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Dornsife Center 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 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.


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.


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.



  • 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