2006 Social Capitalist Awards
The amazing organizations that received the Fast Company/Monitor Group Social Capitalist Awards have found a better way to do good: They're using the disciplines of the corporate world to tackle daunting social problems. In our third exclusive ranking, we used a similarly hard-nosed approach to find the 25 best social entrepreneurs.
This special section builds on the article  in the January 2006 issue and includes a look at the business lessons to be learned from our winners, details about our methodology, position statements contributed by the organizations -- and ways to donate to them.
The Top 25 Groups That Are Changing the World
- Filling the Void 
- Introducing the Fast Company/Monitor Group Social Capitalist Award winners -- 25 entrepreneurs solving the world's toughest problems with creativity, ingenuity, and passion. Because they can't stand a vacuum.
- The Gates Effect 
- The world's biggest private foundation wants to fix American high schools. Is it laying its enormous bets in the right places?
- The Good Business of Social Change 
- Our Social Capitalist winners have developed some best practices that leaders in any sector can learn from. Here are their insights.
- The Rising Stars 
- Two relatively new organizations, though not award winners, were cited by our board of advisors for their extraordinary potential.
- How We Did It 
- The method behind the Social Capitalists.
- Advisory Board 
- Profiles of the five prominent leaders who helped pick our award winners.
- Nominating Board 
- Profiles of the people who helped nominate the initial organizations whose work is notable for its ingenuity and results.
- Expert Advisers 
- Profiles of the advisers we approached for specific domain expertise.