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News and Events 5-4-12: Communities, Children, Chinese Philanthropy, and College

May 4, 2012

May the Fourth Be With You

Community Health and Well-Being

U.S. health centers for poor, uninsured see ranks swell: New report shows that nonprofit community health centers continue to see rising numbers of needy patients up from 17 million to 20 million in the last four years. These safety net clinics meet a critical need for low-income and uninsured Americans. See our analysis for how this model delivers care effectively and cost-efficiently.

Science in Action—Teen Violence Prevention Keeps It Real: The Briana and Damon project out of Penn’s School of Nursing is focused on evidenced-based research being deployed in communities.

If I Ran Philanthropy in China, I would __________

“If I Ran Philanthropy:” Dawning Philanthropy in China Poses Interesting Question for U.S.: Dean Gelles of the School of Social Policy & Practice talked with the Philadelphia Inquirer about the rise of philanthropy in China and poses the following questions to donors in the United States:

  • If the whole concept and possibility of philanthropy were just dawning in the U.S., what would you want to see done differently?
  • What should China look to adopt—or eschew—as it looks at other nations’ approach to philanthropy?

Please respond by commenting on this blog post or by emailing us at If you’re up for a challenge of answering in less than 140 characters, tweet your answer to us at @impactsp2 with the hashtag #IfIRanPhilanthropy.

For Chinese, lessons in Philanthropy 101 at Penn: Tianxue Qiu of Beijing, China, and graduate of the Master of Science  Nonprofit/NGO Leadership program in Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice, hosted groups of Chinese officials eager to learn Philanthropy 101, U.S.-style.

Good Radio

Child Welfare: Protecting children’s interests: Dean Gelles of the School of Social Policy & Practice joins Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane to discuss the tragic death of 6-year-old Khalil Wimes, who was allegedly starved and beaten to death by his parents.

Mark Birdsall, Director of Youth Programs at the Triskeles Foundation will discuss their “Food for All” program with host Mike McGrath on “You Bet Your Garden”, Saturday, May 5th between 11am – 12pm EST.

An Intervention for College Attendance

H&R Block College Financial Aid Application Assistance: Evidence from a randomized controlled trial (RCT) showed a 29% increase in likelihood of college attendance for two consecutive years. Read the full evidence summary at the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy.

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