Alumni Perspective: Building Community through Pro Bono Consulting

Every year, hundreds of alumni volunteers support the life-enriching work of nonprofits via their work with PennPAC – a network of pro bono alumni consulting, staffed by graduates from every school of the University of Pennsylvania.   Wharton grads Austin Chang W’12 and Andrea Gural WG ’94 shared their experience for the Wharton SocialRead More

Student Perspective: Launching a Nonprofit with the Cohort’s Help

“One percent of the developed world’s income could eliminate the leading causes of preventable death in the developing world,” contended Josh McCann during a Wharton persuasive speaking class. My classmate, a Wharton MBA student, was trying to convince professionals to donate 1% of their income to fight extreme poverty andRead More

Alumni Impact Story: Chris Marvin, WG’11

Chris Marvin, WG’11, was serving as an aviation platoon leader and Blackhawk pilot, deployed to combat operations in Afghanistan, when his helicopter crashed. During his recuperation stateside—which involved 10 surgeries and thousands of physical therapy hours—he received a letter from an organization, thanking him for his service with a $5ooRead More

Alumni Impact Story: Barry Mattson, WG’08

Barry Mattson, WG’08, is a recipient of the Bendheim Loan Forgiveness Fund – a program designed to ease the burden of student loans for selected Wharton MBA graduates who are pursuing careers in the nonprofit and public sectors. Below, Mattson describes his work fighting poverty in Ethiopia. As an MBA student, I hadRead More

Student Perspective: Creating standards for social and environmental impact with B Lab

Penn undergrad Lena Backe shares her experience working with nonprofit B Lab as part of the PennSEM Internship Program during the summer of 2013. In partnership with Wharton Social Impact Initiative, the 8-10 week summer program sent students to one of six successful national and international social enterprises, with funding provided by the Levy Fund.Read More