What's happening in Social Impact

Recently Launched: Wharton Alumni Social Impact Club

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Alumni—there are more ways than ever to engage in social impact. Learn more about getting involved. Wharton alumni are leaders in business, government, academia, philanthropy, and more. Though their diverse experiences span sectors, social impact is a common thread. “Our alumni have a deep commitment to social impact and strongRead More

Meet 12 Social Impact Leaders Who Will Receive Loan Forgiveness Awards in 2019

The Wharton Social Impact Initiative is pleased to announce the 2019 recipients of the John M. Bendheim Loan Forgiveness Fund for Public Service. These 12 Bendheim Fellows are examples of Wharton alumni using their skills—in finance, management, marketing, entrepreneurship, and more—for social impact. A look at previous winners reveals aRead More

Social Innovator in Residence Program to Host Entrepreneur Joey Hundert, Feb. 25-27

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Since 2014, Wharton Social Impact has invited social impact leaders to Penn’s campus for a multi-day visit filled with events and dialogue with students. We are pleased to announce Joey Hundert, Founder & CEO of Sustainitech, as the 2019 Nazarian Social Innovator in Residence. Nazarian Social Innovators share their careerRead More

7 Wharton Faculty & Doctoral Students Awarded Funding for Social Impact Research

Rigorous research provides the foundation for meaningful and sustainable social change. The Wharton Social Impact Initiative Fund for Social Impact Research helps support faculty and doctoral social impact research across many areas and disciplines. Awards typically range from $1,000 – $10,000, allowing recipients to advance their social impact research, developRead More

New, Award-Winning Research on Impact Investing by Wharton Faculty and Collaborators

How real is the impact in impact investing? One way to answer this question is to investigate the legal contracts that bind impact investors. To what extent do these contracts reinforce a commitment to impact? “Contracts with Benefits,” a new study by researchers at the Wharton School, Chicago Booth, andRead More

Social Impact at Wharton Global Forum: 4 Takeaways

Visionaries, rainmakers, trend-spotters, influencers, inventors, disruptors, advisers—these are Wharton alumni. Several members of the WSII team had the pleasure of attending the 52nd Wharton Global Forum in New York City, where we heard fascinating panels and networked with attendees. The common thread among these leaders in business, government, academia, andRead More