The past fiscal year was one of enormous change and tremendous progress for the Center and our core programs. Forty-three social enterprises went through our flagship GSBI® programs, an increase of 57% over last year. We served entrepreneurs all over the world and are well on the way to reaching our audacious goal of impacting 1 billion lives by 2020.
We believe that as the world we serve evolves and changes, so too must our programs. With over ten years of service to the global poor, we have researched, experimented, and modified our programs to better serve social enterprises. This year represents our most ambitious adaptation to date with the launching of GSBI Online and GSBI Accelerator – daughters to the Center’s signature GSBI program.
The Global Social Benefit Fellows program launched this year, and is the premier international “action research” experience for SCU undergraduates. We also received a grant from the Argidius Foundation to test an innovative impact investment instrument, the demand dividend.
Our programs work in concert with one another and with our growing network of academic, investing, discovery, and mission-aligned partners to leverage our proven paradigm for helping social enterprises alleviate poverty; broaden the engagement of future leaders with social enterprises; and facilitate appropriate investing for social impact.
Our work is made possible through the vision and contributions of the university, corporations and foundations, and people like you who believe we have the tools, the talent, and the drive to help more social entrepreneurs help more people. Thank you for your continued support of our efforts.