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Effective compassion winners

by Marvin Olasky
From nine finalists came one whose commitment to children of inmates received top billing.

First fruits

by Marvin Olasky
From hundreds of nominations, we've picked nine effective poverty-fighting groups for a $20,000 contest. Here are the first three.

The next three

by Marvin Olasky
These next three finalists creatively aid the needy and help them to follow through.

Three more

by Marvin Olasky
The final three of the nine finalists in our Hope Award for Effective Compassion contest embody perseverance.

Nominees

Grand Prize Winner
Forgiven Ministry | Taylorsville, N.C.

Forgiven, not forgotten: North Carolina ministry seeks to build ties between prisoners and their children | by Jamie Dean

Runner-Up
CrossOver Ministry | Richmond, Va.

CrossOver appeal: A Christian health clinic becomes a safety net for the uninsured | by Emily Belz

Runner-Up
Snappin' | Oconomowoc, Wisc.

Keeping parents sane: Snappin' comes to help when the families of disabled children are about to snap | by Alisa Harris

Christ for People with Developmental Disabilities | Anoka, Minn.

Church of the disabled: Minnesota's Christ for People leaves no one behind | by Alisa Harris

I Am a Treasure | Los Angeles

Jesus & strippers: I Am a Treasure lavishes the love of Christ on women in the sex industry | by Emily Belz

Northern Youth Program | Dryden, Ontario, Canada

Northern light: In an Inuit area overwhelmed by sexual abuse and suicide, Clair and Clara Schnupp help young men see God's mercy | by Jill Lacey

Campus Clubs | Macon, Ga.

Macon disciples: Campus Clubs teaches poor children about the value of work, and their own value in Christ: 'Just because you're in the 'hood doesn't mean the 'hood is in you' | by Jamie Dean

Roving Volunteers in Christ's Service | Smithville, Texas

Roving retirees: Seniors trade golf clubs for hammers to help Christian nonprofits | by Emily Belz

Galilean Children's Home | Liberty, Ky.

Welcome home: Children with severe disabilities, many of them abandoned, find more than just a place to live at Galilean Children's Home | by Jamie Dean