The Haas Social Impact Fund (HSIF) was founded in 2004 by Berkeley Haas MBA students interested in social sector careers. HSIF provides grants to first-year, full-time MBA students who accept summer internships in the social sector. These grants allow students to put their MBA education to use for organizations that are doing important work in communities locally and around the world but cannot offer to pay a typical MBA salary.

In 2017, seven Berkeley Haas MBA students received funding:

  1. Amol Borcar served as one of the consultants for the National Park Service (NPS) performing a reassessment of the park’s annual budget and marketing strategies to help preserve the park’s educational and resource management programs.
  2. Megha Kansra worked with a non-profit network of public elementary charter schools from Rocketship Public Schools on their Strategy and Scalability team to provide quality education to over 7,000 students in underserved communities nationwide.
  3. Matt Hamilton worked with Team Rubicon, a disaster response non-profit located in Los Angeles producing data analytics and survey designs that optimize Team Rubicon’s operational activities.
  4. Tyler Saltiel worked as an intern for PATH — one of the great leaders in global health innovation — as part of their strategy team, consulting operations that helped to facilitate the growth of the organization without creating dependence on one funder or customer.
  5. Lizzie Faust’s internship with the Draper Richard Kaplan Foundation (DRK) — a non-profit organization that aims to bring about sustainable change in healthcare, education, and social justice —enabled her to leverage her consulting background at Haas towards a long-term impact investing.
  6. Om Chitale worked in the Oakland Unified School District on a strategic plan to engage with the Oakland community through a series of workshops meant to empower them.

Read the full article about the philanthropy in MBA programs by ImpactMBA at Medium.