Inspired by what Benjamin Franklin called "an inclination...to serve mankind," Penn weaves civic awareness and action into campus life.
Penn’s Economic Impact on Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Tops $14 Billion
An independent report outlines the University’s wide-ranging impact on the state, city, and region’s economic development and prosperity, especially as a major employer, developer of significant capital projects, purchaser of goods and services, and hub of research and innovation.
Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships
The Netter Center is Penn’s central administrative office for community partnership programs, including academically based community service, direct traditional service, and community development.
Office of Government and Community Affairs
OGCA manages relationships with government and community leaders, advocates for policies and legislation consistent with the University's goals, and shapes local engagement initiatives.
Community Service Initiatives
Community Service at Penn
Programs and services that bring campus and community together:
Academically Based Community Service
Courses, internships, and other academic programs that incorporate community service into the curriculum.
Penn's community service hub, promoting student citizenship and outreach to the community.
Penn Volunteers in Public Service (Penn VIPS)
Information for faculty and staff interested in participating in community service through Penn.
Other Services and Initiatives
Information and services for prospective and current homeowners and renters.
Penn Resources & Facilities Open to the Public
A comprehensive list of campus facilities and activities that are open to all.