The Center for Social Impact Strategy was founded at the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014.

“Social impact strategy is any effort to create public value that is systematic, sustainable and innovative. Effectively creating social impact is an essential challenge to all organizations regardless of geography or sector.” – Dr. Peter Frumkin  

Recognizing an opportunity to engage a much broader group of social impact and nonprofit professionals beyond a traditional campus-based degree program, Dr. Frumkin envisioned the production of new ideas in social impact with the development of innovative programs for the world of practice beyond campus. The work of the Center is designed to allow all program participants—including undergraduates, graduates, alumni and global leaders—to delve deeply into the topic of social impact creation. Peter Frumkin is Professor of Social Policy, Faculty Director of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy, and the Mindy and Andrew Heyer Chair in Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. His research and teaching focus is on philanthropy, nonprofit management, and social entrepreneurship