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News and Events | 16 July 2012 | Penn Highlights, Education, and Philanthropy Around the World

July 16, 2012

Penn and Philanthropy

The Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize: The University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School are proud to announce the launch of the application process for the 2013 Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize, which recognizes and amplifies the work of organizations creating sustainable solutions to significant social and economic challenges — with an emphasis on transferability and impact of practices.

10 Great Social Innovation Reads: June 2012: The Center for High Impact Philanthropy’s blog post “Is Unsexy In” is on Social Velocity’s 10 Great Social Innovation Reads for June.

Education

Retooling Teach For America: Teach for America (TFA) alum Jared Billings argues for a retooling of that organization’s work to achieve greater impact. Several of his observations are consistent with evidence and perspectives we synthesized in High Impact Philanthropy to Improve Teaching Quality.

Trending Toward Reform: Teachers Speak on Unions and the Future of the Profession: Education Sector’s Sarah Rosenberg & Elena Silva examine survey findings from a random sampling of 1,100 K-12 public school teachers on reforms including new approaches to evaluation, tenure, pay, and the role of unions.

The Watercooler

Venture Philanthropy in Asia Grows With New Give2Asia Partnership: U.S.-based nonprofit organization — Give2Asia — recently announced a new partnership with the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network to develop venture-related philanthropy across Asia.

The bursting cultural bubble: Former Philadelphia Foundation and Nonprofit Finance Fund executive Nancy Burd discusses the University of Chicago Cultural Policy Center’s recently released “Set in Stone” report. The report and Nancy’s analysis highlights the pitfalls awaiting donors to arts and cultural organizations who fail to bring a business lens to their organization’s work.

Study Says Meeting Contraception Needs Could Cut Maternal Deaths by a Third: A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University shows that fulfilling unmet contraception demand by women in developing countries could reduce global maternal mortality by nearly a third.

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