Wharton MBAs are passionate about using their business skills to make a positive impact on society.
Now more than ever, responsibility for our planet and society is an important theme in business. Wharton houses many MBA clubs and activities that enable you to take a deeper look at social impact issues, and gain first-hand experience in the field.
Wharton supports students’ active involvement through the Wharton Graduate Association (WGA), which brings together Wharton and Penn faculty, students, and external organizations through clubs, conferences, and other activities.
Wharton Social Impact Club
The Social Impact Club at Wharton is a community of students and alumni who aim to build and support a strong community of socially conscious students; educate the broader Wharton community on social impact issues; and engage with the Wharton Social Impact Initiative to provide meaningful and helpful events and social impact-related activities throughout the school year. At its student-led annual conference, students explore how to use their business expertise and functional skills to promote the common good, and engage with industry professionals in an open and constructive dialogue to broaden the community’s vision for social impact. Connect with the Social Impact Club on their Facebook page.
Wharton Social Venture Fund
Wharton’s Social Venture Fund partners with venture capital funds focusing on a triple bottom line (people, planet, and profits) investment philosophy to provide resources and support for critical initiatives. In it, students get real world opportunities to learn social venture practices. The WSVF is operated under the umbrella of Wharton Social Impact Initiative.
Wharton Community Consultants
This student organization provides advice and assists nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia while providing students with the opportunity to get hands-on experience on real consulting assignments. The group’s new website includes past projects, online applications and more information.
Wharton International Volunteer Program
The Wharton International Volunteer Program empowers Wharton students to make a sustainable and measurable impact on small non-governmental organizations in developing countries. It also raises awareness about the socioeconomic challenges faced in developing countries.
Wharton Global Health Volunteers
As Wharton Global Health Volunteers, students apply their skills to service projects in healthcare systems with severely limited resources and overwhelming health problems and gain experience in international health.
Summer Social Impact Fund
The Summer Social Impact Fund is a student-run initiative that uses crowdfunding and other fundraising efforts to help first-year Wharton MBAs pay for unpaid or underpaid summer internships in social impact fields. Students can support SSIF by joining the group, and contributing to the internship fund through membership fees.
Nonprofit Leadership Board Fellows (Leadership Program)
Fellows in the Nonprofit Leadership Board Program learn nonprofit board governance in an experiential learning environment. The program is rooted in a commitment to serving the needs of non-profit organizations in the Philadelphia area.
Lipman Fellows (Leadership Program)
The Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize is an annual global prize recognizing organizations for leadership and innovation in the social sector with an emphasis on impact and transferability of practices. The Lipman Family Prize Fellows help plan and execute elements of the award process.