The Haas Social Impact Fund

The Haas Social Impact Fund (formerly Haas for Students) was founded in 2004 by Haas students interested in social sector careers. HSIF provides grants to first-year, full-time MBA students who accept summer internships in the social sector. These grants allow students to put their Haas MBA to use for organizations that are doing important work in communities around the world but cannot offer to pay a “typical” MBA salary.

A special thanks to Richard and Cynthia Strauch (MBA 85 & 86, respectively) for creating the Richard & Cynthia Strauch Haas Social Impact Fund – an endowment created in 2017 that will provide ongoing support for the Haas Social Impact Fund. Learn more: https://blogs.haas.berkeley.edu/the-berkeley-mba/social-impact-mba.

Applications for HSIF Summer 2019 will be available Spring 2019

Check out the info session deck to learn more about HSIF’s History & Context, Application Process, Fundraising Drive.

For questions, please contact Kevin Phan, at kevinkphan@mba.berkeley.edu.


In 2018, close to $25,000 was raised from FTMBA students, far exceeding our fundraising goals and breaking recent records for the Fund. The Fund issued awards to 13 FTMBA students, with 100% of the funds coming from student donations and awards ranging from $1,000 to $6,000. These students pursued high-impact summer internships at mission-driven organizations that pay below-market rates.

The organizations where the 2017 recipients interned represent a range of sizes, sectors, and geographies. To learn more about the students’ experiences, visit our 2017 HSIF Blogpost.


Donate to the Haas Social Impact Fund

HSIF funding comes primarily from Haas first year MBAs, who typically donate one day of their summer internship salary to the fund to demonstrate  Haas’ commitment to supporting non-profit/public sector endeavors. Contributions from matching corporation donations, alumni, and other donors are another integral part of HSIF.

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