07/09/2010 04:00 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

KaBOOM! Helps Low Income Communities Build Their Own Playgrounds For Children

KaBOOM! aspires to create a "great place to play within walking distance of every child." Founded by Darell Hammond in 1996, the DC-based organization grew steadily in its first decade, building hundreds of playgrounds in low-income neighborhoods around the U.S. Along the way, it helped to revolutionize the playground-building industry, making it less about making money and more about enlivening communities.

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