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News & Events | 24 September 2012 | Philanthropy and Impact, Policy & Practice, RFPs, and More

September 24, 2012

Philanthropy and Impact

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of the 4th Annual CLASSY Awards held on Saturday, September 22, 2012. Stay tuned for an event recap and photo gallery.

The Wounded Warrior Project accepts the 2012 CLASSY Award for Charity of the Year.

My New Model of Giving: In this essay in Forbes, Bill Gates discusses the catalytic role philanthropy can play when markets fail to produce needed products (e.g., vaccines and medicines) for diseases of poor populations.

Water for People CEO: We Need to Focus on Outcomes, Not Inputs: Rahim Kanani interviews Ned Breslin on measuring impact and how Water for People is using cellphone-based technology to collect, manage, and analyze data.

Policy & Practice

Toward a More Perfect Union: The Futures Account: Richard Gelles, dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice and author of The Third Lie, has an essay on expanding home ownership and higher education access in the Sep/Oct Penn Gazette. The full article pdf can be found here.

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania Announces $11 Million in Lead Gifts to Establish the Wharton Public Policy Initiative: Mark Duggan, Chair of the Department of Business Economics and Public Policy, professor of Business Economics and Public Policy, and professor of Health Care Management at Wharton, will lead the Wharton Public Policy Initiative in connecting the business community with policymakers in Washington DC.

Request For Proposals from Nonprofits

GreenLight Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) Initiative: The opportunity to submit an RFP for the GreenLight Fund, SIF Initiative is here. Six national nonprofit organizations (two in Philadelphia) will be selected to win five-year awards in the range of $750,000 to $1,500,000. Visit the GreenLight Fund website for resources such as the application outline and the RFP.


Life Spans Shrink for Least-Educated Whites in the U.S.: While many Americans are experiencing health gains, new data point to a disturbing decrease in life expectancy for white women in the U.S. without high school degrees. Reasons suggested include increases in smoking, prescription drug abuse, single parenting, and limited healthcare coverage.


Left Behind: Dropping Out: Full audio of an NPR (PRX series) one-hour special on high school dropouts.

Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror: There was a fair amount of discussion at the recent 100Kin10 meeting in Chicago about how to make STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) appear cool—to both teachers and students—in what people judge to be a fairly math- and science-phobic culture. The meeting facilitator, Al Bertani, showed this video at the end of the meeting in response….it is pretty amazing.

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