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Social Enterprise at Harvard.

At Harvard Business School

Social Enterprise Initiative. The HBS Social Enterprise Initiative is a collaborative effort between the HBS community and leaders in the nonprofit, for–profit, and public sectors to generate and disseminate practicable resources, tools, and knowledge with the ultimate goal of bettering society.


HBS Social Enterprise Club. The Social Enterprise Club at Harvard Business School is one of the school’s largest student clubs with over 400 members. The Club creates a community of like-minded students that believe in using business solutions to solve the world’s pressing problems.


HBS Social Enterprise Alumni Association. The Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Alumni Association is a nonprofit social and professional organization established by and for graduates of HBS who are involved or interested in social enterprise. Its mission is to help alumni more fully engage in and strengthen the social sector, both personally and professionally, at all stages of life.


HBS Executive Education Opportunities in Social Enterprise. These programs, presented by the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI), enable you to pave a decisive, proactive path to leadership within your nonprofit organization. The SEI generates and shares knowledge that helps create social value in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors—supporting the School’s mission to educate leaders who make a difference in the world.

At Harvard Kennedy School of Government

HKS Hauser Center Initiative for Responsible Investing. The Initiative for Responsible Investment (IRI) at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations promotes the development of the theory and practice of responsible investment through research, dialogue, and action. The IRI works across asset classes to build communities of practice around innovative responsible investment strategies and catalyze new opportunities and concepts in responsible investment.


HKS Social Enterprise Club. The Social Enterprise Club at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government is dedicated to serving social entrepreneurs on campus and cultivating a network of students who are passionate about social enterprise. The Club hosts targeted events, speakers, meetings, and innovation “pitch” contests, and it supports and participates in the Social Enterprise Conference in order to foster and strengthen the social enterprise community on campus and beyond.


Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative. The Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative seeks to study and enhance the effectiveness of corporate social responsibility. It is a multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder effort dedicated to research conducted by Harvard faculty, fellows, and students, dialogues and workshops, education, and outreach.

Hauser Center for Non-Profit Organizations. The Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations seeks to expand understanding and accelerate critical thinking about civil society among scholars, practitioners, policy makers and the general public, by encouraging scholarship, developing curriculum, fostering mutual learning between academics and practitioners, and shaping policies that enhance the sector and its role in society.

2010 - present

2010 - present

At Harvard Law School

HLS Public Service Venture Fund. The Public Service Venture Fund mission is to create more opportunities for careers in public service by investing in entrepreneurial lawyers with a passion for social and economic justice. Inspired by Harvard Law School alumni who have used their degrees and experience to pursue innovative methods of social change, the Public Service Venture Fund will award $1 million in grants every year to Harvard Law graduates pursuing careers in public service.

The first program of its kind at a law school, the fund offers "seed money" for startup nonprofit ventures to students and alumni and salary support to graduating J.D. students and judicial law clerks for postgraduate work at nonprofit or government agencies in the United States and abroad.

At Harvard College

Harvard College Social Innovation Collaborative. The mission of the Harvard College Social Innovation Collaborative (SIC) is to bring together Harvard undergraduates, graduate students and broader community members who are passionate about social innovation and its ability to create meaningful and sustainable social change through mixed-profit models. SIC seeks to create a productive, open dialogue about social entrepreneurship, foster and incubate innovative ideas, and promote collaboration. The organization hosts undergraduate-focused programming throughout the year, in addition to the Igniting Innovation Summit on Social Entrepreneurship, an annual conference that convenes over 250 students, professionals, and leaders in the field.

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