Announcing the Winners of the 2019 Social Impact Scholarship Awards
Thank you to all who voted for which Northern California nonprofit leaders will obtain our HBSANC Social Impact Scholarship Awards this year! Congratulations goes out to the following four extraordinary leaders, who will go to HBS this summer.
About the Social Impact Scholarship
The Harvard Business School Association of Northern California (HBSANC) accepts applications in January for our annual Social Impact Scholarship Awards for outstanding Bay Area nonprofit leaders. The scholarships enable the CEO or Executive Director of a locally based nonprofit to attend Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management (SPNM) at Harvard Business School. After attending this energizing session, the recipients may obtain pro bono consulting and advisory support from Bay Area alumni through the HBSANC Community Partners program.
Scholarship recipients will receive:
- Broad-scale exposure, building awareness and reach to thousands of Bay Area HBS alumni through our voting platform where alumni select the final award recipients.
- Acceptance to attend the SPNM program for a week during the summer, under full scholarship. (Includes payment of the program’s tuition, books, case materials, accommodations and most meals. Travel expenses to HBS are also covered with a stipend up to $700.) This is an intensive week of interactive learning on-site at the HBS campus residential executive facilities. For a full program description, visit the HBS Executive Education website.
- A pro bono consulting or brainstorming session with Bay Area HBS alumni through HBSANC Community Partners following program attendance.
- Recognition in HBSANC Community Partners marketing communications and invitations to engagements at HBS alumni events.
- Have at least one year of experience working as Executive Director/CEO at the 501c3 represented.
- Lead a 501c3 that has >$1 million annual operating budget and 5+ full-time employees.
- This program is not open to applications from management support organizations or consulting firms.
Applicants will be assessed based on how the scholarship would benefit:
- The leader’s growth potential
- The nonprofit organization
- The community
Scholarship candidates must submit a complete application packet by the February deadline to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not submit the application directly to HBS. A complete application packet must include the following 3 items:
- Completed HBS SPNM Application
- Nomination letter from an HBS alum
- Letter of recommendation from organization’s Board Chair
HBS Alumni will vote for the nonprofit leaders they wish to support with this award in March, and the winners will be notified in April.
Those who do not receive a HBSANC Social Impact Scholarship can still submit the same SPNM application directly to HBS to attend SPNM without a scholarship.
Questions? Contact Amy Peterson, Program Manager, HBSANC Community Partners at email@example.com.
2018 Scholarship Recipients
2017 Scholarship Recipients
Renee Espinoza, San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocates (Social Services). San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocate Program serves as a voice for some of the most vulnerable children in San Francisco.
Kristie Fairchild, North Beach Citizens (Social Services). A resource center that homeless and low-income residents could use as a base and a starting point to rebuild their lives and reconnect with their community.
Abigail Karlin-Resnick, Health Connected (Education). Helps young people feel confident and supported to make informed decisions about their own sexual health.
Lisa Kaufman, Educare California at Silicon Valley (Education). Innovative early learning center that narrows the opportunity gap for low-income children ages 0-5 and their families and caregivers.
2016 Scholarship Recipients
Simone Marean, Girls Leadership (Education). Teaches girls the skills to know who they are, what they believe, and how to express it, empowering them to create change in their world.
Ashley McCumber, Meals on Wheels of San Francisco (Social Services). Provides seniors what they need to live independent and dignified lives–nutritious meals, professional social work, and friendly human contact.
Glenn Motola, The Arc San Francisco (Social Services). Provides support and opportunities in San Francisco for adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Jennifer Scarlett, San Francisco SPCA (Animal Welfare). Saves and protects animals, provides care and treatment, advocates for their welfare and enhances the human-animal bond.
2015 Scholarship Recipients
Alison Brunner, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley (Legal Services). The Law Foundation advances the rights of under-represented individuals and families through legal services, strategic advocacy, and educational outreach, serving over 8,000 low-income Silicon Valley residents every year.
Dennis Bartels, Exploratorium (Arts and Culture). The Exploratorium inspires children and adults to think critically and inquisitively about the world, through combining art and science to deliver active, personal explorations of the natural and technological worlds.
Tess Reynolds, New Door Ventures (Social Services). New Door Ventures prepares disconnected 17-24 year old youth for work and life through paid jobs, intensive case management, skill-building workshops and educational supports.
Vineet Singal, CareMessage (Healthcare). CareMessage is a health technology company that empowers healthcare organizations with mobile techniques to improve health literacy and self-health management.
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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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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