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Pastry, Media, Politics — and Money

February 27, 2015  • David Devlin-Foltz

Pastry, Media and Politics

Coming soon! Don’t forget to sign up here for our March 4th breakfast on media and democracy, led by the Gates Foundation’s Tom Black, the Democracy Fund’s Tom Glaisyer, and APEP’s Susanna Dilliplane. It’ll be a rich discussion on the challenges and implications of the changing media ecosystem, brought to you by your friendly pastry-pushing APEP-pers.


For Philanthropoids — and those who would know their ways

It’s time for one of our periodic shout-outs to Innovation Network and their Point K updates. In their latest update, they alerted us to good stuff on the LearnPhilanthropy website, including this Library of guidance on good grantmaking. Resources on evaluation include tools for defining and measuring the impact of field-building efforts and other grantmaking strategies. Even five years on, this piece on the “veneer of strategic philanthropy” still resonates.


Leveraging microfinance

Last week, APEP presented results of our evaluation of the Smart Campaign, a fascinating global effort to promote good client protection practices in the microfinance sector. So of course we’re attuned to how microfinanciers leverage change: like this great piece on policy advocacy for the microfinance associations and this one on the potential for linking up “back-end” functions across the sector.