THE SATELL INSTITUTE
‘Think WE, not just me’
The Philadelphia-based Satell Institute is a Think and Do Tank dedicated to Corporate Social Responsibility. A nonpartisan, nonprofit operating foundation, it is fully-funded by a multi-million dollar endowment.
From values to action. We facilitate high impact, philanthropic Corporate Social Responsibility through a two-tiered approach—a Think Tank, centered around research and education, and a Do Tank, focused on encouraging, supporting, and empowering business leaders to improve their communities.
Research. Education. Our Think Tank employs the expertise of leading academic scholars at institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, Cornell, and Stanford, as well as Erasmus University, Hertie School of Governance, and the University of Basel. Their research and recommendations—published in the form of white papers, journal articles, and experimental studies—are the information platform for our work.
Membership. Community. By proving the impact of long-term giving, our Do Tank has created a diverse collective force of corporate-nonprofit partnerships, lengthening the trajectories of valuable nonprofit programs and initiatives. Since the Satell Institute began in 2016, our corporate members have collectively dedicated millions of dollars to nonprofits in the Philadelphia region and beyond.
Our goal – to increase the number of companies committed to long-term investments in nonprofits. In addition to improving communities, we believe these partnerships benefit the for-profit and nonprofit partners involved on multiple levels:
- Long-term commitment. To become a member, businesses must make a four-year financial commitment of at least $25,000 annually to a nonprofit partner of their choice.
- Free membership. There is no fee for corporate members. All corporate contributions go directly to the chosen nonprofit partners.
- Freedom to choose one’s cause. Whether the focus is on supporting good healthcare, education, culture, research, or social needs, we invite our members to select the cause(s) that align with their business goals.
- Relationship-building opportunities. CEO-to-CEO communication is our hallmark. We achieve this through private conferences, unique CEO idea exchanges, and more.
Collaborative communities. We believe that with success in business comes the responsibility and gratitude to give back, to make the world a better place than we inherited. In our vision of the future, businesses and nonprofits are interlinked in complementary ways, contributing to the diverse array of efforts communities need to thrive. Guiding this vision is our founder’s motto, “Think WE, not just me.”
The Driving Force Behind the Mission
Founder & CEO
Vice President and COS
Founding Research Director
Assistant Research Director
Director of Intern Program
Board Liasion for Marketing & Communication
Executive Liaison to the Corporate Community
Executive Liaison to the Corporate Community
The Advisory Board
We appreciate the deep commitment of our Advisory Board.
The International Research Advisory Board
We value the global perspective of our International Research Advisory Board.
About the Founder, Edward M. (Ed) Satell
A successful, innovative and respected business entrepreneur for more than 50 years, Ed Satell is Founder and CEO of a multi-division media and ecommerce provider, headquartered in the Philadelphia region. His company is well-known for a strong, supportive culture of accountability and dedication to corporate social responsibility. Ed believes, models and teaches “Think we, not just me”.
He established two charitable foundations to support the belief that with success comes responsibility. The Satell Family Foundation and the Progressive Business Publications Charitable Trust are among of the quietest but most effective in the region, with more than 30 selected activities with 24 institutions.
His Foundations turn his thoughts into action, focusing on five key areas: developing disadvantaged children, developing young people of promise, supporting higher education, medical and energy research to improve lives, community and civic initiatives, and supporting his heritage. This quiet but extensive philanthropy is uniquely hands-on, with Ed known in the nonprofit world as a “thinking partner”. He provides the business expertise and understanding of best practices greatly valued by the nonprofits supported.
Most recently, Ed founded and fully-endowed the ground-breaking Satell Institute, a Think and Do Tank for Corporate Social Responsibility. The Institute is focused on championing the interdependence of successful business organizations, the well-being of the communities they operate in, and the need they have for each other, recognizing an inescapable priority for business leaders — to make the communities they operate in better by partnering for-profits with quality nonprofits, for the greater good. The Think Tank provides the research and educational resources that back this ideal. Its Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), created in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania, is on the prestigious MIT-Harvard platform edX.
Like Ed himself, the Institute is dedicated to CSR action. The Do Tank has emerged as a “Collective Force” of many business and foundation leaders committed to community development to ensure communities’ long-term well-being—the greater good. Members support one or more community nonprofit partners via one or more four-year, $25,000 per year (or more) commitment(s) to a nonprofit. The Institute held its first private CEO-only CSR conference in April 2018, which was attended by more than 60 top CEOs desiring to learn more about CSR. Bill McNabb, Vanguard Chairman, served as keynote speaker.
In 2017, Ed also established the first Fellowship for CSR at the University of Connecticut School of Business through the Satell Family Foundation.
In 2018, the beautiful Satell Center for Jewish Life on the Eastern Shore was dedicated.
Although he prefers little publicity, many nonprofits chose to honor him as an inspiration and role model. These honors include:
2003 Greater Philadelphia Area Association of Fundraising Professionals “Philanthropist of the Year Award”
2005 World Affairs Council of Philadelphia Atlas “Man of the Year” Award
2006 Temple Sholom “Visionary of Sholom” Award
2007 Walnut Street Theatre “Man of the Year” Award
2008 Cradle of Liberty Council BSA Good Scout “Man of the Year” Award
2009 Caron Foundation “Humanitarian of the Year” Award
2011 Inducted by Junior Achievement as Inaugural Member into the Philadelphia Business Hall of Fame
2012 The Legacy of Leadership Award from The World Affairs Council, presented by Former Prime Minister Tony Blair
2012 Inducted into the University of Connecticut Business School Hall of Fame
2013 The International Vision Award from International House, Philadelphia
2014 The Judge Lois Forer Child Advocacy Award celebrating his contribution to supporting children around the world
2014 The Heroes of Liberty Award for his long-time commitment to Freedom and Values by the National Liberty Museum
2015 Leadership Award from the Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival
2016 Richard J. Caron Medal from the Caron Foundation
His Honorary Degrees Include:
2007 Doctorate from Gratz College, where he was also the Commencement Speaker
2011 International Fellowship Degree from The Technion Institute, Israel
2016 Honorary Doctorate Degree from the Technion Institute, Israel
Ed has written a comprehensive and highly-regarded book on sales techniques, The Principles of Sales Excellence and contributed the foreword to The American National Tree and the final chapter for Defining New Christian-Jewish Dialogue.
He is a proud graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Business, where he was a member of the Phi Sigma Delta Fraternity, elected to student government and a leader in various campus-wide activities. Ed is a long-time member of the Young Presidents and World Presidents Organization. He founded the Nonprofit CEO Forum which fosters executive development for top regional nonprofit CEOs. Ed also serves on numerous Boards in the Philadelphia region, as well as a national Board.
We invite you to watch and listen as Ed describes his vision for Corporate Social Responsibility in the video below.
Interning with the Satell Institute
Consider applying for our Summer Scholars Program. Rising seniors, graduate students, and doctoral candidates are welcome to apply for this paid internship.
“It was amazing being in a room of such prominent leaders and experiencing the energy and enthusiasm they all have for the work the Satell Institute is doing.”
- Satell Scholar 2018