• The Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships

    A unique urban extension center: Located at the corner of 35th and Spring Garden Streets in West Philadelphia, the Dornsife Center will bring together Drexel students, faculty, and neighborhood residents like never before to pioneer real solutions to pressing urban challenges.

  • Hands-on Training

    The Dornsife Center will serve as a resource for sharing expertise and knowledge with members of the local community. Dedicated to education, problem solving, social entrepreneurship, and innovation, it will offer a welcoming environment for local families – adults and children alike – as well as for members of the Drexel community.

  • Programs both inside and out

    The Dornsife Center’s green space will host a range of collaborative programs and events from gardening to working with pets and sustainability education.

  • Connecting Communities

    The Dornsife Center is a place where residents of Mantua and Powelton Village as well as members of the Drexel community – students, faculty, and staff – can work, learn, and play together.


    Presence & Purpose

    The Dornsife Center’s programs will place Drexel’s resources and expertise within easy reach of  local residents, helping them improve their lives and sustain a stronger neighborhood. Current plans range from a law clinic and computer lab to wellness programs and a community kitchen.

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    Partners Needed

    By supporting the Dornsife Center, you can become a partner in its mission. Drexel seeks to raise $10 million to help renovate the site, modernize the infrastructure, equip it with current technology, and sustain its operating expenses during these crucial startup years.

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  • 1.3

    Number of acres the Center occupies at 3509 Spring Garden Street

    Philip Lindy, the driving force behind Drexel’s Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, secured this property for the University.

  • 15

    Drexel colleges and schools to be involved with the Dornsife Center

    Students, faculty, and staff from all of Drexel’s colleges and schools are invited to collaborate in the Center’s development and programming.

  • 29,400

    Square footage in our 3 buildings

    The Dornsife Center is a comfortable, welcoming space with ample room for programs that target the needs of local children, adults, and senior citizens.

  • 10M

    Fundraising goal for the Dornsife Center

    Alumnus Dana Dornsife and her husband, David, generously gave $10 million to establish the Center, an amount Drexel is now working to match with additional private giving.