The Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP) is the only university-based center with a singular focus on philanthropy for social impact. Founded as a collaboration between the School of Social Policy & Practice and alumni of the Wharton School, it is a trusted source of knowledge and education to help donors around the world do more good.
Our multi-disciplinary team’s work is characterized by a focus on social impact, an approach that leverages the best available information, and a commitment to making our guidance available and actionable for a wide-range of impact-focused funders.
Our senior team has substantive experience on a range of domestic and international issues; evaluation and program design; and strategy and operations. Our backgrounds and networks allow us to quickly ramp up our project-based capacity through strategic use of consultants, fellows, practitioners, academics, and graduate and undergraduate research assistants. Core team members’ backgrounds and our network also allow us to synthesize information across a wide array of disciplines to determine the most promising approaches for achieving positive, social change.
Our Center’s home in Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) provides a unique opportunity to engage preeminent scholars and graduate students committed to social justice, social impact, and positive social change. Starting in the Fall of 2017, our inaugural faculty fellows program represents a more structured opportunity for faculty experts to contribute to our work. In addition to ensuring the rigor of CHIP’s guidance, program participation helps expand researchers’ networks and perspectives in a way that strengthens future scholarship, especially by affiliated post docs and other graduate students. Find the bios of our 2017-2018 Faculty Fellows here.