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With Turner Social Impact Society, Student Leaders Emerge

Good Ideas

Wharton Social Impact Initiative is proud to announce the inaugural cohort of the Turner Social Impact Society, a group of 20 undergraduates poised to become the world’s next great social impact leaders. The Turner Social Impact Society, developed and launched for the 2014-2015Read More

January 27, 2015   |   Posted in: General News, Projects and Partnerships, Students, WSII News & Thoughts

Press Release: EMPEA and WSII Partner to Expand Impact Investing Performance Database

Impact Investing

Philadelphia, PA, January 21, 2015 –  EMPEA and Wharton Social Impact Initiative announced a partnership to greatly expand Wharton’s impact investing performance database. The new partnership will accelerate the field by providing quantitative evidence necessary for the continued expansion and development ofRead More

January 21, 2015   |   Posted in: General News, Projects and Partnerships, Research, WSII News & Thoughts

Social Impact Round Up: Week of Jan 16

Our new bulletin board, now on display in Huntsman Hall.

Welcome to the spring semester, Wharton! Each month, Wharton Social Impact Initiative brings you an update on student activities, events and opportunities at the University of Pennsylvania. These lectures, info sessions, and workshops are just a sampling of the broad range ofRead More

January 16, 2015   |   Posted in: Events, General News, Social Impact Round-Up, Students

Mentoring Opportunities for Penn Community through Spark


The University of Pennsylvania has a longstanding commitment to supporting the Henry C. Lea Elementary School in West Philadelphia. And for the past several years, the Penn and Wharton communities have been involved with Spark, a mentorship program at Lea and other gradeRead More

January 8, 2015   |   Posted in: General News, Projects and Partnerships

Does Social Impact Demand Financial Sacrifice?

Professor David Musto

A growing number of social impact investment firms are onto their second or third funds, a reliable sign that the earliest funds had returns good enough to make their limited partners want to come back for more. SJF Ventures ofRead More

December 23, 2014   |   Posted in: Faculty, General News, Research, WSII News & Thoughts

Alumni Impact Story: Matthew Stephenson, WG’11

Matthew Stephenson

Matthew Stephenson, WG’11, was on the precipice of a lucrative career on Wall Street when he realized his job in risk management – protecting an investment bank from credit losses – wasn’t personally fulfilling. “As exciting as my job was, myRead More

December 22, 2014   |   Posted in: Alumni, Impact Stories

Press Release: Jonathan Greenblatt Named Senior Fellow at the Wharton School


Philadelphia, PA, December 19, 2014 – The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania announced that Jonathan Greenblatt, currently Special Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation, will serve asRead More

December 19, 2014   |   Posted in: Projects and Partnerships, WSII News & Thoughts

Impact Investing Discussion Series is a Powerful Tool for Alumni


We often hear from Wharton and Penn alumni that they’ve heard of impact investing, but they aren’t quite sure what it is – let alone know how to engage in it themselves. In October, Wharton Social Impact Initiative kicked off aRead More

December 19, 2014   |   Posted in: Alumni, Events, General News

Thinking through the Student-University Relationship: 5 Lessons on Student Engagement

Summer Fellows for web

Stephanie Kim, Wharton Social Impact Initiative’s Manager of Community Impact, walks through her process of developing, refining, and growing a fellowship program built with students in mind. “The Wharton Social Impact Initiative exists first and foremost because students demanded it.” WSII ManagingRead More

December 15, 2014   |   Posted in: General News, WSII News & Thoughts

Student Perspective: Capacity Building in the Social Sector

Lena Backe

Lena Backe, C’15, was a summer social impact fellow with WSII; she received funding and support to work in San Francisco. In today’s blog post, she shares her experience consulting for a branch of the enduring national nonprofit, Meal ofRead More

December 12, 2014   |   Posted in: Student Perspective
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