Beyond the MBA Classroom: Winning the Golden Briefcase

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.

Challenge for Charity (C4C) is an annual fundraiser that brings students from nine business schools across the West Coast—including UC Berkeley Haas and UCLA Anderson—to the Stanford University campus in the spring to compete in sporting events and trivia quizzes over a three-day period to raise money for the Special Olympics and other local nonprofit organizations. During the academic year, students at the participating schools earn points for each hour of volunteer work they complete. Then, those students who have committed a minimum of six hours of C4C service are eligible to participate in the springtime event for the chance to win bragging rights and the coveted Golden Briefcase. UCLA Anderson students won the 2010 competition, having racked up the most volunteer hours and scored highest out of nine schools in the 26 sporting events that took place.

For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at Stanford, UCLA Anderson, UC Berkeley Haas or 13 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.

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