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Making an Impact

Penn Nursing has never been about leaving work undone.  We have always risen to the challenge.  We are, and always have been, a school and a community dedicated to making change happen—to innovating not just for care and cures, but for life and living. 

Impact in action

You can help us write the story of our future and the future of health care, and together we can continue to drive cutting edge solutions to some of today’s most pressing health care challenges.


  • Fellowships Honor Former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Chief Of Staff

    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation gifted the University of Pennsylvania with a $2 million endowment in 2017, establishing the Calvin Bland Faculty Fellowships, and initiative that incentivizes faculty to improve the lives of young men and their families by advancing health and health care for all with an emphasis on at-risk young men and boys of color.


How you can make an impact

Please contact us to discuss how you can get involved in these impact opportunities, or make a gift today.

Help us to provide funding for the stellar students who cannot afford a Penn education. Undergraduate, graduate, and second-degree term and endowed funding are “evergreen” needs for the school, to provide tuition support across the spectrum of our students—ensuring the best and the brightest have access to a Penn Nursing education regardless of their ability to pay.

Education Innovation Fund:
Help us to continue to graduate the most qualified nurses in the world by endowing a fund for education innovation. The School has identified several evidence-based best practices and state of the art education  approaches—which better integrate simulation and interdisciplinary practice in our clinical courses, provide transformative experiences in community settings, and reinvent curriculum to encourage innovation in each and every student from day one. Funds will enable the School to update lab software and provide 3D printing for realistic simulation, answer to the demands of a new educational spectrum with online experiences and opportunities for lifelong learning, and to continually evaluate the outcomes of our training so that we can pivot toward the most impactful and cutting edge education. 

Student Success Fund:
Non-tuition student aid is vital to help students maximize their opportunities for success at Penn. The Student Success Fund would prioritize the financial needs of first generation and under-represented students in an effort to maximize their opportunities for success at Penn. These students often do not have the resources to take advantage of many things that are peripheral to their classwork, but yet are essential to a meaningful college experience. Funds defray the costs of extracurricular activities, special study courses, tutoring, supplemental learning opportunities, summer coursework, etc.

Research and Innovation Laboratory:
Help make it possible for Penn Nursing to respond quickly and creatively to new areas of science, to support faculty innovation, and to invest in emerging technologies. Penn Nursing must build on its legacy of research and discovery — accelerating innovative, calculated risks to respond quickly and creatively to new areas of science. The Research and Innovation Laboratory will foster a culture of innovation at the School, create the future leaders of nursing, and fund rapid translation of research into patient care — with significant impact on the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

Endowed Faculty Chairs in Emerging Science:
Help us attract the most talented researchers and innovators by endowing faculty chairs, to make it possible for Penn Nursing to put groundbreaking scientists in emerging areas of science. Endowments will allow for support in recruitment, meaningful incentive packages, the use of technologies, post-doctoral fellows, and opportunities to collaborate across the University and to mentor junior faculty.

Academic Partnership Program:
Help Penn Nursing strengthen its most unique asset: proximity to a world class hospital system. The University of Pennsylvania Health System and the School of Nursing have a symbiotic relationship: they feed off one another’s excellence and we need to foster this Academic Partnership. The School can offer educational opportunities for nurses already in the health care system, including advanced degrees, and the health system can offer incredible clinical experiences and research opportunities. With funding for collaborative education, research, and practice efforts, we can solve challenges in health care confronted every day, and develop extraordinary nurses and researchers.

The Penn Futures Project:

Help us improve the health and welfare of children by funding the Penn Futures Project, a joint effort of Nursing, GSE, and SP2. This project is a multi-disciplinary effort of research and programmatic initiatives, such as partnering with a local high school for health sciences to prepare professionals who work with youth, harnessing the power of cross-city agency data to create new solutions for children in poverty, and preparing practitioners to work with vulnerable LGBTQ youth. Support of this initiative includes innovative multidisciplinary clinical education and training, and dissemination of best practices throughout the community.

Community Partnership Program:
By supporting our Community Partnership Program that embeds Penn Nursing faculty in community health organizations, you help us prepare students to assess and address the impact of social determinants on health and health care, and support community organizations’ capacity to address the health needs of diverse populations. The goal of the Program is threefold: to design and integrate community based practices into clinical education that will increase expert capacity within these organizations; to increase community-based experiences for nursing students; and to develop a pipeline of well-prepared students compelled to use their expertise in community settings both as learners and as future health professionals.

Endow the Nursing/Wharton Dual Degree:
Help us fund the only dual degree program without an endowment, and cultivate leaders in health care and business. Students in this program are of the highest caliber, having gained entry to both the top undergraduate nursing and undergraduate business schools in the world. They graduate prepared for clinical practice as well as analytic and management positions, and represent a powerful combination of clinical nursing and business skills that can change the profession—and healthcare—from leadership positions in their organizations. Supporting this program is a timely opportunity for those want to impact health care at a pivotal point in history. Funding would provide the rigorous dual degree program with endowed salary support for the Program Director, endowed tuition support for students, and annual programmatic support.

Endowed Director of Research and Innovation:
Endowing a Director of Research and Innovation would help the School focus its attention on the newest approaches and guide us through rigorous research through the application of the School’s discoveries. The Director would coordinate the mentoring of junior faculty, and supervise statistical and design staff.

Nursing Innovation Fund:
Maximize the impact of your gift by providing seed funding to support faculty and student projects that secure our role as a national hub of nursing innovation. This support funds nursing innovation in any part of its life cycle at the School: including exploring areas of emerging science and research innovation, promoting nurse leadership, and building a culture of innovation at Penn Nursing—all of which are critical to our ongoing growth, pre-eminence, and impact in nursing and health science. 

Global Impact Fund:
Funding our global initiatives that leverage our collaboration with the World Health Organization will address maternal health, primary care access, and nurse training in countries around the world. The Global Impact Fund will support faculty with on-the-ground connections in the Pan American Health Organization’s area and create, implement, and maintain programs involving scholarship, practice, and service for both faculty and students.  Non-tuition aid for students studying globally will provide critical experience and allow them to advance in a globally focused career, enhancing our ability to recruit extraordinary students at the MSN level. Extended twelve month programs will build capacity and provide access where needed most in the world, and will maintain the School’s strong global profile.

Give to Our Area of Greatest Need:
When you make a gift to the Dean’s Innovating for Life and Living Fund, you support our highest needs.