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News & Events | 3 June 2013 | Celebrity Giving, School Redesign, and Agents for Change

June 3, 2013

In case you missed it…

We talked with the co-founder of the CLASSY Awards about how nonprofits get nominated for an “Academy Award”—and how that process is evolving.

The Rotarian published a piece for its April issue on “Finding the face of philanthropy” which quotes our founding executive director, Kat Rosqueta.

Celebrities can “quickly engage followers and bring attention to an issue,” says Katherina Rosqueta, founding executive director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania. “Authentic involvement” makes for a better spokesperson, she adds: “The more knowledgeable and engaged celebrities are with the issues they’re trying to address, the more ability they have to engage others. If a celebrity has spent time in villages speaking to the women he or she is hoping to help, that person is much more credible, and might even be in a position to speak at the World Economic Forum.” Rosqueta cites British singer-songwriter Annie Lennox, a celebrity ambassador for Oxfam, who “has a long history of working on women’s issues. She created a web of about 60 influential women to raise money for women’s projects.”

School redesign with a twist

PennDesign plan puts vacant Philly school buildings to use: Student researchers of the “Philadelphia School Reuse Studio”—a program of Penn Praxis in the Penn School of Design—have developed models for the reuse of soon-to-be-vacant school buildings in Philadelphia.

Agents for change

15 Young Go-getters You’ll Want to Meet: PBS NewsHour highlights 1o individuals profiled in their “Agents for Change” series, as well as five upcoming entrepreneurs. See below for a sample video profile of Mark Ruiz’s Micro-Ventures enterprise in the Philippines.

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