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News & Events | 17 June 2013 | Universities “Say Yes”, From Purpose Prize to CNN Hero, SIFs & DAFs, and Oklahoma

June 17, 2013

In case you missed it…

♫School’s out for summer♫…but challenges remain. In Making Summer Count, our senior analyst, Kate Hovde, tells how you can invest in summer learning programs for children and families to help improve school performance during the academic year.

More Universities “Say Yes to Education”

Harvard, Notre Dame, others sign on to Say Yes: Say Yes to Education implements a high-impact model that provides “last dollar” tuition assistance as well as comprehensive support to students along the education pathway. The program has recently expanded its university partnerships to include Harvard University, the University of Notre Dame, Northwestern University, Duke University, and Georgetown University.

From Purpose Prize to CNN Hero

Following on the heels of CNN’s report on America’s Worst Charities, we were happy to read the flip side of how 2011 Purpose Prize winner and founder of StoveTeam International, Nancy Hughes, is being honored as a CNN Hero for her organization’s work in building clean-burning stoves. In a chapter from Women’s Health and the World’s Cities, co-authors Kat Rosqueta and Carol McLaughlin mention the health damage caused by unsafe indoor cooking practices.

An Inside Look at Funds—From Social Innovation to Donor Advised

Can Federal Funds Help Social Service Groups Work Smarter? NPR’s All Things Considered shares a success story and also tells how critics view the impact of the White House Social Innovation Fund (SIF), formed in 2009. Our recent Q&A with GreenLight Philadelphia highlights the impact of its SIF initiative, as well as the success of YearUp, an organization highlighted in the NPR story.

The Fidelity Charitable Giving Report 2013 provides a snapshot of the giving activities of its clients with a focus on the proliferation of donor advised funds.

Earlier this year, the National Philanthropic Trust partnered with GivingUSA to release a Giving Spotlight which provides information on trends and tips for donors and others interested in using donor advised funds. See below for a short video from NPT President/CEO, Eileen Heisman, on how a donor advised fund works. Eileen is also a lecturer at the School of Social Policy & Practice.

Oklahoma: Short and Long-Term Recovery

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s recent teleconference offered advice on how to continue the rebuilding and recovery efforts from last month’s tornadoes. The conference call featured a panel of representatives from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Council on Foundations, and Tulsa Community Foundation.

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