So What?

APEP Breaks Your Fast (and Partisan Gridlock?)

December 11, 2015  • David Devlin-Foltz

“So What?” – Your Weekly Guide to Advocacy With Impact

Lovingly selected and lightly snarked by Team APEP: David Devlin-Foltz, Susanna Dilliplane, and Christine Ferris


Breakfast. Politics. Evaluation.

The legendary Aspen Evaluation Breakfast series returns in 2016 with some smart and challenging questions from Daniel Stid, director of the Madison Initiative at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Stid will draw on the Initiative’s efforts to understand how to improve the ability of Congress to deliberate, negotiate and compromise – apparently, there is some room for improvement– and how to evaluate efforts to do so. Sign up here to reserve your spot before the Christmas shopping rush.

What’s the buzz?

Continuing a time-honored (two-year) “So What?” tradition: we proudly feature philanthropy wonk Lucy Bernholz‘s musings about the 2015 buzzwords that rocked the philanthropic and nonprofit world (if such a thing is possible). Worm wars, anyone?

On Schedule. Our Schedule

“So What?” will be shifting to a bi-weekly schedule with the new year; we wanted to give you plenty of warning, dear readers, so you can print out copies of previous editions, hold them against your tear-streaked faces, choke back a sob, and bravely carry on. We know you can. It’s not about you. Really.

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