University Impact Funding Lab

Giving early and learning smarter.

The Impact Funding Lab is a 10-part practicum series on social impact and venture philanthropy in China, hosted in partnership with local universities. Through a professional philanthropy curricula delivered by experts, practitioners, and qualified trainers, students gain a toolkit for social impact and investigate local organizations before collectively deciding on a venture to support.

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  • Explore

    Students explore their values and identify intersections in order to lay the foundation for a collaborative impact plan.

  • Investigate

    Students research community needs and determine the level of impact they wish to make.

  • Crowdfund

    Develop skills to leverage resources for social good.

  • Build Capacity

    Develop a toolkit of cross-sector skills for making real impact.

  • Evaluate

    Learn a framework for evaluating the sustainability, impact, relevance of social organizations.

  • Decide

    Collective decide how to support a portfolio of innovative organizations.

Program Elements

  • Understanding Issues

    Deep-dive into social challenges and innovative solutions.

  • Experiential Curriculum

    Hands-on, experiential curriculum pushes students to seek and apply sector knowledge in a real-world venture philanthropy fund.

  • Mastering Skills and Frameworks

    Students learn firsthand from social entrepreneurs and other sector professionals, gaining practical insight into the social sector.

“A fantastic hands-on opportunity to develop skills outside the classroom, think critically about social impact, and make a tangible impact on real world problems."

Yenching Academy Participant '16

“The seminar is a systematic way of thinking about social impact initiatives, their purpose, way of creating change and whether they are successful in producing intended outcomes.”

Yenching Academy Participant '16

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