International House of Philadelphia

Supporting the American Experience


International House students at the Satell Study Center

Founded over 100 years ago, International House Philadelphia was the first residential center in the world for visiting international scholars and students.  It is located by the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University campuses. Resident students and scholars are 80% foreign and 20% American. The International House’s critical three-fold mission:

  • To maintain a diverse and welcoming community for scholars from around the world while introducing them to the American experience
  • To broaden the horizons of the students, scholars and the larger community through high-quality international arts and humanities programs
  • To encourage cooperation and respect among the peoples of all nations.  The residence can accommodate 400 people and has gathering rooms used by the regional community as well.

What We do

In addition to being among IHouse’s most generous annual financial supporters for many years,  Progressive Business Publications, through the Progressive Business Publications Charitable Trust and the Satell Family Foundation, filled an important need by funding the establishment of the Satell 24/7 Study Center in 2002 to accommodate growing technology demands from the House’s 400 residents. The Satell Study quickly became the most-used facility in the House.  Residents were able to access state-of-the-art computers, printers and fax machines, as well as use the Center as a study resource. The Center quickly became the “hub of the House”.

In 2007, IHouse leadership requested additional financial funding for an update and newer technology.  Progressive Business Publications agreed to again meet the need with a “challenge grant” of 50% of the total, then encouraged the leadership team to meet the challenge by raising an equal amount in three months.

Ed accepting International Leadership and Vision Award in 2012

It was quickly and dramatically met!  100% of the staff and board contributed, with one of the maintenance staff who had been at the House for almost thirty years asking for the privilege of giving the final dollar!  A complete new tech system with high-speed connectivity was put in place in 2008.

The Satell Study Center continues to be in constant use and is a “major attraction” for the residing students and scholars who need immediate connectivity and top-notch resources for their academic endeavors. To date, more than 5,000 international students have benefited.

In addition to this support, Ed has been a Trustee for many years and a valued adviser for IHouse leadership.

In late spring of 2012, Ed was honored by International House with the International Leadership and Vision Award, recognizing his long commitment to the mission, the community and the international students.