A survey of 2016’s best and most creative not-for-profit organizations.

By Gina Desmond

1) The Foundation for Detroit’s Future

In 2014, a federal judge and Detroit-based entrepreneur Kevyn Orr formed The Foundation for Detroit’s Future. The organization contributed $366m over a 20 year span. The funds helped save the Detroit Institute of Art, as well as numerous of its art works.



2) The ALS Association

The ALS Association generates funds to pay for research concerning ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). In the summer of 2014, the organization managed to raise over $100m through the Ice Bucket Challenge (which was initiated by the public, including many ALS patients). The challenge involved well-known celebrities posting videos of themselves on YouTube of themselves getting soaked with a bucket with ice and water. The ordeal generated a lot of international attention. The ALS Association promoted the idea, which generated $21.7m (most of which was used for ALS research).





3) Taking It To The Streets

Taking It To The Streets is an American NPO that generates funding to help individuals in poverty throughout selected regions. The organization is managed by entrepreneur Rene Boisvert. Boisvert devises for-profit business strategies that generate income. These are then used to provide education, job training, housing, food, and medical help to numerous people in need throughout the U.S. Taking It To The Streets works with numerous media and corporate partners and other philanthropic organizations.


4) The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation was created through a cyber initiative to conduct research on cyber privacy, innovation, and data security. The organization has generated over $65m to date. Funds are being by Berkeley (University of California), Stanford University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to help protect governments and the public from hackers and online criminal activity.






5) Direct Relief

Direct Relief was created to eradicate the Ebola outbreak that took place around 2013. In collaboration with the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the organization used an interactive mapping system that outlined the locations where Ebola was spreading the most. This led to an organized and effective campaign to set up clinics and distribute medicine and protective equipment where it was needed the most.