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December 7, 2016

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This year was a big one for groundbreaking ideas in the social sector. We've seen conventional wisdom turned on its head in favor of innovative high impact solutions. One of those solutions was recently highlighted in the New York Times as a pioneer of "human touch" in social innovation.

The human touch is also a key part of health. That’s true for personal health behaviors — for example, GirlTrek, which has created a nationwide movement of black women who walk together.

GirlTrek, co-founded by T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, inspires and supports African American women and girls to live their healthiest, most fulfilled lives – simply by walking. Through grassroots organizing and award-winning social media campaigns, GirlTrek supports over 20,000 walkers, 300 volunteers and inspires an ever-growing network of 175,000 supporters.

GirlTrek was a grantee in our inaugural Women's Accelerator cohort in 2014. The Women's Accelerator is a one-year program designed to help extraordinary leaders build capacity in their organizations and increase impact. Across a range of issue areas, these women are pioneering new social problem solving approaches, building new movements, and creating new pathways to opportunity for all Americans. Following the success of this group, we recently announced the second Women's Accelerator cohort, another group of eight extraordinary female entrepreneurs.

For more of 2016's boldest approaches to social change, read the full article in the New York Times here.

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