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News & Events | 15 April 2013 | Early Childhood Literacy, Keeping an Eye on Impact, DAF Widget, & Global Philanthropy

April 15, 2013

Early Childhood Literacy

The Power of Talking to Your Baby: We’ve long known that language acquisition starts early and is very different among socioeconomic groups (see the first section of our Pathways to Student Success for more). This blog by Tina Rosenberg highlights applying this research to large populations using tools and technology that can provide feedback to parents and care providers.

Keeping an Eye on Impact

The Giving Business: Ken Stern’s new book With Charity for All  – reviewed today in the Wall Street Journal – highlights many of the key issues that prevent the nonprofit and philanthropic sector from creating social impact. The disconnect between nonprofit financing and results, the misguided use of overhead as a proxy for performance (see our posts on Dan Pallotta’s views on needed changes in the nonprofit sector), and donor behavior that can impede, rather than enable, impact are just some of the issues the review highlights. They are also issues that our center was established to address, so expect to see more on these themes in the coming months.

DAF Widget Offers Options for Donors

Web App Will Help Nonprofits Tap into Donor-Advised Funds: A new donor advised fund widget, currently being piloted by Fidelity Charitable (a Center partner) and Schwab Charitable along with 10 nonprofits, allows donors to initiate grant recommendations to their DAF while on a nonprofit’s website. This will make it easier for donors to connect funds to causes they care about, and may help drive more philanthropic dollars into this giving vehicle.

Global Philanthropy

Report on Global Giving:A New Era of Philanthropy and Investment in Global Health: The latest issue of Impact, The Magazine of PSI, focuses on philanthropy in the area of global health, including the government sector, foundation sector, and  impact investing. Our founding executive director Kat is quoted and the Center is listed as a resource in the impact investing section.

The Future We Make: Outrage, Opportunity and Choice in the Digital Age: The Global Philanthropy Forum kicks off this morning at 10AM PST. For donors seeking social impact internationally, tune in here for tips and tools from peers, policymakers, and nonprofit leaders on ways to achieve the change you seek.

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