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Donor Highlight: Community Teamworks, Steven M. Feldman, W’84

Volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House

Authored by: People Supporting Penn

Photography by: Courtesy of Steve Feldman, Rose Bender

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“Giving to the School of Social Policy & Practice offers me twice the benefit. Not only do I get to support Penn, but I get to support finding solutions to some of society’s most pressing social issues.”– Steven M. Feldman

Steven M. Feldman and the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) see the big picture when it comes to outreach. Together they are helping to plant the seeds for positive change in Penn’s surrounding communities.

Thanks to a generous gift from the Steven and Suzanne Feldman Family Foundation —combined with a contribution from Goldman Sachs Gives—SP2’s Community Teamworks is making a difference in neighborhoods throughout West Philadelphia. The program brings together Penn students, faculty, staff, and alumni and provides opportunities for local engagement through hands-on volunteer activities in support of local nonprofits.

“Community Teamworks, developed by Goldman Sachs, is a very impressive service program that we would like to see become a national model,” Feldman says. “Working with SP2, we’ve been able to bring Community Teamworks to Penn. Hopefully, over time, the program will travel to other universities.”

SP2 is already extending Community Teamworks to other Schools and Centers throughout Penn. Since the program’s inception in 2012, SP2 has partnered with the Center for Bioethics, the Perelman School of Medicine, Penn Nursing, the Graduate School of Education, Penn Dental, and Wharton to engage scores of volunteers from across the University for Community Teamworks activities.