The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Harvard Business School, and University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School Collaborate on Impact Investing Data Collection

New joint effort will advance both research and practice in impact investing PHILADELPHIA, October 28, 2020 – Chicago Booth’s Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation, the Harvard Business School Impact Collaboratory, and the Wharton Social Impact Initiative of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School announced today the launch of the ImpactRead More

Project Sage 3.0: New Gender Lens Investing Report

cover of WSII report Project Sage 3.0

What’s the latest in the world of gender lens investing? This month, Wharton Social Impact Initiative and Catalyst at Large published Project Sage 3.0. This new impact investing report tracks venture capital, private equity, and private debt with a gender lens, analyzing data and trends through December 2019. How bigRead More

Financial Times Highlights Wharton Social Impact Research and Programs in a Special Report

The Financial Times featured Wharton and the Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII) in an October 20th article about business schools shaping the future of social impact. The article prominently featured the WISE Fellowship, Wharton Impact Ventures Associates (WIVA), and WSII research on what makes companies good employers for women andRead More

8 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 research across many areas and disciplines. We’re pleased to announce the 2019-2020 WSII Fund for Social Impact Research winners: FACULTY Hamsa Bastani, Assistant ProfessorRead More

Client Applications Now Open for the Fall 2019 WISE Program

a group of students working on laptops and discussing projects in the WSII office

Industry professionals: are you looking for bright talent to help you with a challenging social impact project? Take this opportunity to work with Wharton and Penn students and apply to become a client with the WISE Program. Student fellows in the WISE Program support clients with research, consulting, and strategyRead 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

Has Impact Investing Been Seduced? That’s One Hypothesis

Commentary by Wharton Social Impact Initiative’s Nick Ashburn and Katherine Klein In the latest edition of SSIR, we read Mara Bolis and Chris West’s thoughtful critique of the evolution of impact investing with great interest. Bolis and West argue that impact investors have become increasingly “seduced” by the promise ofRead More