Dana How Social Service Fund

Who is Dana How?

Dana How served as Executive Director of the Christian Association (CA) of the University of Pennsylvania from 1928 to 1958. He was a committed leader, providing oversight and support for the CA as well as the two summer residential camps in Green Lane, PA and three community settlement houses based in South Philadelphia and near the university. Those settlement houses (Western House, University House and Dixon House) were the main recruitment centers for campers.

The camps were known as the University Camps for Boys and the University Camps for Girls. How recruited Penn students to serve as counselors at the camps. Under his guidance the camps were racially integrated in 1946, and in the 1970s both sites became coed. They adopted the names Unami Camp for older campers and Deep Creek for younger campers.

These organizations flourished and grew under How’s leadership. In a 1940s-era pamphlet, he called for people to “join with us through your gifts in the happy privilege of lifting hundreds out of their hardships and unhappiness and of actually setting them on the road to a new and better world.”

Dana How
Dana How

In recognition of Dana How’s more than 50 years of dedication to social service work among disadvantaged children in the Greater Philadelphia area, while inspiring generations of students at the University of Pennsylvania, several of his colleagues created a testimonial fund known as the Dana G. How Social Service Fund.

Today that fund, financially operated as a trust by the Philadelphia Foundation, is managed by a committee of former campers, counselors-in-training, counselors and administrators at the very same University Camps that Dana How worked tirelessly to support.

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