Boston University

550 Students, 2,000 Hours, and $16,545


Boston University School of Management students participated in a number of initiatives this year including: Dress for Success, Adopt-A-Family, and the Greater Boston Food Bank. For a complete list see Appendix 1. Through various class projects, students have also consulted for a number of local organizations (Appendix 2). The School also hosts two prominent annual events focused on engaging students in social and sustainability initiatives: the fifteenth annual Net Impact Case Competition and Link Day, an annual one-day student probono consulting project with local nonprofits. The School is the proud host of The ForSE: Forum for Social Entrepreneurs as well as Symposium, a conference that showcases best practices and panels with industry leaders in conjunction with our Net Impact and PNP clubs. This year’s talks included “Redefining the Bottom Line: The Value Proposition of CSR and Sustainability” and “Reinventing Nonprofit Management: Taking Advantage of Business Best Practices.” The Energy Club also hosts an annual Energy Conference. These initiatives embody classroom lessons, putting academic theory into business practice, and fusing real-world perspective with academic knowledge.

In addition to the activities and organizations (see Appendix 3) that our students are involved with, the School hosts a speaker series (see Appendix 4) where students have the opportunity to informally meet with alumni and other leaders in the nonprofit field, to discuss challenges faced and solved by industry experts. The involvement of our students in social and sustainable initiatives is a crucial part of the experience at the Boston University School of Management. Spending over 2,000 hours, with close to 550 students participating, we have raised $16,545 for social and sustainable initiatives.

The curriculum at Boston University School of Management has always emphasized a comprehensive skill set, embracing both quantitative and qualitative dexterity, regardless of industry. Our 32-year-old Public and Nonprofit Management program (PNP) and its dedicated participants have significantly influenced the general management curriculum and experience. The program was founded in order to improve public management and has evolved to address the needs of the nonprofit sector, and currently includes coursework in international development, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility. In the last three years, the percentage of the fulltime student body concentrating in this program has doubled, allowing distribution across all cohorts to foster awareness among all students. An additional 15-20 students join the PNP program on a part-time basis each year, representing roughly 10% of the incoming class.

The Boston University School of Management has launched a continuum of coursework that focuses on social responsibility as a core business strategy. Students can take a myriad of coursework focusing on public and nonprofit management. Some electives include: Global Social Enterprise Field Seminar, Marketing Social Change, Leading the Mission-Driven Organization, Clean Technology Business Models, Strategy for Nonprofits, Strategic Fundraising and Corporate Philanthropy, Global Sustainability and the New Entrepreneur among many others. For a complete list, see appendix 5. Additional course work is available in other schools at Boston University, including the School of Social Work, the Center for Environmental Studies, the School of Education, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Public Health.

The mission of the Boston University School of Management emphasizes the importance of social responsibility. We develop the whole business student and bring forth a unique cross-functional perspective to prepare ethical, innovative builders and leaders who will benefit society worldwide. As illustrated by our unique Public & Nonprofit Management Program, as well as social responsibility focused clubs and initiatives, we help our students become leaders who can help address society's most challenging humanitarian and social problems in the global economy. Whether our students go on to work in government, the nonprofit sector, or private industry, the Boston University School of Management will prepare them with the financial, operational, leadership, and entrepreneurial skills to lead and manage in today's changing environment.

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