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Founded in 2006 as a collaboration between the School of Social Policy & Practice and alumni of the Wharton School of Business, the Center for High Impact Philanthropy provides independent analysis, education, and advice to donors around the world working to maximize the social impact of their giving. Learn more about High Impact Philanthropy, see Quick Facts About the Center, and check out our latest thinking on the High Impact Philanthropy Blog.

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"University of Pennsylvania's Center for High Impact Philanthropy continues their series of excellent posts... They're setting the bar for the way university philanthropy programs can inform the public."- Sean Stannard-Stockton, Tactical Philanthropy
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Recent News Highlights

The Effect Crowdfunding Has on Venerable Nonprofits Raises Concern

Founding Executive Director Kat Rosqueta quoted in a NYT piece that discusses the recent phenomenon of crowdfunding and the fear that it may divert funding from established nonprofits. Kat notes that crowdfunding should be viewed as an additional tool to raise awareness. However, though donors might feel a more direct connection to the cause through crowdfunding, "it doesn’t mean it’s doing the most good.”
- The New York Times

TEDx: 'Kat' Rosqueta on innovative philanthropy for as little as $5

In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, founding Executive Director Kat Rosqueta discusses her experience with TEDx Philadelphia and how philanthropy can help revitalize the city.
- Philly.com

At TEDxPhiladelphia, rethinking the past to envision the city’s future

Founding Executive Director Katherina Rosqueta featured in TEDx Philadelphia's "The New Workshop of the World". Katherina notes that Philadelphia has evolved into a "do-ocracy," where problem solvers have become the city's greatest strength. "We have people who saw problems in their communities and then felt there was no one to do it but themselves,” Rosequeta said. “That’s how things get done.”
- Philly.com

Making a difference in this season of giving

Whatever you ultimately decide to give, you want to be sure your charitable dollars are being deployed effectively. “How well you give is far more important than how much,” said Katherina M. Rosqueta, founding executive director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. “The same amount of money can do a little good or a lot of good.”
- The New York Times

How to give this holiday season, from an expert

An interview with founding executive director, Katherina Rosqueta, discusses how our work is relevant to all donors—whether they have $10 or $10 million to give. Kat explains "We're not focused so much on theory, but what works on the ground . . . we do the legwork so that you can get to impact faster."
- Philadelphia Daily News

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