Beyond the MBA Classroom: Challenge for Charity at Stanford

When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment, but are also making a commitment to a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.

Founded by a Stanford Graduate School of Business student in 1984, Challenge for Charity (C4C) is a well-attended annual fundraiser at the school that brings MBA students from nine programs across the West Coast to the Stanford campus to compete in events such as billiards, bowling and basketball to raise money for the Special Olympics and one local nonprofit organization (each participating school selects a local nonprofit organization to which to donate). Students earn points by winning the competitions in which their team competes, and for each hour of volunteer work they completed during the previous year. Students who have committed a minimum of six hours of C4C service in one year are eligible to participate in the sports competitions and trivia quizzes that take place during this three-day event, held each spring, for the chance to win bragging rights and the coveted Golden Briefcase award.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Deadlines

  • NYU Stern (Round 3)
  • MIT Sloan (Round 2)
  • INSEAD (Round 4)
  • UNC Kenan-Flagler (Round 3)
  • USC Marshall (Round 3)
  • Carnegie Mellon Tepper (Round 3)
  • London Business School (Round 3)
  • Cambridge Judge (Round 4)
  • NYU Stern (Round 4)

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