Campus Programs for Penn Students

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy (CHIP)’s team members teach and lecture in courses at the School of Social Policy & Practice, Wharton, and the Perelman School of Medicine, among others. We also serve as advisors to a select number of independent study projects throughout the year.

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Graduate Credit
SWRK 787-001: Social Impact Strategy & Analysis

This class is not offered in the 2019-2020 academic year.

Team-taught by members of CHIP’s core team, the course will be co-directed by the CHIP’s founding executive director, Katherina ‘Kat’ Rosqueta, and CHIP’s director for applied research & analysis, Hanh La.

Through hands-on practice, team projects, and highly interactive case-based discussions, students will gain:

  • Knowledge of how to analyze opportunities for impact and potential for impact, including how to determine the scale and scope of an opportunity and how to use the tools of social impact economics (Cost-benefit, SROI, cost per impact etc.)
  • Frameworks to address the strategic issues and key tasks (goal-setting, managing trade-offs, assessing a dynamic environment) faced by managers/leaders with a social impact mandate
  • Tools for influencing others towards social impact, including a review of relevant research and real-world examples of effective communication and stakeholder management
  • Hands-on experience applying analytical skills, effective storytelling approaches, and stakeholder engagement strategies to different formats (e.g., video short, vc/donor pitch, policy brief).

This class is designed for a highly multi-disciplinary cohort of students committed to understanding solutions to society’s most pressing issues. It is open to graduate students or advanced undergrads from across the university, by permission of the instructor.

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More Opportunities
Student Employment, Research, and Independent Study

The Center has served as a practicum and independent study site for graduate students and provides research assistantships and workstudy opportunities throughout the school year. During the summer, our summer associate program offers a chance for exceptional undergraduate and graduate students from Penn and other schools to contribute to our work. Learn more about upcoming internship and job opportunities. To learn about upcoming campus course offerings for Penn students email