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Kristen Gillette is a local freelance writer. A Temple University grad, she is currently a Community Engagement Fellow at Groundswell and is also founder of Adult Ballerina Project, a website for beginner ballerinas.

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Philadelphia Geek Awards and OACCE announce $2000 grant fund to support geeky projects funding

Aug. 17, 2015 2:46 pm

Philadelphia Geek Awards and OACCE announce $2000 grant fund to support geeky projects

To celebrate the 5th year of the Philadelphia Geek Awards, the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy is partnering with the Philadelphia Geek Awards to launch a grant fund of $2000. The award was announced by Lindsay T. So, Research & Policy Associate at OACCE, and Eric Smith, Philadelphia Geek Awards Producer, at […]
August at OpenAccessPHL: The best ideas come from local stories people

Aug. 17, 2015 10:28 am

August at OpenAccessPHL: The best ideas come from local stories

At the August 2015 convening of OpenAccessPHL we heard from Thaddeus Squire of CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia, Vered Nohi of Philadelphia-Israeli Chamber of Commerce, Dave Voyles of Microsoft, and Julia Hillengas of the City of Philadelphia and PowerCorps PHL. Thaddeus Squire — CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia Squire explained what CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia is –a  platform for sharing […]
A new “living wall” at 3rd and Walnut acts as billboard for green tools results

Aug. 14, 2015 10:00 am

A new “living wall” at 3rd and Walnut acts as billboard for green tools

A partnership between Philadelphia Water, the National Park Service, Independence National Historical Park and SHIFT_DESIGN has created new “living wall” that manages stormwater runoff from the roof of the Department of Interior building located at 3rd and Walnut streets. The wall features over 70 individual plants—all of them native to Pennsylvania—suspended from a vertical structure […]
University Science Center announces FirstHand STEAM programming starting fall 2015 purpose

Aug. 13, 2015 11:29 am

University Science Center announces FirstHand STEAM programming starting fall 2015

The University City Science Center has announced its FirstHand programs for the 2015- 2016 school year. FirstHand offers middle schoolers and educators hands-on experiences in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math fields designed to spark interest in STEAM disciplines and their applications. Last year, 535 students participated in FirstHand’s programs. Programs take place in a […]
More than a grocery store — talk social justice with Mariposa Co-op people

Aug. 12, 2015 10:30 am

More than a grocery store — talk social justice with Mariposa Co-op

Shopping at a cooperative grocery store is more than just a grocery experience. Participants In Mariposa’s Co-op and Social Justice Book Club have the opportunity to learn more about co-ops and how co-ops can be part of movements for justice and social change. This month, the book club will be reading Cultivating Food Justice: Race, […]
EVENT: Mergers, acquisitions, and affiliations — for the nonprofit world purpose

Aug. 11, 2015 2:02 pm

EVENT: Mergers, acquisitions, and affiliations — for the nonprofit world

On Thursday, August 20, join the Regional Foundation Center at the Parkway Central Library for a live webinar on nonprofit mergers presented by attorneys Don Kramer, editor of Nonprofit Issues, and Virginia Sikes, Tax Editor of Nonprofit Issues. The workshop is designed to help nonprofits better navigate the world of mergers, acquisitions, and affiliations as […]
12 Promise Zone Mini Grants awarded, two more rounds expected this year funding

Aug. 11, 2015 10:06 am

12 Promise Zone Mini Grants awarded, two more rounds expected this year

The first round of Promise Zone Mini Grants have been awarded, and 12 organizations serving Promise Zone residents will receive funds from the Promise Zone Achieving Capacity Together (ACT) program. Early in 2015, the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia awarded $15,000 to the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO) to launch a Promise Zone […]
The best GM for Weavers Way Food Co-op was right here in Philly people

Aug. 10, 2015 3:12 pm

The best GM for Weavers Way Food Co-op was right here in Philly

The Board of Directors of Weavers Way, the cooperative grocery with locations in Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill, has appointed Jon Roesser as General Manager. Roesser had previously served as Weavers Way’s Human Resources Director, a position he held since October 2008. He had served as interim general manager since the departure of former general […]
#MenCan2015 wants Philly men to speak out against domestic violence purpose

Aug. 10, 2015 9:53 am

#MenCan2015 wants Philly men to speak out against domestic violence

Men Can is a public awareness campaign by Lutheran Settlement House that promotes the health and well-being of each family member and the community at large by looking at violence against women holistically and including men in the dialogue. On October 1, LSH will host the MEN CAN (Prevent Family Violence) Rally in LOVE Park. […]
What’s happening with Barra Foundation’s 2014 Catalyst Fund grantees? funding

Aug. 7, 2015 10:23 am

What’s happening with Barra Foundation’s 2014 Catalyst Fund grantees?

Sometimes change is an absolute necessity. The Barra Foundation’s Catalyst Fund is designed to fund projects where risk-taking is a necessity: when challenges to old assumptions need to be made and organizations work to create new models for accomplishing important work in the social sector. For its Catalyst Fund grants, Barra Foundation looks for ideas […]