Giving back to the community is an essential component of the Columbia Business School experience. Each year, our students volunteer thousands of hours to tutor and read to children, coach welfare-to-work recipients on interviewing skills, build business plans for local small business owners, assist in refurbishment projects at schools and parks, and much more.
Community service is a collaborative effort managed in part by OSA, Community Action Rewards Everyone (CARE), the GBA, and many of our student clubs.
Columbia Business School is home to nearly a dozen of our own service activities. Each winter, students, faculty members, and staff host the Holiday Party for Kids, an evening of games, food, music, and arts and crafts for children from shelters and after-school programs in the Morningside Heights area.
MBA students also tutor local children as part of Harlem Tutorial — a partner program with Columbia Law School. The Small Business Consulting Program capitalizes on the skills our MBAs hone in the classroom, partnering students with local businesses to help transform their strategies and operations.
The School also hosts several chapters of regional and national organizations including Junior Achievement and I-Prep, which often require a regular commitment of a few hours per week. Additionally, CARE often acts as a clearinghouse for many low-commitment options for community service, including partnerships with New York Cares and Columbia Community Impact.
CARE is composed of the GBA's vice president of community, each cluster's community service representatives, and representatives of each service organization at the School.