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Issue 5 | Winter 2011

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Dear Reader:

Happy New Year!

We are pleased to bring you our Fall/Winter edition of the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal (PSIJ), the Philadelphia region’s own social impact journal. This edition is packed with local innovations—some that you may know about and others that may be new to you. 

As we toast the new year, we want to share what we together accomplished in 2010 and what we have in store for 2011. 

Quarterly editions and Journal launch events: In 2010, over 1,500 of you attended our launch events and forums.  We especially enjoyed seeing how these gatherings attracted a cross-section of leaders and professionals in all age groups from the nonprofit, foundation, government and private sectors. 

Continued focus on our volunteers: If you read PSIJ on a regular basis, you’ll know we are primarily volunteer-based. Over 80 volunteers write for the Journal and help plan and coordinate events and seminars. We are always looking for more volunteers, and you have an open invitation to join us!  There is a role for all of you—and the Journal is only as good as it gets with your support. 

Increased partnership with universities: PSIJ partners with the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice, Wharton and the Fels Institute of Government.  Fels has created a summer course on innovations that is tied to PSIJ.  Temple, Drexel and La Salle students also write for the Journal.  We strongly believe that students are the social innovation heartbeat of our region, and we welcome new and expanded University partnerships.

Special editions devoted to in-depth coverage of regional issues: If you have an interest in generational leadership challenges and opportunities, community and neighborhood development—including innovations in the popular green space—and education and health and human services, we invite you to submit short essays on those topics.  Contact us for more information.

We hope you’ll enjoy this edition of the Journal—and wish you all the best in 2011.

Very truly yours,

Tine Hansen-Turton, Co-Founder
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Nicholas Torres, Co-Founder
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The Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal is made possible by our generous investors and volunteers.

Thank you to United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, The Philadelphia Foundation, Green Tree Community Health Foundation, Independence Foundation, the Thomas Scattergood Foundation, St. Christopher's Foundation for Children, William Penn Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, Inglis Foundation, and John S. and James Knight Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation.

Thank you to the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, Fels Institute of Government, and School of Social Policy and Practice, along with La Salle University and Drexel University.

Thank you to our superb team of young professionals for their work and support of the Journal.