Top 10 most innovative nonprofits of 2018—and how they're tackling education

The Ford Foundation is the world's most innovative nonprofit of 2018, according to a ranking by Fast Company.

To compile the ranking, more than three dozen editors, reporters, and contributors surveyed thousands of organizations around the world to identify the most notable breakthroughs, writes Fast Company. The researchers investigated each innovation's effect on industry and greater culture.  

Here are 2018's most innovative nonprofits:

1. Ford Foundation
2. Color of Change
3. GrantAdvisor
4. GiveDirectly
5. MacArthur Foundation
6. Roddenberry Foundation
7. Common Goal
8. Stackla for Good
9. Hult Prize
10. Fluxx

A few of the nonprofits that made the list are focusing their efforts on improving education.

The MacArthur Foundation invested $100 million in the Sesame Workshop and International Rescue Committee's proposal to develop programming to address the educational gaps of 9.4 million refugee children, writes Fast Company. Similarly, the Ford Foundation earned the top spot by pledging to deploy $1 billion of its $12 billion endowment across the next decade to improve equality through civic, social, and education reform.

And the Hult Prize made the list for rallying student innovators around a common cause. For their 2017 challenge, the nonprofit asked college and university students around the globe to improve the lives of at least one million refugees across the next five years (Fast Company rankings, accessed 3/14; Fast Company methodology, accessed 3/14).

Related: The 16 most innovative higher ed leaders


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