Horace W. Goldsmith Fellowship

Richard Menschel, MBA

Through the Horace W. Goldsmith Fellowship, awards of approximately $10,000 are given to 7-10 first-year MBA students who have exhibited leadership and an extraordinary commitment to working in the not-for-profit sector. This fellowship is given in addition to any need-based fellowship awards and is available in only the first year.

This fellowship was created in 1988 by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and Richard L. Menschel, MBA 1959, to encourage students from the not-for-profit sector to pursue an MBA at HBS. Mr. Menschel, a former director of the foundation and limited partner at Goldman Sachs, was an early supporter of the HBS Social Enterprise Initiative and served on the Advisory Board. Recipients are invited to participate in events with current and former recipients, as well as local non-profit leaders in an effort to create a network of individuals committed to working in the sector. More than 100 students have received this award since its inception.

Recipients of this award have served in full-time leadership roles in the not-for-profit sector prior to enrolling at HBS and demonstrate a strong commitment to a career in the sector.

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Student CLubs & Activities

The club inspires, supports, and connects members who seek to create positive social impact.

An annual two-day conference held jointly with students from HBS and Harvard Kennedy School that provides a forum for exploring the synergies between all sectors to address critical social issues worldwide.

This club has a two-fold mission: provide Harvard MBAs with valuable community leadership development through working with nonprofit boards; and provide MBA talent to advance critical projects for nonprofit organizations.

The club aims to develop the next generation of leaders in the energy and environment (E&E) sectors by providing a forum for education on E&E related issues, and by serving as a facilitator for communication between the HBS community and the E&E sectors.

This club provides a forum for students to explore the intersection of and relationship between business, government, and politics domestically and internationally. The club offers speaker events and discussions on various policy topics of interest, as well as a connection point to events and resources across Harvard University.

A foundation run exclusively by HBS students, it manages an endowment of over $1 million, and each year it makes grant awards totaling $50 thousand to organizations promoting education, literacy, and journalism in the Boston area.

The club exists to inspire, organize, and facilitate community volunteer programs for members of the HBS community. The club works with partners at local organizations to create opportunities for HBS students to engage with the Cambridge and Greater Boston communities to advance important social issues like education, health care, housing, and professional development.

The club helps students identify unique opportunities, build strong networks, and develop an understanding of important healthcare trends. It offers an annual conference, company treks, and intimate round-table discussions with industry leaders.

Impact Connector

A forum for students who want to get their hands dirty investing in social enterprises. It is a group of both first-year and second-year students working to identify exciting impact investments, pitch to leading social investors, and structure a social venture fund to be led by HBS students.


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