Business Cares: UNC Kenan-Flagler’s signature community service initiative
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Business Cares, announced in 2014, is a strategic and innovative program of philanthropic support for local non-profit organizations. It harnesses both the talents and resources of the UNC Kenan-Flagler community to make a greater impact on our local community and the organizations we strive to serve.
The initiative focuses on three charities focused on children's health for 2014-15: UNC Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill and Super Cooper’s Little Red Wagon Foundation. It will support them through fundraising, using the business expertise of faculty, staff and students to help them achieve their missions, and collaborating on projects on-site and at the Business School. The Business Cares golf tournament – the prime fundraiser for the initiative – will be held in May in Chapel Hill.
But community service is not new at UNC Kenan-Flagler, where we shape leaders who have the courage to do what's right and the knowledge to make it happen. We identified community as one of our core values based on a long tradition of service at the oldest public university in the United States and at the Business School, founded in 1919.
At UNC Kenan-Flagler, community leadership is woven into the fabric of the School and can be seen in major initiatives, academic programs and individually led outreach.
- For the last decade, our broadest partnership was with Habitat for Humanity of Orange County through the “House that Kenan-Flagler Built” initiative with more than 2,800 student, faculty and staff volunteers building 10 homes for families in need in our community. Our students also built four houses in Honduras and Guatemala for the Habitat for Humanity Global Village initiative.
- Since 2006, finance professor Bob Connolly has coordinated a growing network of people at the School and beyond to send care packages to troops in hot zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- In our Nonprofit Board Fellows Program, 42 MBA students sit on 16 local boards for the academic year and conduct a project for them without receiving payment or credit
- MBA students plan and execute “The Startup Challenge,” a five-week business workshop series for the Global Scholars Academy, which teaches young Durham students about entrepreneurship
- Service projects in Eastern North Carolina, Africa and India are part of the MBA Sustainability Leadership Capstone course.
- Students raised more than $1,000 for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014.
- Undergraduate business students raise money and compete in the annual 5K to benefit the Orange County Rape Crisis Center.
- Delta Sigma Pi, the undergraduate business fraternity, cooks meals for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House while their children are being treated at the UNC Children's Hospital.
- An undergraduate entrepreneurship class, taught by Jim Kitchen, participates in an experiential learning exercise on creating a profitable business that benefited Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina; granting a wish for Scott Lenfestey. The class raised enough money to grant Scott's wish and another wish as well.
- MAC students and staff volunteered with TableNC, a charity that provides food for low-income breakfast and lunch programs at grade schools in Chapel Hill.