Two members join White House effort to empower young men of color
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation are among ten leading philanthropies who have joined a new White House effort to help America's young men of color reach their full potential in school, work and life. President Obama announced the initiative, called My Brother's Keeper, in a ceremony on February 27th. The foundations will work with government, business and community leaders to create new ladders of opportunity from "cradle to career" for young men and boys of color. With their peers in philanthropy and the business community, the ten foundations will seek to invest an additional $200 million to the $150 million that has already been committed. » Read more.
New Pew study reveals Philadelphia's changing middle class
A new research report from Pew's Philadelphia Research Initiative shows that the city's middle class has essentially stabilized in the past decade after a period of
prolonged decline. Based on an analysis of current and past data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the report illuminates some of the challenges for
Philadelphia, operating in a climate of budget cutbacks and tax fatigue, to maintain
and grow its middle-class population without shortchanging the needs of
lower-income residents. » Read the report: Philadelphia's Changing Middle Class: After a Decade of Decline, Prospects for Growth.
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Upcoming Philanthropy Network Events
Food Funders Special Event
"Donor Strategies to Prevent Childhood Obesity" Guide Launch
On March 13 at the University of
Pennsylvania, the Greater Philadelphia Food Funders, Philanthropy Network and the Center for High Impact Philanthropy will host a special event to mark the release of the new guide,"Donor Strategies to Prevent Childhood Obesity: Lessons from the Greater Philadelphia Region."
Attendees will learn about various program models with proven and promising
evidence of effectiveness presented in the toolkit, and will hear from a panel
of research experts, providers and funders working to make an impact on
childhood obesity in Philadelphia and nationwide.
Featured @ philanthropynetwork.org
2013 Year in Review
2013 was an exciting and momentous year for our association. Major milestones included adopting a bold new strategic plan - Sparking Solutions for Greater Philadelphia - and a strong new name, tag line and graphic look that better reflect our people, place and purpose. Read our 2013 Year in Review for select highlights and accomplishments from the past year.
Debra Kahn commentary: A region for giving
(Philadelphia Inquirer, 12/4/13)
"Shining a light on philanthropy - actions that spark social change, meet human needs, and create new opportunities - is important. However, we all will be better served if the conversation is based on an accurate and complete portrayal of the philanthropic scene in the Philadelphia region. To that end, during this season of giving, I offer five insights to enhance our understanding of the role and impact of philanthropy."
2013 Fall Conference
More than 350 attendees joined us at the Inn at Penn on November 14th for our 25th annual fall conference, SPARKING SOLUTIONS. Visit our 2013 Fall Conference Highlights Page
for materials from the event, photos and videos. Check back in the coming weeks for
additional news about follow-up actions.
Just posted: Sparking Solutions Conference Report prepared by Generocity
Other Philanthropy News & Announcements
•• Penn unveils master plan for 23 acres along Schuylkill River
•• Philadelphia School Chief Faces Down Budget Cuts and Crises
•• Chronicle of Philanthropy names the 50 Most Generous Donors of 2013
•• The new face of homelessness: Families
•• Gov. Corbett's health-care plan gets an airing in Philadelphia
•• Annual Blueprint
Forecast Offers Insights, Predictions for Philanthropy
•• Foundation Center estimates 2012 giving topped $50 billion