Overview

Business for Social Impact: The Sprott School of Business Dean’s Fund is an opportunity for donors to partner with us in supporting student projects with strong social innovation and community impact. Philanthropic gifts to the fund will be pooled together and the dean will oversee the distribution of the monies to a wide range of projects. Whether delivering free tax services to Ottawa’s financially stressed communities or helping launch cooperative businesses in Africa, funded projects will share a common commitment to the role, indeed the requirement, of business as an agent of change for the common good.

The Background

Business for Social Impact: The Sprott School of Business Dean’s Fund

“Universities have a vital role to play in addressing the big societal challenges that we face in the world today. Addressing these challenges requires new ideas and the ability to bring together technical, cultural and social insights to problem-solving. This is what universities do well, and business schools have an important role to play within universities to accelerate their role as agents of social change. We bring insights into how to turn ideas into sustainable ventures, how to lead and manage change, and ways of connecting to the world.”
 – Dana Brown, Dean, Sprott School of Business

The Rollout

Your gifts to the Dean’s Fund will directly support a wide range of student projects that have social impact in our community and illustrate our commitment to business as an agent of change for the common good.

Examples of current and growing projects the fund can support:

  • Students currently working with local Indigenous women’s centres to use e-commerce to promote and sell art.
  • Sprott Students for Social Impact Student Club, which identifies local and global projects where they can provide volunteer, revenue generation and business development expertise toward a public good. For example, students are currently engaged in with partners in Uganda to help girls in that country get greater access to school.
  • Free tax clinics for Carleton students by Sprott students and the expansion of tax and financial literacy programming to serve community groups in need (i.e. homeless population, recent immigrants and refugees, individuals struggling with sudden loss of income, young people including high school students creating their first budgets).

The Impact

The Dean’s fund provides support for students to participate in learning experiences beyond the classroom, contributing to personal and professional development through community engagement and social innovation projects. Launched in 2012 by former Dean of Business, Dr. Jerry Tomberlin, the Sprott Dean’s fund has funded student participation in study-related travel to places like Tanzania and Canada’s North. The Dean’s Fund directly supports a wide range of student projects that have social impact in our community. Students are supported in learning by doing good in the community. Through these valuable experiences, Sprott students develop leadership skills and confidence, greatly enhancing their competitive advantage in the workforce. Whether delivering free tax services to Ottawa’s financially stressed communities or helping launch cooperative businesses in Africa, funded projects will share a common commitment to the role, indeed the requirement, of business as an agent of change for the common good.

Dean Dana Brown will keep donors updated on the impact of their generosity.

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