selected for a five-year health improvement challenge, the Way to Wellville, with a $5 million prize at stake. Photo credit: Steven Pavlov, Wikimedia Commons.
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ASTORIA, Ore. - Clatsop County on the Oregon Coast is one of five communities in the U.S. selected for a five-year health improvement challenge, with a prize of $5 million. Several Oregon communities applied, but Clatsop County is the only Oregon finalist. The project is called the "Way to Wellvill ...Read More

PHOTO: An estimated 1,400 adoptive families in Indiana on a waiting list for the State Adoption Subsidy since 2009 will finally get the money they need. Photo credit: Rich Mullins/morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS – Hundreds of adopted children and their families in Indiana will finally receive long awaited support. In 2009, the state began placing families that adopted children with special needs on a waiting list for additional financial help. Gov. Mike Pence is now releasing $10 mill ...Read More

PHOTO: Oregon Food Bank picks up 1,000-pound bins of onions every other week from River Point Farms in Hermiston, for distribution to emergency food pantries across the state. Photo courtesy River Point Farms.

HERMISTON, Ore. - As farmers spend the next few months bringing in their bounty, Oregon Food Bank is asking more of them to rethink what they do with the produce that is perfectly good to eat but not quite good enough to market. Food, almost past its prime, is often donated to food banks, but it req ...Read More

PHOTO: Glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol tests are free during the Way to Well tour, making stops in communities throughout the Gem State, including a stop in Caldwell on Wednesday. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

CALDWELL, Idaho - Glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol tests are free to the public during the Way to Well tour, making stops in communities throughout the Gem State, including a stop in Caldwell on Wednesday. AARP Idaho is teaming up with Walgreens to offer the free health information, and AARP ...Read More

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