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Mid-Week Review: Kids Help Haiti, Teaching Quality, and SoCap2010

February 17, 2010

Good day, readers. Here’s a mid-week, Wednesday breather to update you on what’s been happening at the Center, as well as to fill you in on some exciting opportunities and topics that are buzzing about in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector.

News & Events for Haiti

  • The Center was recently asked to present for a live webstreaming event titled, The Crisis in Haiti: What Can YOU Do to Help?, hosted by UPenn’s Mid-Atlantic Gigapop in Philadelphia for Internet2 (MAGPI). You can tune-in via your internet browser and RealPlayer (8 or higher) this Friday, February 19th from 10am-1pm by visiting: You can also follow the event on twitter by following @MAGPIK20 and the hashtag #kidshelphaiti. (What’s a hashtag?) In our presentation, the Center narrowed down two main ideas that schools and K-12 students can use when offering support and resources to the people of Haiti. (The full presentation will be available this Friday 2/19.)
    • Focus on Impact for positive change and Sustainability for the future by partnering with nonprofits that work in Haiti to help the Haitian people rebuild their own communities. We offer an example from our previous post, Haiti: Focus on Children.
    • Teach other students, teachers, and parents in schools and communities about the nonprofits helping in Haiti and be creative in finding ways to raise money for helping now and staying involved later.

Teaching Quality at the Center

The Center recently released its “Blueprint” for answering the question, How can philanthropic capital improve teaching quality in the U.S.? Our team, led by Project Manager, Kate Barrett, has been working since last September to produce a philanthropic investment guide which we plan to release later this year. If you would like to collaborate or become involved with this project, you can follow our updates via blog (tag: Teaching Quality) or @impactteaching on twitter, or contact Kate at or 215.746.3042. For more information on our work in education in the U.S., please visit: or follow @impactpathways on twitter.

What’s “SoCap-pening” in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector?

For those of you familiar with the Social Capital (SoCap) Markets Conference, you know that it is the place to be each year in San Francisco if you a have an interest in social entrepreneurship and social investing. It was even recently referred to as the “Woodstock” for social entrepreneurs. Last year’s conference was attended by the newly appointed head of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, Sonal Shah, formerly of This year’s conference will feature a new focus on philanthropy and social investing, with a Tactical Philanthropy Track, spearheaded by Sean Stannard-Stockton of Tactical Philanthropy Advisors. Why is this exciting? Well, the buzz around social entrepreneurship (or SocEnt to you twitter-folk) has been hovering in, out, and in-between the walls of the nonprofit and philanthropic sector for a while and I’m glad to see they have finally connected in tangible form. Check out the latest post on Sean’s Tactical Philanthropy blog, Crowdsourcing the SoCap Conference for a list of session concepts and ideas for the upcoming SoCap2010 conference, taking place October 4th-6th in San Francisco. We will be posting some feedback on those ideas as well.

Sean recently posed a challenge on coming up with “sticky” words for philanthropy based on the book “Made To Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die,” by Chip & Dan Heath of FastCompany, an online magazine and web portal for social entrepreneurs. Some of the entries were: gracious, empathetic, weaving, practical, humble, and juicy. The randomly chosen winner was “Connected,” which also “connects” to a blog post, Connected Philanthropy, written by Allison Fine in 2007 on SocialEdge, a program of the Skoll Foundation and popular blog and web portal for those interested in social entrepreneurship.

The winds of social change, entrepreneurship, and responsibility have been wafting through our offices at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy with the intersection of nonprofits, philanthropy, and social entrepreneurship. Kat Rosqueta, our executive director, is a member of the Alliance for Effective Social Investing as well as the Social Impact Exchange, which is a collaborative project of the Growth Philanthropy Network and Duke University’s Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society (CSPCS), funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Kat is also a guest lecturer for a course in Wharton’s Program for Social Impact, Social Impact and Responsibility: Foundations, taught by Professor Nien-hê Hsieh, and she has recently joined the Penn Social Responsibility Advisory Committee (SRAC). Stay tuned for updates on these developments and the ideas and buzz surrounding philanthropy, nonprofit, and social impact by following us on twitter: @impactsp2, @impactsp2walden, or by joining us on facebook (see the “FACEBOOK” badge on the right-hand side of this blog), and LinkedIn. You can also check out our “BLOGROLL”, located on the bottom-right of this blog to stay connected and informed on emerging ideas and to contribute your thoughts.

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