Hitting the Ground Running: the Wharton - Netter Center - Community Partnership
September 20, 2010
What happens when one of the world’s top business schools joins forces with a leader in the development of university-community partnerships?
Thanks to an anonymous $3.16 million gift, we will soon find out, as the Wharton School and Penn’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships come together to launch the Wharton-Netter Center-Community Partnership.
Set to debut this September, the collaborative program will bring Wharton’s vast business and data analysis expertise to bear on transforming underserved communities and will create a model for university-assisted community development that can be replicated. It will also open new on-the-ground learning experiences to Penn students eager to put their knowledge and skills to work in service of society.
Working collaboratively with West Philadelphia, the Wharton-Netter Center-Community Partnership will formulate and implement a series of local community and economic development initiatives, measure their efficacy, then focus on growing the most successful and replicating them in communities across the nation and the world. “Through this new partnership,” says Leonard Lodish, Wharton’s Vice Dean for Social Impact, “we will make a difference — first in West Philadelphia and ultimately much more broadly.”
The partnership is one more example of how the Making History Campaign is building the future -- with a foundation that's being laid right now.
Endowed by Edward (C’53) and Barbara Netter at the exciting start of Penn’s Making History Campaign, the Netter Center has linked the talents and academic efforts of Penn faculty and students with the West Philadelphia community for over 20 years, with a range of initiatives
that have made a significant difference in the lives of those students
and community members involved and have become models for similar
programs nationally and internationally. Now the Netter Center’s impressive track record in West Philadelphia will ensure that the new partnership with Wharton will hit the ground running.
> support for programs like the Netter Center is a key Campaign priority
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