Harbus Foundation

Harvard Business School



Case Study Sector


Describes the challenges faced by a group of Harvard Business School students as they create a foundation. Given surplus funds generated by the student-run newspaper, Harbus leadership decides to find a meaningful use for the excess cash. Profiles both the entrepreneurial process used to establish the foundation and the challenges involved in deciding to whom to award grants. The group of protagonists face several decisions: 1) a controversial funding decision, 2) review and assessment of the foundation's strategy and process for grant solicitation and evaluation, and 3) the role of a student investment club in managing the foundation's portfolio.

Learning objective: To analyze the elements that enabled students to create a social enterprise, understand decisions in designing a social capital-supplying organization, and examine process and challenges of grant making.



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