Social impact network

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Social impact network

Social impact is no longer only the concern or focus of NGOs. Big consulting firms like McKinsey and BCG integrate social impact in both their employees’ work and the collaborations they have with larger communities. At Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, we encourage students to pursue professional opportunities that positively impact society. Such opportunities are varied and can be found in numerous fields including the nonprofit sector, government, corporate social responsibility, and social entrepreneurship. Students often consider the Social Impact Network in conjunction with one of the other six networks: Technology and Innovation, Finance, Consulting, Marketing, Real Estate, and Health Care.


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Professional networks

  • Net Impact
    Net Impact is a community of more than 60,000 student and professional leaders creating positive social and environmental change in the workplace and the world. The Carey Net Impact Chapter engages business students who are committed to using their skills to make positive change in the Baltimore/DC region and beyond.
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  • Young Nonprofit Professionals Network
    YNPNdc is an independent, volunteer-led organization, affiliated with the National Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, which includes chapters in more than 40 cities.
  • MBAs without Borders
    MBAs without Borders embeds MBAs with business acumen and professional skills in local non-governmental organizations, social enterprises and bi- and multilateral development programs.
  • B Local: Mid-Atlantic
    B Local: Mid-Atlantic Region is a group of Certified B Corps from DC, Md., Va. and beyond working to foster and deepen connections among organizations in their region who share their purpose and passion for using business as a force for good.

Conferences

  • 3BL Forum is an annual event bringing a diverse group of business, policy, and NGO leaders together to share insights, advance best practices, and lead workshops to find forward-thinking solutions to the most pressing sustainability challenges of our time. 
  • Engage for Good provides business and nonprofit professionals working at the intersection of cause and commerce with the practical information and connections they need to succeed.
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Corporate Citizenship Conference  
  • Business for Social Responsibility. From its offices in Asia, Europe, and North America, BSR™ develops sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration.
  • Charities@Work. The annual Charities@Work Employee Engagement Summit convenes for corporate professionals working at the front lines of business-nonprofit relations—whether through giving, employee engagement, or relationship building.
  • Unite for Sight supports eye clinics worldwide by investing human and financial resources in social ventures to eliminate patient barriers to eye care.
  • Net Impact Conference brings leaders together for a dynamic exchange of ideas about how to tackle our toughest social and environmental problems.
  • Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship is the premier international platform for advancing entrepreneurial solutions.
  • Yale Impact Investing Conference brings together investors, academics, and philanthropists to discuss metrics for impact and the newest ideas to generate market-level returns through impact investments.
  • Social Enterprise Conference educates participants about Social Enterprise’s potential in solving the world’s most pressing problems and to inspire meaningful discussion around the key challenges within the field.
  • Social Capital Markets convenes over 3,000 impact investors, world-class entrepreneurs, and innovative cross-sector practitioners dedicated to increasing the flow of capital toward social good.
  • Circularity 19 is the largest circular economy event in North America. Through inspirational plenaries, interactive breakouts, networking opportunities and a solutions-focused showcase, Circularity 19 informs and empowers participants to turn circular economy concepts into profitable opportunities.
  • Peter DeSimone Student Scholarship Program offers a unique opportunity to network with leaders of the sustainable investing community and to learn about new approaches, trends and policy developments in sustainable and impact investing.

Blogs

Social incubators

  • The Social Innovation Lab at Johns Hopkins University supports innovative nonprofits, mission-driven companies and disruptive technologies that aim to create change and opportunity in Baltimore and beyond.
  • Halcyon House, a residence for social entrepreneurs in Georgetown, seeks and celebrates creativity in all forms and galvanizes creative individuals aspiring to promote social good.
  • Be Green Hub is Bethesda Green’s incubator program started in 2009 as the first sustainability-focused incubator in the Washington, D.C. region.

Annual programs and opportunities

  • Presidential Management Fellows program is administered by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Finalists are eligible for appointment as Presidential Management Fellows.
  • Baltimore Corps Fellowship program builds equitable talent pipelines into Baltimore's leadership, particularly throughout the social sector. Carey Business School has a unique partnership with Baltimore Corps, offering students the opportunity to participate in Carey Business School Humanity Fellowship Program.

Impact investing

  • Goldman Sachs Social Impact Bond is a leading investor in the social impact bond, an innovative financing tool that leverages private investment to support high-impact social programs.
  • ABN AMRO’s Social Impact Funds/Bonds is a promising tool that puts private funds to work to help solve social problems. It represents a business boost for social projects and gives investors an opportunity to support social projects and turn a profit all at the same time. Social Impact Bonds are proof that sustainable enterprise can also be financially rewarding

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