About Us

Established in the spring of 2006 by the dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice and a small group of anonymous alumni of the Wharton School of Business, the Center for High Impact Philanthropy is a nonprofit and university-based center focused on improving the social impact of philanthropic activities.

Thanks to our founding benefactors’ generous term gift, the Center has become a leading resource for individual donors and their advisors on how they can make the greatest difference in the lives of others.

Our university home continues to be an ideal setting for such a resource center. The School of Social Policy & Practice is a leader in research and education related to the pursuit of social justice and progress. Our many collaborative efforts with Wharton’s Program for Social Impact allow our team to access the tremendous energy and intellectual capital of one of the world’s most esteemed business schools.

In addition, the University of Pennsylvania is home to renowned programs in areas such as law, medicine, nursing, education, science, engineering, and ethics, all of which are important sources of information and expertise for the Center. These resources, however, are the foundation for our team’s applied perspective. Our work reaches far beyond the University of Pennsylvania, not only to engage individuals in other institutions of higher learning, but also to engage nonprofits/NGOs, philanthropists, foundations, policy and research centers, and others working towards more effective philanthropy. To find out more, please see Our Funders and Partners.