Kicking off each academic year, the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise, in partnership with student clubs across the campus, hosts Columbia University's annual Social Enterprise Conference, Capital for Good in efforts to bring together industry leaders, professionals, academics, students, & alumni to share best practices & engender new ideas surrounding the intersection of business & society.
The business & investor community once questioned whether it could afford to prioritize social impact. The consensus is now clear-how can businesses afford not to? The Millennial & Gen Z generations are driving trends in impact investing, using their purchasing power to demand change, & seeking employers that are socially conscious. As a result, funders & the organizations they invest in are directing their attention not only to the bottom line, but also to how business & financing models can be aligned to positively contribute to society.
This headline event, located in the finance capital of the world, provides a unique opportunity to tap into the vibrant ecosystem of capital for impact through the lens of philanthropy, impact investing, ESG, & social venture & business examples. Social impact leaders in business, government, nonprofit, & philanthropy will speak to how they are changing the way we think about how capital is sourced & used to generate sustainable solutions to global, systemic challenges. Hear where opportunities exist to pursue future careers of impact on both the financing & implementation sides of social impact capital.
This conference was founded by Columbia Business School's Social Enterprise Club members in 2002, & has grown to engage students across Columbia University, as the pre-eminent forum to explore & address the ever-changing topics of social justice & innovation from the lens of business solutions.