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Student Coalition for Social Impact (SCSI)

Two students from ten top-tier university social impact institutes were nominated by their respective centers to generate solutions for college affordability during the Winter Innovation Summit. Read the 2019 report below.


Registration Open!

The Summit is a truly unique global gathering of 1000 elected officials, impact investors, policymakers, private foundations, family offices, nonprofits, data scientists, social entrepreneurs, and academics who share a commitment: innovation in the social sector. The 2020 Summit will be held Feb 5-7th on campus at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.


Opportunity Alabama

As part of the Forbes OZ 20, we are hosting guest contributors to demonstrate how OZ legislation is being used to incentivize communities and funds to focus on equitable revitalization. Read our first blog from guest contributor, Alex Flachsbart, Founder and CEO of nonprofit Opportunity Alabama!

2019 Student Coalition for Social Impact

Learn about how the student delegates will engage with leading policymakers, funders, nonprofits, and social entrepreneurs at the Winter Innovation Summit!

You Don't Need Another Conference

You need a platform to be heard, provoked, and connected. The 2019 Winter Innovation Summit is that platform.  

Solutions For A New Housing Crisis

Housing costs have skyrocketed and nearly a third of those fortunate enough to own a home are spending over 30% of their income on their mortgage. Luckily, innovations in housing could help.

Investing's Final Frontier: Impact Measurement

Investors increasingly are demanding a more rigorous evaluation of companies’ social impact. And this growing pressure for “impact measurement” is not unique to social enterprises. It’s also being felt by nonprofits, foundations, and even governments.  

Millennials & Impact Investing: A Striking Pair For a Broadening Sector

Impact investing is catching fire. Here’s everything you need to know.

Fall Newsletter

Announcing the Ivory Prize for housing affordability in partnership with Ivory Innovations and the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, the University Venture Fund - Impact Investing (UVF II) closes its first investment, important 2019 Winter Innovation Summit announcement, new Forbes content, and much more!

Improving Lives One Data Point At A Time

Arming social impact decision makers with evidence has never been so important. Still, some organizations are afraid of what they might find. The nonprofit Per Scholas has dived into data, and the results have increased its effectiveness at improving people's lives.

From Refugee To Venture Capitalist To Social Impact Pioneer

“If you can redirect capital flows to improve people’s lives, you begin to resolve problems that the government alone can’t resolve.” — Sir Ronald Cohen. Learn about Cohen's inspiring story in the latest edition of #TheImpactRevolution with Forbes.


Special Announcement

The Sorenson Impact Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Hewson Baltzell as the new CEO of the Sorenson Impact Center at the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business. Mr. Baltzell’s appointment comes at a pivotal time for the Center. Mr. Baltzell was appointed by the Eccles School Dean, Taylor Randall, after an extensive national search and is relocating from New York City.

Updates from the social impact sector!

The Sorenson Impact Center continues its The Impact Revolution series with Forbes with its sencond release – The Social Impact Revolution is Revolution; Your latest Opportunity Zones update; The 2019 Winter Innovation Summit is underway; we gear up for a PFS competition; we learn about earAccess, their impact, and how our Impact Fellows were involved; we shine the professional spotlight on Kaitie Jowers and the student spotlight on Gabe Moreno and much more!

The Social Impact Revolution Is Here

There is a quiet revolution afoot. It may not be as loud as the technology revolution—but some experts predict it will be just as transformative. Its reverberations are being felt across executive boardrooms, foundation offices, statehouses, and start-ups. And it’s fundamentally shifting the way investments are made, policies are penned, funds are endowed, and careers are chosen. This movement, which has been dubbed the Impact Revolution, advances a vision of doing well while doing measurable good.


The Promise of Opportunity Zones

“A new tool for disrupting the cycle of poverty in America, the Opportunity Zone legislation, creates a framework for investing in distressed communities across the country."


An Entrepreneur Lifts Liberian Women And Children Out Of Poverty

“Some people employ women to manufacture apparel. We manufacture apparel to employ women” – @chidegar, the co-founder and CEO of Liberty & Justice, the first fair trade apparel manufacturing company in Africa, on his vision for addressing social issues in Liberia through his clothing line, @uniformplusone.

Learn about the inspiring tale of entrepreneurship and #TheImpactRevolution!


University Venture Fund — Impact Investing: Student venture fund completes first-round close at $8.2M

We are excited to announce the successful first-round close of University Venture Fund — Impact Investing (UVF II), an $8.2 million fund that follows on the heels of the original University Venture Fund (UVF).


Congratulations to our 2018 Graduates

Congrats, class of 2018! This year, we had 11 Impact Fellows graduate with a total of 14 degrees! (one PhD, five Masters degrees, and eight Bachelor’s degrees) We shine the spotlight on Sherry Roy, who was presented with the Outstanding Business Graduate Award! Image courtesy of the University of Utah.