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News & Events | 26 November 2012 | Hunger Games, Public Citizens & Smart People, Hurricane Sandy, #GivingTuesday

November 26, 2012


Interview with Bill Clark of Philabundance on Innovating to End Hunger: Our executive director, Kat Rosqueta, talks with the executive director of Philabundance on the Spring 2013 launch of a nonprofit grocery store in Chester County, PA.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s Food Stamp Challenge: Last week, Newark Mayor Cory Booker took to twitter with plans to join the University of Bridgeport’s SNAP Food Challenge, along with other mayors such as Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. In a later twitter update, Mayor Booker confirmed his participation in the challenge—living on a budget of $35 for food and drinks—from December 4th through 11th.

Public Citizens and Smartest People in Social Policy & Practice

NASW-PA Public Citizen of the Year: Dr. Richard J. Gelles, dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice, was recently named Public Citizen of the Year by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association for Social Work (NASW). As one of the founders of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at Penn, Dean Gelles helped launch our center that operates at the nexus of the best of social policy & practice and the best principles of effective business management.

The Smartest People in Philadelphia: Yael Lehmann, executive director of the Food Trust and SP2 alumna, was recognized as one of Philly’s smartest in Philadelphia Magazine. As we continue to work on our food funding opportunity map initiative, we will be sharing more on what we learn from Yael, the Food Trust, and other promising models and organizations.

Hurricane Sandy and Homelessness

What Hurricane Sandy Can Teach Us About Ending Homelessness: Forbes article on how addressing homelessness with long term solutions—not just short term shelters—is more cost effective and impactful. Also links to a USA Today article quoting SP2’s Dennis Culhane.

Giving Conversations on Giving Tuesday

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 27th, is “Giving Tuesday“—a day for giving back after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. You can watch a short video on how it started and read more about the people involved and organizational partners. And speaking of videos, Bridgespan will also be launching a new video project on Giving Tuesday, entitled “Conversations with Remarkable Givers: An Inside Look at Philanthropists’ Journeys“. Click below for a sneak preview.

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