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Every Person in New York

A venture capital firm? Not our beat.

A NYC-based, nonprofit venture capital firm (sic) named after a William Blake poem that invests in ideas for social change? Do sit down.

Echoing Green has been around since 1987, yet it seems more essential than ever. They get seed money "into the hands of the right person at the right time" or "invest in an amazing person with an outstanding social change idea." Those ideas can be also be economic, political or environmental. They've supported over 700 innovators, who have created organizations such as Teach for America, City Year, and One Acre Fund.

You can make a donation, which helps Echoing Green find and mentor emerging visionaries. If you have an idea that you think would work well with Echoing Green's mission, you can apply to become one of their fellows.

In the recent past, many financial institutions have created cash from their trash (or worse) so it's heartening to know about an enterprise that helps create value for communities and helps people do well by doing good.

The Long Term Care Community Coalition advocates to improve care for the elderly and disabled in nursing homes, assisted living and those who get care at home. They say, "Our work is predicated on the belief that frail elderly and disabled long term care consumers (and their loved ones)—have the right to access care in the least restrictive setting possible for them as individuals."

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for more at Jason's site and his book Every Person in New York.

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