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News and Events: Links to what we’re reading this week

December 9, 2011

Every week we share emails with our team members about news and events. Instead of keeping this to ourselves, we’re sharing them with you, too.

Holiday Giving

  • We’re not the only ones who published a Holiday Giving Guide—here are New York Times journalist Nick Kristof’s recommendations for Gifts That Say You Care better than a reindeer sweater does.
  • Recent Penn research on Why we give to charity was covered by the Boston Globe; it reveals the hard truth that when people think critically about giving, it may reduce their overall generosity.
  • Barron’s profiles Five Fascinating Philanthropists that don’t just write checks—they donate their time, and get results.

Hunger Issues

  • Lines Grow Long for Free School Meals, Thanks to Economy:  A recent New York Times article reports that the number of students that qualify for free or reduced federal lunch has grown by 17 percent since 2006-7.
  • A Slate article this week, Can the Cans, quotes Center Director Kat Rosqueta on why donating cash to charities is far more effective than donating canned food. Writer Matthew Yglesias notes that you could d0 “dramatically more good by eating that tuna yourself and forking over a check for half the price of a single can of Chicken of the Sea.”

Investing in Impact

  • Forbes’s December issue names the Impact 30, a list of top social entrepreneurs that use business to address social issues. The list includes Jean Desravines of New Leaders for New Schools, an organization mentioned in the Center’s guide to improving teaching quality. 
  • The Brookings Institution calls on Congress to use cost-effectiveness measures and to continue investing in programs such as Nurse-Family Partnership and the Investing in Innovation education fund—if it works, don’t cut it.
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