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News & Events | 18 March 2013 | We’re Hiring, Force-Feeding Ethics, Musings on Measurement, Social Impact & Film

March 18, 2013

Job Announcement

Analyst & Project Manager: The Center for High Impact Philanthropy seeks an analyst and project manager for its applied research and donor engagement initiatives. We are a small, highly collaborative, multi-disciplinary team, and are looking for a professional who is comfortable with ambiguity, intellectually entrepreneurial, and enjoys a fast-paced learning environment.

Full details and the link to apply via the Penn Job Board (Reference #130334261) can be found here.

For details about student research assistant opportunities for part-time Spring/Fall and full-time Summer work, please visit our website.

Force-Feeding Ethics

How to Force Ethics on the Food Industry: Michael Mudd, a former Kraft Foods executive, offers promising strategies for decreasing obesity and increasing nutrition. These strategies include: more stringent policies for food advertizing to children, excise taxes on the most unhealthy foods to support educational or healthy food initiatives (similar to tobacco taxes), clear labeling of the nutritional value of all foods, and community educational campaigns to help families understand their choices.

We’re also working on a food system opportunity map for donors to highlight strategies within impact areas such as health, environment, community, and rights and equity. Some of our team members attended last week’s Feeding Cities conference at Penn and will be sharing some updates on our work in the coming weeks.

Musings on Measurement

Listening to Those Who Matter Most, the Beneficiaries: Nonprofits and foundations often ignore the opinions of the beneficiaries of their social programs. More often than not, however, they provide valuable insight into a program’s utility.

Measuring Impact: Keep it Clear and Simple: Blogger Larry Probus uses the example of World Vision, an international NGO dedicated to improving access to clean water, to demonstrate that maintaining simplicity can significantly motivate both donors and beneficiaries in working towards a common goal.

Nonprofit Social Media Measurement: Tools and Tips for Tracking: This article discusses the most effective social media tools for nonprofits to attract donations and improve social impact. Of the most popular social media tools, Twitter tends to be more engaging than Google Plus and Facebook. And on that note, you can follow us on twitter at @impactSP2.

A Discussion on Social Entrepreneurship Through Film

Did you catch our winners of the Social Impact Oscars? Are you interested in how film can inspire social change? Then you might want to check out the following event, co-sponsored by Civic House and Wharton Social Impact Initiative.

WHO & WHAT: A discussion with Ricky Staub, founder of Neighborhood Film Company and Working Film Establishment

WHEN & WHERE: Thursday, March 21st, 6pm-7pm at Wharton’s Huntsman Hall (3730 Walnut St), Room F60


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