Dornsife at a Glance

  • 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.

What

A unique “urban extension center” with offerings that combine Drexel University expertise and community knowledge to solve problems in West Philadelphia.

An educational resource open five days a week for children, youth, adults, and senior citizens in Mantua, Powelton Village, and West Philadelphia.

Where

3509 Spring Garden, on the border of Mantua and Powelton Village, three historic buildings on a vacant 1.3-acre site in the heart of the neighborhood.

How

A collaboration of all 15 Drexel colleges and schools; Mantua and Powelton residents; nonprofit partners such as LIFT, Campaign for Working Families, West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, Clarifi, Entrepreneur Works, People’s Emergency Center; and educational partners such as Community College of Philadelphia and the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Planned Programs

  • Community Health Center

  • Wellness and exercise classes

  • Law clinic

  • Financial education and tax preparation

  • Adult basic education

  • Job training and small business support

  • Resume writing and interview skills

  • Digital training and computer access

  • Computer repairs and demonstrations

  • House repair clinics and demonstrations in energy efficiency

  • Public art and theater

  • Green infrastructure and planting beds

  • Children’s Center

  • K–12 STEM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

  • Cooking demonstrations and nutrition education

  • College and Career Exploration Center for college information and financial aid

  • Book clubs and children’s story hours

  • Architecture design/build studio for sustainable infill housing