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Video: A Series to Explore Summer Learning Loss
The Notebook, June 27, 2014
Nancy Peter of the Out-of-School Time Resource Center talks about summer learning loss, how it impacts children and what parents can do to prevent it.

Lifestyles, Attitudes and Technology Are Shaping Millennials’ Giving
Chronicle of Philanthropy, June 16, 2014
Katherina Rosqueta of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy comments on how millennials interact and engage with philanthropic causes.

Audio: Financial Safari 
Soundcloud
Katherina Rosqueta of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy is interviewed.

TEDx: ‘Kat’ Rosqueta on Innovative Philanthropy for as Little as $5
Philly.com, March 28, 2014
Katherina Rosqueta of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy is featured for her participation in the upcoming TEDxPhiladelphia and innovative philanthropy.

Audio: Financial Safari
Soundcloud , February 22, 2014
Katherina Rosqueta of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy is interviewed.

The End of the Line
Inside Higher Ed, January 10, 2014
Dean Richard Gelles writes about leaving an academic administrative position.

The Continuing Fight Against Gun Violence: Can Smart Guns Keep Your Kid From Becoming the Next Adam Lanza?
Philadelphia Magazine, January 6, 2014
Susan Sorenson is interviewed about the American Psychological Association’s report on the causes of gun violence.

Center in Phila. Helps Battle Veteran Homelessness
Philadelphia Inquirer, January 4, 2014
Dennis Culhane is quoted about veteran homelessness.

Penn’s Strong Global Community Attracts Growing Number of International Students
Penn News, December 16, 2013
Mary Mazzola, Associate Dean for Enrollment Management and Global Outreach, is quoted: “I truly believe that we have an obligation to prepare students to work in a global society and address global social problems. Having students from around the world study at Penn helps both domestic and international students gain a global perspective.”

Preventing gun violences means broad effort, report says
USA Today, December 12, 2013
Susan B. Sorenson discusses the recent report on gun violence and mass shootings, which she co-authored.

How to Give this Holiday Season, From an Expert
Philly.com, December 8, 2013
Katherina Rosqueta of the School of Social Policy & Practice’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy is interviewed about effective giving.

You Can Be a Philanthropist Too: How to Give Well on Giving Tuesday
Guardian, December 1, 2013
The Center for High Impact Philanthropy of the School of Social Policy & Practice is mentioned as a resource for offering tips on philanthropic giving.

Homelessness Drops for the Fourth Straight Year
MSNBC, November 22, 2013
Dennis Culhane, PhD, comments on President Obama continuing an initiative for chronically homeless Americans called Housing First, which began under President Bush.

Homeless Tally Taken in January Found 13% Rise in New York
The New York Times, November 21, 2013
Dennis Culhane, PhD, provides expertise on why these numbers may get worse before they get better.

Field Center at Penn Announces Third Alan Lerner Fellow in Child Welfare Policy
Penn News, November 4, 2013
A third-year student at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Brittany Strandell, has been selected as the third Alan Lerner Fellowship in Child Welfare Policy recipient. 

Brave New World
Axis Philly, October 27, 2013
Katherina Rosqueta of the School of Social Policy & Practice’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy is quoted about Philadelphia non-profit organizations.

Fast-food Workers’ Low Pay Costs the Government
Philadelphia Inquirer, October 20, 2013
SP2 Professor Roberta Iversen is quoted about low-wage work and poverty.

Audio: In the Wake of Federal Shutdown, Philanthropists Step Up
“Marketplace”, October 9, 2013
Katherina Rosqueta of the School of Social Policy & Practice’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy discusses emergency donations.

Playing Catch-up
Philadelphia Daily News, September 22, 2013
Wendy Palmer and Nancy Peter of the School of Social Policy & Practice’s Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative are highlighted.

The Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative’s Sports for Juvenile Justice received the “Best New Project”
award at the Beyond Sport Summit 2013.
The Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative is run out of the Out-of-School Time Resource Center.

Target Plans to Let Facebook Users Determine $5 Million Giveaway to Schools
Minneapolis Star-Tribune, August 14, 2013
Katherina Rosqueta of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy is quoted.

Video: Wrongfully Convicted
“Fresh Outlook”, July 20, 2013
Kirk James of the Goldrring Reentry Initiative joins a conversation about wrongful convictions overturned with the use of DNA.

How Googling Unmasks Child Abuse
New York Times, July 13, 2013
A 2011 report by Dean Richard Gelles on the decline of child-abuse reports during the recession is cited.

Resource center extends helping hand to expanded learning and summer programs
The Notebook (blog), July 11, 2013
Nancy Peter, Executive Director of the Out-of-School Time Resource Center (OSTRC) is interviewed about OSTRC's role in supporting youth programs across the city of Philadelphia.

Penn Conference Gathers International Data on Reducing Homelessness
“Newsworks,” WHYY (Philadelphia), June 4, 2013
Dennis Culhane comments on organizing a conference about reducing homelessness.

Audio: Young Adults in the Foster Care System
“Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane,” WHYY Radio (Philadelphia), June 3, 2013
Debra Schilling Wolfe of the Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice & Research speaks about older youth in the foster care system.

The New Science of Giving
Wall Street Journal, May 17, 2013
Katherina Rosqueta of SP2’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy is quoted about whether or not donors care if their donations will highly impact the charities’ goals.

Get Them While They’re Young
Huffington Post, May 14, 2013
Vivian Seltzer is cited for her research on adolescent development.

‘CultureBlocks’ A New Way to Find Philly Arts
Philadelphia Inquirer, April 30, 2013
SP2’s Social Impact of the Arts Project is mentioned for its involvement with a new website called CultureBlocks.

PARADISE LOST? Sandy washed away more than Jersey Shore icons
Asbury Park Press, April 29, 2013
On the 6-month anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Dr. Roberta R. Iversen comments on the complexity of rebuilding after disaster.

The New Philanthropists: More Sophisticated, More Demanding -- and Younger
Knowledge@Wharton, April 24, 2013
Katherina M. Rosqueta, founding executive director of Penn's Center for High Impact Philanthropy, points to the promise of hybrid models -- such as for-profit companies with a social purpose -- that offer "the best of what the financial capital markets can bring, and move beyond grants to create social change."

Penn Hears Call for More Courage on Gun Laws
Philadelphia Daily News, April 18, 2013
A gun-violence forum hosted by the School of Social Policy & Practice called “Finding Common Ground: Moving Forward” is featured.

Video: Husband of Gabby Giffords Speaks on Gun Control
WCAU-TV (Philadelphia), April 17, 2013
A gun-violence forum hosted by the School of Social Policy & Practice featuring retired astronaut Mark Kelly is highlighted.

SP2 Race Series Addresses Philly Mag Article
Penn Current, April 11, 2013
The second talk in SP2's Let's Talk About Race series will address the controversial Philadelphia Magazine cover story, “Being White in Philly.” The article in the March issue of the magazine set off a firestorm, even prompting a sharp rebuke from Mayor Michael Nutter.

Multidisciplinary Child Protection Teams – The Social Worker’s Role
Social Work Today, April 1, 2013
Debra Schilling Wolfe is quoted about multidisciplinary social workers.


Richard J. Gelles discusses his book, The Third Lie, on The Big Think. 


Kate Barrett and Katherina Rosqueta, of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, discuss how effective philanthropy can play a role in improving teaching quality.

Dean Richard Gelles discusses the public option of the healthcare reform on bigthink.com.

Experts from the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania say "can" the canned-food drive. For the same amount of money spent on purchasing cans for a food drive, donors can feed 20 times more families by providing cash, not cans.

Katherina Rosqueta of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy discusses how monetary donations to food banks have a larger social impact than donating canned food.


In this video, Ezekiel Dixon-Román, an assistant professor in the School of Social Policy & Practice and director of the Latino Social Services and Policy Initiative, discusses how social policy has the ability to create global change.

Dr. Ezekiel Dixon-Román and Karla Sainz, a student in the Master of Science in Social Policy program and the event organizer, discuss "Barrios, Vol. 1" and how social policy has the ability to create global change.

Katherina Rosqueta, the executive director for Penn's Center for High Impact Philanthropy, discusses effective charitable giving.

Dr. Susan Sorenson, Director of the Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center in Family Violence discusses the "consent" banners on Locust Walk.

SP2 Offers a Pipeline for Promise

Dean Gelles signed a MOU with Mr. Zhenyao Wang, the director of Beijing Normal University One Foundation Philanthropic Research Institute. The agreement between the two organizations promotes the development of collaborative teaching and training programs, along with international scholastic communication and cooperation.  It encourages professors and researchers to host international exchanges, research projects, lectures, and other activities.

SP2 hosts health fair, PAWS supply drive
Penn Current, March 28, 2013
The Community Teamworksprogram brings together alumni, faculty, students, and staff at the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) for days of service and volunteer projects around the city.

Audio: Aging Homeless Face More Health Issues, Early Death
“Morning Edition,” National Public Radio , March 13, 2013
Dennis Culhane says, “We’re looking at a group of people who are sort of prematurely reaching old age.”

Homeless Blame Game in New York City
Wall Street Journal, March 5, 2013
Dennis Culhane is quoted: "There's an old social welfare quip: Beware the floor you set below which no one can fall lest it become the ceiling above which no one can rise. It's an apt saying in this case because… the right to shelter is part of the problem."

Share stories, friendship through ‘Penn Pals’
Penn Current, February 28, 2013
Penn students, faculty, staff, and alumni who sign up for “Penn Pals” will be paired with an older adult. Volunteers will handwrite a letter approximately once a month and mail it to his or her writing companion. Through these letters, both participants will share experiences, stories, photographs, and friendship.

Audio: Local Profs Sign Letter Urging Biden to Restore Gun Research
“Newsworks,” WHYY Radio (Philadelphia), January 15, 2013
Dean Richard Gelles joins a conversation about the consequences of the federal ban on funding for firearms research.
Link to Audio

Op-ed: Pa. Task Force Recommendations Pave Way for Stronger Abuse Laws
Harrisburg Patriot-News, December 29, 2012
Debra Schilling Wolfe of the Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice & Research authors an op-ed on the Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection.
Link to Op Ed

Audio: Getting the Most Bang for Your Charity Buck
“To the Point,” KCRW Radio (Los Angeles), December 27, 2012
Katherina Rosqueta of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy joins a discussion about charitable giving.
Link to Video

Will Sandy Hook Mark Turning Point for Gun Industry?
Fox Business, December 20, 2012
Susan Sorenson comments on reaction to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in comparison to the Aurora movie theater shooting.
Link to Article

Guns as Public Health Problem: A Penn Professor Speaks Out
“Newsworks,” WHYY Radio (Philadelphia), December 18, 2012
Susan Sorenson shares her thoughts about the lack of funding for studies on guns.
Link to Article

New Data: Child Abuse Drops for 5th Straight Year
Associated Press , December 12, 2012
Dean Richard Gelles comments on child welfare and abuse rates.
Link to Article

How to Choose a Charity for Holiday Giving
U.S. News & World Report , December 11, 2012
Katherina Rosqueta of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy discusses how to make holiday donations more cost effective.
Link to Article

Donors Can Make a Bigger Difference With Holiday-Giving Tips From Penn’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy
Penn Press Release, December 6, 2012
The holiday season sparks the spirit of giving and to help donors who are looking to make a difference for others through charitable contributions, the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy has released a free, online toolkit outlining the most effective opportunities.
Link to Press Release

Putting Charities to the Test
New York Times, December 5, 2012
Katherina Rosqueta of Center for High Impact Philanthropy comments on efforts to help philanthropists making more effective donations.
Link to Article

Pennsylvania Must Undergo a ‘Culture Change,’ Child Protection Task Force Says
Harrisburg Patriot-News, November 27, 2012
Debra Wolfe of the Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice & Research is quoted about Pennsylvania making changes to child protection.
Link to Article

The Ortner Center on Family Violence Releases “Violence Against Women” Report to the City
Penn Press Release, November 16, 2012
Susan Sorenson praises the Philadelphia PD for its handling of crimes against women. But lack of shelter space remains a problem.
Link to Press Release
Link to Report

The Smartest People in Philadelphia: Meet the brains behind the brightest ideas in Philly right now
Philly Magazine, November 2012
SP2 alumna Yael Lehmann, MSW’06, named one of Philadelphia's smartest people.
Link to Article

Spotlighting Penn's Philanthropy Leader with Honor
Wharton Magazine, October 22, 2012
Katherina Rosqueta Receives 2012 Kathleen McDonald Distinguished Alumna Award.
Link to Article

Social Impact Bonds: Can a Market Prescription Cure Social Ills?
Knowledge@Wharton, September 12, 2012
Katherina Rosqueta, founding executive director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for High Impact Philanthropy, says social impact bonds (SIBs) are part of an overall trend for organizations and individuals demanding more measurement of how their investments in, or donations to, programs are actually performing.
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Penn Social Policy & Practice Alumna Coordinates Research at Out-of-Time Resource Center
Penn Press Release, August 29, 2012
SP2 MSSP alumna Karen Okigbo has been hired to coordinate research at the Out-of-School Time Resource Center (OSTRC), which promotes youth achievement through staff support and professional development.
Link to Release

Record Penn State Fine to Help Abused Kids
The Associated Press, July 25, 2012
Debra Schilling Wolfe from the Field Center on Children's Policy, Practice & Research is quoted in this Associated Press story about $60 million over the next five years that Penn State will pay into an endowment to fund programs for the detection, prevention and treatment of child abuse.
Link to Article

It Isn’t Rare for Parent to Single Out One Child for Abuse
Kansas City Star, June 27, 2012
Debra Schilling Wolfe of the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research comments on child abuse.
Link to Article

Will Pennsylvania finally learn from Sandusky?
Harrisburg Patriot News, June 26, 2012
Debra Schilling Wolfe of the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research penned an op-ed about uncovering loopholes in Pennsylvania’s child abuse protection laws.
Link to Op-Ed

Tell toddlers what's private about their bodies
CNN Opinion, June 21, 2012
Dr. Cindy Christian, a faculty director at the Field Center for Children's Policy, Practice & Research, penned this op-ed piece about what parents can do to help prevent child sexual abuse.
Link to Op-Ed

Penn Researcher Looks at Infertility’s Impact on Women
Penn Press Release, June 15, 2012
Marni Rosner, who earned a doctorate in social work at the University of Pennsylvania in May, studied how infertility impacts female identity in her dissertation, “Recovery From Traumatic Loss: A Study of Women Living Without Children After Infertility.”
Link to Press Release

For Chinese, lessons in Philanthropy 101 at Penn
Philadelphia Inquirer, May 5, 2012
SP2 has hosted groups of Chinese officials eager to learn Philanthropy 101 - U.S. style. Organizing the visits was Tianxue Qiu, of Beijing, a graduate of Penn's Master of Science in Nonprofit/NGO Leadership program.
Link to Article

The Afterlife: As Philly struggles with violent crime, programs proven to set ex-offenders straight are starving for support
Philadelphia Inquirer, May 3, 2012
Dr. Ram Cnaan is quoted regarding ex-offender re-entry programs and their scarce resources.
Link to Article

Penn’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy Launches Development of Child-Survival Tool Kit for Donors
Penn Press Release, May 3, 2012
Researchers are cultivating a series of online investment guides for donors who are interested in improving child-survival rates in the developing world.
Link to Press Release

Gelles: Children's safety must be priority
Arizona Republic, May 1, 2012
Dean Richard Gelles shares his perspective on children's safety being paramount and preserving families.
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"If I Ran Philanthropy:" Dawning Philanthropy in China Poses Intersting Question for U.S.
Nonprofit Quarterly, April 30, 2012
Dean Richard Gelles poses an interesting question:  if the U.S. had that same “clean palette,” as China—would it build the same infrastructure of philanthropy that it has today?
Link to Article

Chinese Philanthropy and a Child's Death in Philadelphia
Philly.com Blog, April 30, 2012
Blog cites Dean Richard Gelles' discussion of the opportunity China has to create its own philanthropic structure.
Link to Blog

Child Welfare: Protecting Children's Interests
WHYY Radio, April 30, 2012
Dean Richard Gelles is interviewed on Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane.
Link to Interview

Not All Who Wander Are Lost
Daily Pennsylvanian, April 25, 2012
Melanie Lei, in an article for the Daily Pennsylvanian, mentions the Center for High Impact Philanthropy as her most fulfilling on-campus job experience.
Link to Article

Fundraising Dives After National Flap
Winston-Salem Journal, April 25, 2012
Kat Rosqueta, the executive director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy is quoted in the Winston Salem-Journal.
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Penn Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research: “Can America Stop Hurting Its Children?”
Penn Press Release, April 23, 2012
With John Leventhal, a professor of pediatrics at the Yale University School of Medicine, as its keynote speaker, the Field Center examined whether America has the ability to stop hurting its children, how the definition of child abuse has helped shaped developments in the last 50 years, and the future of child protection.
Link to Press Release

Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice Promotes Healthy Lifestyles With Community Teamworks Initiative
Penn Press Release, April 23, 2012
Health fairs serve a useful purpose, but SP2 has figured out a way to make them even more useful to the community, all while allowing students, faculty, staff and alumni to participate in team-building activities.
Link to Press Release

Fewer People Registering for Susan G. Koman Races
MSNBC, April 19, 2012
Kat Rosqueta from the Center for High Impact Philanthropy discusses donor perspectives amid philanthropic controversies.
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Chinese Surprised by U.S. Charities’ Lack of State Control
AdvisorOne, April 18, 2012
AdvisorOne.com featured Dean Richard J. Gelles' meeting with a Chinese delegation during a recent east coast tour to learn about the U.S. Nonprofit and charitable giving sectors. 
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Penn’s United Community Clinic Provides Health Care for Underserved Populations, Showcases Interdisciplinary Work
Penn Press Release, April 17, 2012
The UCC Clinic, which provides free care to Philadelphians who need it the most, is an interdisciplinary effort between multiple schools across Penn, including the School Nursing, Dental Medicine, Arts and Sciences and Social Policy & Practice and the Perelman School of Medicine.
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Penn Research Shows That Mormons Are Generous and Active in Helping Others
Penn Press Release, April 17, 2012
A press release featuring research from Dr. Ram Cnaan, a student earning his Ph.D. in social welfare and an SP2 alum.  These three teamed up to study the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' volunteering and charitable giving habits.
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Seminar tackles bullying from both sides Philadelphia Tribune, April 11, 2012
The Philadelphia Tribune featured the SP2 Alumni Council's symposium on "Bullying Across the Lifespan."
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Aging Out of Foster Care
Social Work Today, March/April 2012
The Field Center's faculty directors and its public hearing on aging out of the foster care system are both showcased in Social Work Today.
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Revisiting Child Abuse Reporting Laws
Social Work Today, March/April 2012
Debra Schilling Wolfe, the executive director of the Field Center for Children's Policy Practice & Research, contributed an article on Revisiting Child Abuse Reporting Laws to Social Work Today. 
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