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How Pencils of Promise Does the Most Good by Focusing on Impact

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Today on Cause Talk Radio, Megan and Joe talk to Leslie Engle Young, Director of Impact at Pencils of Promise (PoP), about how the how organization has become a top philanthropic brand by smashing its goal of increasing access to quality education for children in the developing world.

On the show, Megan, Leslie and Joe discuss:

  • How Leslie got involved with PoP – and she owes it all to Bob Dylan!
  • Why PoP created a position specifically focused on impact. Should other nonprofits have this role?
  • What metrics does Leslie measure to determine PoP’s effectiveness? Focus is on outcomes not outputs.
  • How important is data to PoP?
  • How PoP moves a new program from Pilot to Beta toIntegration. 
  • PoP’s quarterly transparency report and why an annual reports wasn’t enough. “We want people to see where we are succeeding and where we are struggling.”
  • How PoP communicates with its stakeholders.
  • PoP’s WASH program that teaches kids about WATER, SANITATION and HYGIENE. “If you’re not healthy you can’t/won’t go to school!”
  • The challenges of being a metric-focused and data-driven organaztion that works in the Third World.
  • What are PoP’s 2017 goals?

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