New Report: “Innovative Finance: Mobilizing Capital for Maximum Impact”

A new report from Wharton Social Impact Initiative and Knowledge@Wharton examines the origins and different approaches of innovative finance for social impact. Ending poverty and fostering sustainable development — the aims of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — will require some $3.9 trillion annually for the next 15 yearsRead More

News from Wharton Social Impact: Spring Semester In Review

This weekend, more than 150 Wharton alumni gathered to talk with us about business strategies for a better world. As part of Wharton Reunion Weekend, we were honored to host an alumni panel moderated by WSII Managing Director Sherryl Kuhlman, WG’01.  The session—featuring panelists Abigail Bach, G’86 WG’86, Dawn Hines, WG’91, andRead More

Innovative Finance and the Sustainable Development Goals

Just last fall, nearly 193 countries adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 objectives to eradicate extreme poverty, slow climate change, and reduce inequality and injustice around the world by 2030. Varied and ambitious, the SDGs provide a framework to tackle diverse environmental and social challenges rangingRead More

Press Release: New Wharton Research Shows “Doing Well While Doing Good” Is Viable Investment Strategy, Investors Seeking Social Impact Can Receive Comparable Returns

Findings suggest that – in certain market segments – investors might not need to expect lower returns as a tradeoff for impact PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania announced today the release of a new report, “Great Expectations: Mission Preservation and Financial Performance in ImpactRead More

To Brag or Not to Brag: Social Impact Research from Professor Deb Small

If you do a good deed but no one knows about it, does your contribution even matter? Does public sharing (or bragging, or #humblebragging) make your generous activities seem more self-serving than selfless?  In a series of studies, Wharton marketing and psychology professor Deborah Small examined myths and perceptions aroundRead More

Press Release: Visiting Practitioner Program Connects Students with Social Impact Experts

Philadelphia, October 1, 2014 – In the latest effort to connect students with leading business, social impact, and nonprofit visionaries, Wharton Social Impact Initiative (WSII) is pleased to host visiting social impact practitioner Bill Clark, W’74, former executive director of Philabundance, Philadelphia’s largest hunger relief organization. Bill Clark, W’74 “OurRead More