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Press Release: Announcing Gift to Establish the Angella and David Nazarian Social Innovator in Residence Program

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Philadelphia, PA, September 1, 2014—The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce a gift to establish the Angella and David Nazarian Social Innovator in Residence Program Fund. The fund supports the launch of a new WhartonRead More

September 1, 2014   |   Posted in: Awards, General News

Student Perspective: Thinking about long-term outcomes with Accion Venture Lab


Social impact investing is an industry that uses private capital to create social change, and on its frontier are a handful of investors seeding social enterprises with venture capital. At the University of Pennsylvania, we built a venture group called theRead More

August 29, 2014   |   Posted in: Student Perspective

Welcome Undergrads!

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Hello! We’re glad you’re here. Whether starting off your freshman year or returning as an upperclassman, you already know that Wharton holds infinite possibilities. It’s where you come to examine ideas, think strategically, and make an impact. With a flexible curriculum, 225+Read More

August 26, 2014   |   Posted in: General News, Students

Student Perspective: How can we measure impact?

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Sydney Yang, a rising Wharton sophomore and Social Impact Fellow, spent her summer working at GoodCompany Ventures as a Metrics Fellow. My interest in social impact began early, when I studied abroad as a freshman in high school with The Traveling School.Read More

August 22, 2014   |   Posted in: General News

Student Perspective: Turning summer break into research for global poverty solutions

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Monica Barrett, a student of the Wharton-Harvard Kennedy dual-degree program, reflects on her summer experience conducting research in the agricultural sector in Kenya. Barrett received funding from Wharton Social Impact Initiative to participate in an internship with Innovations for Poverty Action. Increasingly, newRead More

August 19, 2014   |   Posted in: Student Perspective

Student Perspective: Helping nonprofits to run like a business


Wharton undergrad Anderson Tien shares his experience working with nonprofit Sisters by Heart, in collaboration with Wharton Social Impact Consulting (SIC) during the spring semester. The student-run consulting group provides pro-bono strategic consulting services to nonprofits and social enterprises inRead More

August 15, 2014   |   Posted in: Student Perspective

Welcome MBA Class of 2016!

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Welcome! The beginning of the school year is such an exciting time—and our team is especially excited to highlight the different opportunities for students interested in social impact. Who are we? Wharton Social Impact Initiative — or WSII for short —Read More

August 12, 2014   |   Posted in: General News, Students

Student Perspective: “Dollars and Change” Recap

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Two undergraduate Social Impact Fellows recap a recent episode of Dollars and Change. The July 31 show was hosted by Sherryl Kuhlman and Sandi Hunt. Guests included Matt Bauer, CEO and Co-Founder of BetterWorld Wireless; Saul Garlick, CEO and Founder of ThinkImpact;Read More

August 8, 2014   |   Posted in: Sirius, Student Perspective

Reflections on “Dollars and Change”: Show Recap, Week of July 17


Two undergraduate Social Impact Fellows recap a recent episode of Dollars and Change. This week’s show was hosted by Katherine Klein and Sandi Hunt. Guests included Greg Heller, Interim President & CEO of American Communities Trust; Andrew Winston, author of “TheRead More

July 25, 2014   |   Posted in: Projects and Partnerships, Sirius, Student Perspective

Wharton Social Impact Initiative announces 2014 MBA loan forgiveness fund


The world of business is changing. With it, Wharton graduates’ aspirations are changing too. For recent Wharton alumni lending their business knowledge to careers in the nonprofit or public sectors, a social-impact focused fund managed by the Wharton Social Impact InitiativeRead More

July 23, 2014   |   Posted in: Alumni, Awards, General News
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