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March 16, 2012

New Resource for Performance Measurement

PerformWell (formerly the OEPP)—a collaborative effort by the Urban Institute, Child Trends, and Social Solutions: Several of us participated in the webinar last week and recommend that others to visit the beta site and offer feedback on this new tool.

Penn Event Announcement

Philanthrocapitalism & Global Health: The Department of History & Sociology of Science, the Health & Societies Program, and the Center for Public Health Initiatives present Anne-Emmanuelle Birn from the University of Toronto speaking on “Philanthrocapitalism and Global Health.”

  • Thursday, March 22, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
  • 105 Lauder-Fisher Hall, (37th St. Walk between McNeil Building and Steinberg-Dietrich Hall)

Other News

In Africa’s Vanishing Forests, the Benefits of Bamboo: Reminds us of the significant impact deforestation can have on rural communities. Not only are families more vulnerable because of flooding and mudslides, but also are less able to feed their families and make a living due to decreased crop yields from loss of top-soil. Promising strategies such as the one mentioned, as well as the sustainable, agro-forestry model in our Haiti guide, can increase income while regenerating deforested soil.

How To Be Creative: Author and columnist Jonah Lehrer provides an evidence-based and hopeful message about creativity, one that can help donors and nonprofit leaders alike get to smarter solutions. He was also one of the keynote speakers at this year’s GEO conference attended by our colleague and senior fellow, Melinda Tuan.

When Philanthropy Goes Wrong: Our Center’s work focuses on the social impact—improvements in people’s lives—that donors seek. This article addresses other, related isues—donor intent, governance, political and other beliefs—that often determine when, how, and to whom grants are made.

The Reproduction of Privilege: More evidence of interplay between a widening income and education gap, and the role of college access in perpetuating trends.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 19, 2012 9:30 pm

    I’m curious about the idea of Philanthrocapitalism. Any insight into what the basis for the idea is?

    • March 20, 2012 11:18 am

      PhilanthroCapitalism is the title of a book by Matthew Bishop and Michael Green. Here is a definition by co-author, Matthew Bishop on Alliance Maganize: “a micro-level definition: it is a new way of doing philanthropy, which mirrors the way that business is done in the for-profit capitalist world.” The book also has an associated blog: http://www.philanthrocapitalism.net.

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