A team of USC Marshall School of Business MBA students won the Golden Briefcase award for the third year in a row, capturing a Challenge for Charity (C4C) event on April 14 that combined community service, fundraising and athletic competition.
The Golden Briefcase is earned by the West Coast business school that achieves the highest score in an ongoing competition that culminates at the annual C4C weekend at Stanford University.
The categories included most hours volunteered, most funds raised and best attendance and performance during the weekend. The MBA teams, which competed against each other in a series of 26 events, including basketball, soccer and darts.
In addition to accumulating 5,336 volunteer hours, the USC Marshall team raised a total of $150,000, an increase of 10 percent from last year’s total. The funds will support the Special Olympics of Southern California, Junior Achievement of Southern California and A Better L.A.
“C4C not only allows MBA students to make a significant impact through organizing fundraisers and volunteer events with local Los Angeles charities, but it instills in many of us a motivation to continue to give back regardless of where our careers take us in the future,” said Alex Abraham, co-chair and president of the USC Marshall team.
For co-chair Brian J. Wang, C4C was an essential part of the USC Marshall MBA experience. “It is woven into the social fabric of USC Marshall,” he said.
Shantanu Dutta, vice dean for graduate programs at USC Marshall, said:
“Challenge for Charity allows students to work with organizations to help them be more effective. Our MBA team’s success demonstrates USC Marshall’s commitment to developing business leaders who are working toward the greater good of society.”
C4C, a 27-year-old nonprofit that originated at Stanford, aims to develop future business leaders with a lifelong commitment to community involvement and social responsibility.