The Social Impact Collective: Using Philanthropy and Community to Deepen Social Impact

SIC-coverWe are excited to introduce The Social Impact Collective – a new opportunity for individuals and families who have the commitment and financial means to make transformative, lasting change in their communities and the world. The Social Impact Collective ( is anchored by a hybrid educational experience that begins with an in-person weekend (the Discovery Weekend) together at the inspiring Miramar Farms in Half Moon Bay, California, in March 2016. At the conclusion of the Discovery Weekend, members will have access to a custom-built, 6-week online course that helps them complete a social impact plan that will deepen the commitment and impact of their philanthropy. Members will have the opportunity to use this platform to form groups and giving circles, share information, and access tools that shape philanthropic decision. The group will reconvene at the conclusion of the online learning segment to share their impact plans and celebrate the philanthropic commitments they make.

Ben Mangan, Executive Director of CSSL and co-faculty director of the Collective, explains the genesis of the Program: “The launch of the Collective is a natural extension of Berkely-Haas’ global leadership on social impact. We have so much insight to share, and such a powerful network to leverage to position others to foster lasting change. In many ways, the Social Impact Collective reflects Berkeley’s mandate to serve the public good as a public institution.” The Collective brings this vision to life by leveraging the world-class educational assets of UC Berkeley and other leading institutions and organizations to guide members in their social impact journeys. Continue reading


Setting the Stage for Impact through Berkeley Board Fellows

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Berkeley Board Fellows kicked off the 2015 program by convening students, nonprofit partners, coaches, and faculty at Berkeley’s International House. In its 12th year, the program continues to provide resources, education, training, and support for Cal graduate students looking to include board service in their lives. Current nonprofit board members are also supported through training and other resources.

The participating nonprofits cover a wide array of services and sectors. Here are some statistics on this year’s selected organizations:

  • 30 Nonprofit organizations from 10 bay area cities
  • Combined $118.5 million annual budget
  • 1650 employees (in 3 different countries)
  • 30% of the organizations participated last year
  • Buchanan YMCA is the oldest nonprofit, established in 1855
  • Bay Leaf Kitchen is the youngest nonprofit, established in 2014

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Conflicted Democracies and Gendered Violence: The Right to Heal

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October 27, 2015 (Berkeley, California): Conflicted Democracies and Gendered Violence: The Right to Heal, a research monograph has released at the University of California, Berkeley. This pioneering publication is authored by an interdisciplinary and global collective of experts, and draws on work with women victim-survivors of conflict and mass violence in defining redress.

Gendered and sexualized violence in internal conflict and social upheaval repeatedly mark the reality of several countries that otherwise function as political democracies. Applying the novel conception of the “right to heal,” this publication focuses on the world’s most populous democracy: India. 

The publication carries a statement from Navanethem Pillay, ​United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 2008-2014, and a foreword by Veena Das, ​Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology, ​Johns Hopkins University.​ The 432-page monograph is edited by Angana P. Chatterji, Shashi Buluswar, and Mallika Kaur of the Armed Conflict Resolution and People’s Rights Project at UC Berkeley.  The contributors to the monograph are Angana P. Chatterji, Mallika Kaur, Roxanna Altholz, Paola Bacchetta, Rajvinder Singh Bains, Mihir Desai, Laurel E. Fletcher, Parvez Imroz, Jeremy J. Sarkin, and Pei Wu. Continue reading

HSIF: The Next Horizon for Healthcare – Rachel Park

This is the second post in our Haas Social Impact Fund (HSIF) series.

This past summer, Rachel Park (MBA16) embodied one of Haas’ guiding principles, “Students Always”, as a Haas Social Impact Fund Fellow at the Native American Health Center (NAHC), a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). “On Day 1 during orientation, we had a dedicated session on Native American history. I had learned about it in bits and pieces but I didn’t know much about the massive effort to separate Native children from their families by sending them to boarding schools, where they were subject to physical, verbal, and sexual abuse… It was illuminating (and heavy) to consider how these historical trends contribute to intergenerational trauma that influences health outcomes today.”

Rachel’s main project this summer was to develop a sustainability plan for the NAHC’s Community Wellness Department. “What’s unique about NAHC is the emphasis on cultural pride and cultural activities for the Native American population: Community Wellness, as they call it. This broad view of culture as prevention isn’t something I’ve encountered in the private sector, but it definitely seems like a critical part of ensuring good health,” Rachel stated. To help ensure the NAHC’s longevity, she conducted a cost-benefit analysis to help the department understand the costs associated with adding an insurance contract relative to its projected revenues. Continue reading