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News & Events | 8 April 2013 | Play Ball, Design for Development, Impact Matters, Food System Overhaul, Guns, and More

April 8, 2013

In case you missed it…

Our recent mention on the Generocity social good platform tells how we are Teaching Impact at Penn.

Play Ball, But Not Just With Data

What Moneyball Didn’t Teach You About Measurement: Analysts in the nonprofit world are faced with a dilemma: How can they provide insights, in addition to numbers? This article proposes three ways: answer the right questions, use visuals to communicate, and realize data is only part of the whole picture. This also applies to Moneyball Philanthropy…

Design for Development

Five Skills Designers Have That Global Development Needs: President of DevEx, Raj Kumar, explains what is needed for successful innovations in global development: Systems Thinking, Fresh Eyes, Prototyping, Focus on People, and Capacity Building.

Survey Says: Impact Matters!

Understanding the Anatomy of Giving: “Impact giving” tops a decisive influence for giving and there is a desire to give more if donors have “stronger evidence their gifts are making a difference.” Read the latest survey results from SEI Private Wealth Management’s online survey in Nov 2012 with more than 200 individuals averaging a net worth of nearly $11 million.

Food System Overhaul

Obama Plan to Overhaul Global Food Aid Spurs Lobbying Fight: On the heels of the recent Penn Feeding Cities conference, there is news that The White House wants to change its method of distributing international food aid. The plan is to end the practice of buying domestically-farmed food and, instead, buy food from developed nations in the hope of saving millions in shipping costs. Controversy ensues…

SP2 Save the Dates

gun violence confConference on gun violence and movie screening on Wednesday, April 17th, 3-5pm: The “Finding Common Ground, Moving Forward” conference will open with a movie: Living for 32, followed by panel discussion with Captain Mark Kelly, husband of former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and others. Free registration is here.

Apply by Tuesday, April 30th for a chance to live in the Social Impact House in the Berkshires: If you are a Penn student or alum with a passion for social impact and evidence of launching a for-profit or nonprofit venture, you could be one of 22 selected to live in the Schwartz Family Penn Social Impact House. More details at:

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