GU Impacts students gather at our recent retreat. Our first Leadership for Social Change Seminar A presenter shows her idea at the Data Jam An image of the Beeck Center's Design Meetup for the upcoming Data Jam. Nicaraguan streets at sunset

Building Public-Private Partnerships to Scale Pay for Success

Be sure to read what Congressman John Delaney has to say about the Pay for Success event that took place on October 1st!

“Having taken two companies public before joining Congress, people often ask me if I find it frustrating that the government doesn’t operate like a business…” You can find the rest of his post on our blog.

GU Impacts Retreat

On Saturday, September 27, we brought all of our GU Impacts participants from the summer of 2014 back to the Beeck Center. We focused on sharing stories and deconstructing the experiences they had while abroad. The event culminated in a presentation on Asset-Based Community Development from our Innovator in Residence, Paul Schmitz

Leadership for Social Change

In this interactive course taught by Paul Schmitz, students will explore how leadership works and has worked through social change history, consider a set of values and practices for effective leadership today, and identify their own leadership purpose and style. Read more about our first meeting, click here.

MBK Data Jam

In August, we had the honor of partnering with the U.S. Department of Education and Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton for the My Brother’s Keeper Data Jam, a day-long event. Mr. Shelton is also the Executive Director of My Brother’s Keeper, the President Obama’s flagship initiative to empower boys and men of color. 

Learn more about the Data Jam in our Letter from the Executive Director!

Design Meetup: Brainstorming the MBK Data Jam

After many meetups for President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, we came together with coders, teachers, researchers, and members of the US Department of Education in hopes of planning a successful Data Jam.

GU Impacts

GU Impacts is a program that provides experiential education in social enterprise, giving Georgetown students the opportunity to work directly on entrepreneurship projects in economically developing countries over the summer.

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Upcoming Events


    UNICEF’s International Development Conference

    The purpose of the conference is to bring students together with field experts for a speaker series and innovation lab workshops to enhance students’ knowledge and interest in various area of international development.

    November 1, 2014 1:00PM-6:00PM

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    Designing Policy for Impact: How the Public Sector Can Pay for Results

    Join U.S. and international cross-sector leaders for an interactive day-long convening to identify and advance impact-oriented policy solutions for the public sector.

    November 12, 2014 9:00AM-3:00PM

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The Culture of Collective Impact

I came to believe in collective impact from a cognitive dissonance I increasingly experienced during two decades of work in the nonprofit sector. It culminated in April, 2010, when I awoke to a headline that my hometown Milwaukee had the worst 4th grade reading scores for African American children in America. That same day I received a newsletter from a well-regarded youth organization boasting about the outcomes it was achieving for the children they served. I could not reconcile why we had great programs achieving outcomes, and yet the city-wide numbers did not seem to ever change.

Huffington Post; October 22, 2014

New Center Strives to Impact

Eight months after its launch, the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation has taken steps to entrench itself in the Washington, D.C., community and to increase its interactions with the student community at Georgetown.

The Hoya; October 4, 2014

My Brother’s Keeper: How Can Data Empower Young Men of Color?

Jim Shelton, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education, sees an event like the Data Jam as a unique way to tackle the concerns of My Brother’s Keeper. “As a country, we need to figure out how we can lean in to the opportunities and challenges for boys of color, so we can shape the narrative and help them understand that their country is willing to invest in them,” Shelton explained. “What’s so exciting about a Data Jam is that it’s a form of community collective action--people from all walks of life mobilizing as a community to try to come up with solutions.”

EdSurge; August 27, 2014

Georgetown, Education Dept. Partner for My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

Department of Education brought together members of the university, broader Washington, D.C., and higher education communities to evaluate data that could help determine solutions for the White House’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative on Aug. 2.

Georgetown University; August 5, 2014

Sonal Shah, Executive Director, Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation

We define impact investing as those organizations or enterprises — both for profit and not-for-profit — and investors — private, institutional, or philanthropic — that intentionally seek a quantifiable social and financial return on their investments. It is important to emphasize that we need impact investing, grants, and government support to have impact.

Philanthropy News Digest; April 28, 2014

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