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The center trains the next generation of leaders interested in the sourcing and using capital, in its many forms, to solve social and environmental challenges. From innovative courses, fellowships, industry leading conferences, podcasts, real-world learning opportunities, and student-led initiatives, students are able to leverage our local and international connections to explore the intersection of finance and social enterprise.
Capital for Good Podcast
Presented by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, and hosted by Georgia Levenson Keohane, seasoned executive, award winning author, and an adjunct professor of social enterprise at Columbia Business School, Capital for Good provides a chance to hear from corporate and civic leaders about their visions, plans, commitments, and on the ground efforts to build a more just, inclusive, and sustainable society. Each episode features in depth and candid conversations with leaders across the private, nonprofit, and public sectors on unpacking solutions to some of our most urgent challenges.
Cheryl Dorsey is a trailblazer in the social entrepreneurship movement, and the president of Echoing Green, a global nonprofit that supports emerging social entrepreneurs and invests deeply in their ideas and leadership.
Judy Samuelson — founder and executive director of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program and author of The Six New Rules of Business: Creating Real Value in a Changing World — discusses how and why the rules of business are changing for the better.
Wes Moore — bestselling author, combat veteran, social entrepreneur, and chief executive officer of the Robin Hood Foundation — is one of the country’s leading voices on issues of economic opportunity and social and racial equity.
Dan Doctoroff, chairman and CEO of Sidewalk Labs, explores “crisis as catalyst,” how New York’s leaders re-imagined and rebuilt the city in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks with strong management and execution, resourceful innovation, and a belief that “the impossible is possible” — all essential elements for recovery today.
Sally Susman, executive vice president and chief corporate affairs officer at Pfizer, talks about leadership, innovation, breakthroughs, and partnerships in these extraordinary times.
Lisa Mensah, president and CEO of Opportunity Finance Network, discusses economic and community development finance institutions (CDFIs), finance justice, and ways the Biden-Harris Administration can support CDFIs to "finance hope" and help struggling communities build back stronger.
We speak with Sir Ronald Cohen, investor, entrepreneur, philanthropist, statesman, author, and a leader of the impact investing revolution on reshaping capitalism to drive real change.
Welcome to the Capital for Good Podcast
Can business be a force for good? What is the role of capital markets and philanthropy along the pathways to inclusive growth? How can public private partnerships help bring all of our resources and ingenuity to bear?
Columbia Business School students interested in the capital for good spectrum have a range of course to select from that cover ESG to philanthropy.
Case studies on capital for good can be found here.
B8468 ESG Equity Investing
B8423 Investor Influence on Corporate Sustainability
B8458 Seminar In Wealth Management: Investing For Family Offices, Endowments And Foundations
B8448 The Business Of Climate Change: Investing And Managing In A Changing Environment
B8349 Finance and Sustainability
B8363 Climate Finance
B8355 Impact Investing Seminar
B8362 Project Finance
B7360 Impacting Investing (EMBA)
B8428 Social Impact Real Estate
B8767 Investing in Social Ventures
B7557 Social Entrepreneurship for the 21st Century (EMBA)
B8543 Effective Philanthropy in Urban Communities
B8573 Global Philanthropy
For more information about course listings, click here.
Affiliated with the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School, the Microlumbia Impact Fund is the student-run impact investment fund that supports financial inclusion in underserved communities around the world, while educating and inspiring the next generation of impact investors.
Founded in 2007, Microlumbia provides debt investments and pro bono advisory services to social enterprises and institutions focused on financial inclusion; offers due diligence assistance to impact investment funds and their portfolio companies; and hosts educational and networking events for their student members and broader Columbia University community.
Neuberger Berman ESG Pitch Competition
The Neuberger Berman ESG Investing Challenge (2020, 2019), in conjunction with Columbia Business School, seeks to empower MBA students to incorporate sustainability within robust investment processes. Participants identify investments with the potential to meet a dual objective: positive impact and financial performance.
Pangea Advisors is Columbia Business School’s pro bono, international consulting organization, which aim to improve lives in the developing world by helping nonprofit and for-profit social enterprises address challenges.
Each semester, teams of students work with clients spanning countries and industries, including on impact investing and philanthropic strategies and initiatives. The team, supported by a faculty or professional mentor, completes a consulting assignment, advising clients on innovative and impactful practices.
Nonprofit Board Leadership Program
The Nonprofit Board Leadership Program at Columbia Business School cultivates the next generation of nonprofit board leaders while providing a valuable service to alumni and the nonprofit organizations on whose boards they serve. The program was created in response to the high level of student interest in nonprofit board service and nonprofit organizations’ growing need for board members with business training and experience. Projects that students work on include topics related to philanthropic capital and initiatives to maximize the size and impact of these financial resources.
Read more about projects here.
Tamer Fund for Social Ventures
The Tamer Fund for Social Ventures provides seed grants of up to $25,000 to nonprofit, for-profit, and hybrid early-stage social and environmental ventures.
Columbia students work on due diligence projects to assess the social or environmental venture applicants who are working to solve a social or environmental problem. In general, social and environmental for-profit ventures produce products and/or services that either focus on addressing the needs of low-income communities or customers with an explicit purpose of increasing the welfare of these groups, alleviate a market failure and create significant public goods or benefits that are not wholly captured in the price charged by the business, or have attracted funding for the business by investors or grant makers who are seeking measurable social or environmental impacts.
Three Cairns Fellowships
The Three Cairns Climate Fellowship at Columbia Business School provides support to MBA and EMBA students who complete semester- or year-long projects at the intersection of climate change and business. Students may apply individually or in teams for projects that work with Columbia research faculty, or any type of organization, or business including venture capital, private equity, impact investing, or philanthropic fund, in the U.S. or abroad that is addressing sustainability and climate change issues. Projects should focus on using markets and business knowledge, skills, and tools to identify and implement solutions to mitigate, adapt to, or reverse climate change and its impacts. The Three Cairns Climate Fellowship was endowed by Lise Strickler ’86 and Mark Gallogly ’86. Their recently established family office, Three Cairns Group, has a core commitment to making investments in decarbonizing the world economy.
Read more about projects here.
Morgan Stanley Sustainable Investing Fellowship
The Sustainable Investing Fellowship is co-managed by the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise and the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing and offers a select group of Columbia students the opportunity to design and implement efforts that seek to drive capital toward investments that promote sustainable economic growth.
Social Enterprise Summer Fellowships
The center supports the Social Enterprise Summer Fellowship Program, a unique and exciting opportunity for students to apply what they’re learning in the classroom with an organization making social change in the world.
This fellowship provides financial support to MBA students engaged in summer internships that create social and environmental value, including social impact capital funds, and Columbia and Barnard undergraduate and graduate students working at early-stage social ventures (in operations for seven years or less).
Read more about internships here.
"Social Enterprises Conference, Capital for Good"
Kicking off each academic year, the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, in partnership with student clubs across the campus, hosts Columbia University’s annual social enterprise conference, "Capital for Good", bringing together industry leaders, professionals, academics, students, and alumni to share best practices and engender new ideas surrounding the intersection of business and society.
The business and investor community once questioned whether it could afford to prioritize social impact. The consensus is now clear—how can businesses afford not to? The Millennial and Gen Z generations are driving trends in impact investing, using their purchasing power to demand change, and seeking employers that are socially conscious. As a result, funders and the organizations they invest in are directing their attention not only to the bottom line, but also to how business and financing models can be aligned to positively contribute to society.
This headline event, located in the finance capital of the world, provides a unique opportunity to tap into the vibrant ecosystem of capital for impact through the lens of philanthropy, impact investing, ESG, and social ventures.
Social impact leaders in business, government, nonprofit, and philanthropy speak to how they are changing the way we think about how capital is sourced and used to generate sustainable solutions to global, systemic challenges. Hear where opportunities exist to pursue future careers of impact on both the financing and implementation sides of social impact capital.
Climate Science & Investment Conference (2019, 2018, 2017)