Nominate a high-impact Executive Director or CEO of a Nonprofit for an HBS scholarship

Nominate a high-impact Executive Director or CEO of a Nonprofit for an HBS scholarship

Each year, HBS Community Partners selects local nonprofit leaders to receive scholarships, sponsored by HBSA/NC, to attend a weeklong executive education program at Harvard Business School.  Past scholarship recipients have told us that they return from HBS to their organizations invigorated with insights and tools for change.

Get inspired! Watch this short CNN Video featuring one of our 2013 Scholarship recipients!

The flagship executive education leadership program, Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management, takes place in the summer.  This is an intensive week of interactive learning onsite at the HBS campus residential executive facilities, during which participants examine their missions and develop new strategies for the new global economy. Taught by a team of faculty members from HBS and other graduate schools within Harvard University, the program features management cases and materials drawn from a wide variety of social enterprises. Post-program evaluations have been overwhelmingly positive, and follow-up discussions indicate that participants are actively applying concepts and skills from the programs.  Participants have the opportunity to connect with 140 nonprofit leaders from a broad range of sectors and geographies.

This program is designed for nonprofit Executive Directors who are responsible for driving the organization’s direction, mission, policies, and major programs. For a full program description, visit HBS Executive Education website (

Eligibility:  Executive Directors or CEO’s of Bay Area 501(c)(3) organizations with at least $1 million in annual operating revenue and who have been in their current position for at least one year are eligible to apply for these scholarships.  The organization should be out of the start-up phase and have a minimum of 5-6 employees.  This program is not open to applications from management support organizations or consulting firms.

Applications: Candidates interested in applying for these scholarships should submit their applications directly to Community Partners (using the Community Partners application — to request an application contact Elaine MacDonald at  Please do not submit your application directly to HBS to be eligible for the scholarship.  Community Partners requires a letter of endorsement from the board chair to accompany the application.

Deadline:  All applications should be received by HBS Community Partners by February 9th. Applications should be returned to Elaine MacDonald, Executive Director of HBS Community Partners, at  A letter of support from the Board Chair should also accompany the application.

2014 Scholarship Recipients

Jeremy Madsen, Greenbelt Alliance (Environmental Protection/Conservation) – Makes the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area a better place to live by protecting the region’s open space and improving the livability of its cities and towns.  Given the region’s anticipated growth by two million people over the next generation, Greenbelt Alliance has an opportunity to implement a vision of an environmentally sustainable region with a thriving economy and high quality of life.

Alicia Polak, The Bread Project(Community/Economic Development) – Empowers individuals with limited resources on their path to self-sufficiency through skills instruction, on-the-job training in our social enterprises and assistance with establishing a career in the food industry.  The Bread Project is exploring how to best manage and operate a successful social enterprise in a competitive marketplace with a high quality training program and excellent post-graduation results.

Gerald Richards, 826 National(Education) – Founded by award winning author, Dave Eggers, 826 centers offer a variety of inventive programs that provide under-resourced students, ages 6-18, with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills.  826 National has the opportunity to be a leading voice nationally and globally in advocating for the importance of writing and creativity in education.

Sue Anne Shift, SF Botanical Garden (Arts/Culture) – Manages and operates 55 acres in Golden Gate Park showcasing more than 8,000 different kinds of plants from all over the world. The organization builds communities of support for the Botanical Garden and cultivates the bond between people and plants.  SF Botanical Garden is engaged in a multiyear effort to both stabilize and grow it current operations and construct a Center for Sustainable Gardening.

2013 Scholarship Recipients

Caleb Zigas, La Cocina (Community/Economic Development). Local food incubator that assists low-income and socio-economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs, with a focus on immigrant women, who operate informal food related businesses but who lack sufficient capital, market access, and business experience to expand these endeavors into viable micro-enterprises.

Chris Borg, SF Community Music Center (Arts & Culture). Making music accessible to all people, regardless of their financial status.

Kevin Winge, Project Open Hand (Human & Social Services). Provides nutritious meals to people confronting an array of critical illnesses, as well as serving seniors.

Laura Stachel, We Care Solar (Healthcare). Helps save lives in childbirth by providing health facilities with highly efficient and easy-to-use solar electric systems for lighting, mobile communication and essential medical devices.

Janet Carter, Coaching Corps (Youth Development & Mentoring). Uses the power of volunteer service and sports to improve the health, educational, and social outcomes for children living in low-income neighborhoods.

2012 Scholarship Recipients

Jay Xu, Executive Director of The Asian Art Museum.  One of the largest museums in the western world devoted exclusively to Asian art and culture – holds one of the most comprehensive collections of Asian art in the world.

Michael Marriner, Co-Founder and Director of Roadtrip Nation.  A program that empowers students to map their interests to future pathways in life.  Students explore their communities and speak with local leaders to learn the steps that they took to get to where they are today.  Over 160,000 students served in the last 2 years.

Gloria Sandoval, Executive Director of STAND! For Families Free of Violence.  The only provider of comprehensive family violence services in Contra Costa County to end domestic violence and child abuse and build safe and strong families and communities.

Stephanie Bray, Executive Director of San Francisco General Hospital Foundation.  Supports fundraising for San Francisco General and promotes research, education and patient care that serves the most vulnerable in our community.

2011 Scholarship Recipients

James Brandt, The Jewish Federation of the East Bay/The Jewish Community Foundation. The Jewish Federation of the East Bay is dedicated to building a vibrant and inclusive local Jewish community, and the Jewish Community Foundation distributes approximately $5 million in funds for philanthropic purposes.

Joshua Brankman, Executive Director of Outward Bound Bay Area.  The Outward Bound Bay Area Center connects underserved and diverse Bay Area youth to Outward Bound’s transformational programs in character development, critical thinking capability, and interpersonal skills.

Susan Brusa, Executive Director, Rancho Cielo Youth Campus. Rancho Cielo is a 100-acre ranch near Salinas which prevents gang violence by engaging at-risk youth and first-time offenders in educational, recreational and job-training programs.

Sharon Miller, CEO, Renaissance Entrepreneur Center.  The Renaissance Entrepreneur Center is a small-business development organization that provides lower income women and men with small business training, resources and networks to help them achieve economic self-sufficiency through entrepreneurship.

Laura Boudreau, COO, TransForm. TransForm works to create world-class public transportation and walkable communities in the Bay Area and beyond, through diverse coalitions, public policy, and innovative programs.

Sarah Beth Ward, COO, Humane Society Silicon Valley.  Humane Society Silicon Valley, an independent nonprofit animal shelter serving people and pets for more than 80 years, exists to “save and enhance lives”.


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