What's happening in Social Impact

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

WSII and Good Capital Project launch Total Impact Portfolio Challenge

The Good Capital Project, in collaboration with the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, is launching the Total Impact Portfolio Challenge – a competition to provide a hands-on opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to build 100% impact investment portfolios by integrating social and environmental impact across asset classes. “Good Capital ProjectRead More

17 Social Impact Leaders are Awarded Loan Forgiveness

The Wharton Social Impact Initiative is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the John M. Bendheim Loan Forgiveness Fund for Public Service. These 17 Bendheim Fellow are examples of Wharton alumni using their skills—in finance, management, marketing, entrepreneurship, and more—for social impact. A look at previous winners reveals a diverse network ofRead More

Five things to know about Project Sage

Project Sage is a global scan of private equity, venture capital and private debt funds with a gender lens, published today as a collaboration between the Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII) at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and Suzanne Biegel, Catalyst at Large.Read More

WSII welcomes Program Manager Yuri Seung

  Interview by Wharton freshman Monica Volodarsky “How did you get to where you are?” is a question that many WSII staff members get when they’re working with students.  That’s no different for the newest member of the team, Yuri Seung.  She brings a diverse academic background in English literature,Read More

Student Perspective: Striving for Good Business and Good Returns

In her Fellowship with Wharton Social Impact Initiative, Cathleen Gui applied what she’s learned about impact investing to the emerging field of gender lens investing. The speed at which impact investing has evolved in recent years has been rapid, going from a concept to an investing approach that is increasinglyRead More