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Scholarships to HBS for Nonprofits

Nominate an ED or Nonprofit CEO for a Scholarships to HBS Nonprofit Executive Education -- Applications available now and due February 18, 2013!

Each year, HBS Community Partners selects local nonprofit leaders to receive scholarships, sponsored by HBSA/NC, to attend a weeklong executive education program at Harvard Business School.   Contact HBS Community Partners Executive Director, Nancy Huang at nancy@hbscp.org, for a scholarship application or for more information. 

About the program:  Strategic Perspective in Nonprofit Management (SPNM) will take place July 14-20, 2013.  This is an intensive week of interactive learning onsite at the HBS campus residential executive facilities, during which participants examine their missions and develop new strategies for the new global economy. Taught by a team of faculty members from HBS and other graduate schools within Harvard University, the program features management cases and materials drawn from a wide variety of social enterprises. Post-program evaluations have been overwhelmingly positive, and follow-up discussions indicate that participants are actively applying concepts and skills from the programs.  Participants have the opportunity to connect with a wide 140 nonprofit leaders from a broad range of sectors and geographies.  

This program is designed for nonprofit Executive Directors who are responsible for driving the organization's direction, mission, policies, and major programs. For a full program description, visit HBS Executive Education website (www.exed.hbs.edu/programs/spnm/)  

Eligibility:  Executive Directors of Bay Area 501(c)(3) organizations with at least $1 million in annual operating revenue and who have been in their current position for at least one year are eligible to apply for these scholarships.  This program is not open to applications from management support organizations or consulting firms.  

Applications:  Candidates interested in applying for these scholarships should submit their applications directly to Community Partners (using the Community Partners application -- contact Nancy Huang, nancy@hbscp.org). Please do not submit your application directly to HBS.  HBS also requires all applicants to have the support of their Board of Directors to attend this program.  Community Partners requires a letter of endorsement from the board chair to accompany the application. All materials are due by February 18, 2013.

2012 Scholarship Recipients

Jay Xu, Executive Director of The Asian Art Museum.  One of the largest museums in the western world devoted exclusively to Asian art and culture – holds one of the most comprehensive collections of Asian art in the world.  

Michael Marriner, Co-Founder and Director of Roadtrip Nation.  A program that empowers students to map their interests to future pathways in life.  Students explore their communities and speak with local leaders to learn the steps that they took to get to where they are today.  Over 160,000 students served in the last 2 years.

Gloria Sandoval, Executive Director of STAND! For Families Free of Violence.  The only provider of comprehensive family violence services in Contra Costa County to end domestic violence and child abuse and build safe and strong families and communities.

Stephanie Bray, Executive Director of San Francisco General Hospital Foundation.  Supports fundraising for San Francisco General and promotes research, education and patient care that serves the most vulnerable in our community.

2011 Scholarship Recipients 

James Brandt, The Jewish Federation of the East Bay/The Jewish Community Foundation. The Jewish Federation of the East Bay is dedicated to building a vibrant and inclusive local Jewish community, and the Jewish Community Foundation distributes approximately $5 million in funds for philanthropic purposes.


Joshua Brankman, Executive Director of Outward Bound Bay Area.  The Outward Bound Bay Area Center connects underserved and diverse Bay Area youth to Outward Bound's transformational programs in character development, critical thinking capability, and interpersonal skills. 

Susan Brusa, Executive Director, Rancho Cielo Youth Campus. Rancho Cielo is a 100-acre ranch near Salinas which prevents gang violence by engaging at-risk youth and first-time offenders in educational, recreational and job-training programs.

Sharon Miller, CEO, Renaissance Entrepreneur Center.  The Renaissance Entrepreneur Center is a small-business development organization that provides lower income women and men with small business training, resources and networks to help them achieve economic self-sufficiency through entrepreneurship.

Laura Boudreau, COO, TransForm. TransForm works to create world-class public transportation and walkable communities in the Bay Area and beyond, through diverse coalitions, public policy, and innovative programs.

Sarah Beth Ward, COO, Humane Society Silicon Valley.  Humane Society Silicon Valley, an independent nonprofit animal shelter serving people and pets for more than 80 years, exists to "save and enhance lives".

For a complete list of all past Scholarship Recipient, please click here. 



Our Impact...
  • Over 700 alumni have volunteered for probono engagements since 1986.
  • Over 130 alumni have participated in brainstorming projects in the past 2 years. 
  • We have served over 400 clients in the past 27 years.
  • We provide $1.8 million of probono consulting services annually. 
  • We received the President's Council Award on Service and Civic Participation in 2008.
  • We organized the first Nonprofit Board Summit for HBS and Stanford GSB Alumni, partnered with HBS Social Enteprise Initiative, Stanford Alumni Consulting Team, Stanford GSB Center for Social Innovation, Draper Richards Kapland Foundation and LinkedIn with over 300 people in attendance.
  • We are the longest running Community Partners project (other programs exist in NYC, Boston, CT, Portland, Los Angeles and London).
  • We have enabled our alumni to get involved and to make meaningful contributions in their community in a variety of ways --  through short-term (brainstorming sessions), medium-term (consulting projects), and long-term (board member) commitments. 
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