Collaborating with Our Community
At Babson, we think collaboration across disciplines is the way to generate creative solutions to challenging issues. Through partnerships with local organizations, we’re able to have a positive impact in more corners of the community.
Supporting Community Events and Initiatives
During the last year, Babson hosted a variety of Needham and Wellesley town events, providing facilities, equipment, space, and employee time and labor for programs such as:
- Wellesley and Needham League of Women Voters Pricing Carbon event hosted by Steve Curwood of NPR’s Living on Earth
- Cradles to Crayons Clothing Sort with the town of Wellesley, helping more than 600 families this winter season
- Needham and Wellesley high school graduations rain location
- Wellesley Police Department Annual 5K Stewart Savage Road Race and Fun Run
- Grace Knight Babson Fund annual religious education program
- Upham Elementary and Fiske Elementary bingo nights
- Wellesley Veterans Thanksgiving dinner
- North Hill programs
- Bates School fundraising event
- The Three College Collaboration is a joint effort among Babson, Olin, and Wellesley colleges to develop interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and problem solving. Integrating the unique disciplines of each of these colleges—business, engineering, and liberal arts—and applying them to real-world issues results in a positive impact on the community. One example is the foundational course for the Three College Collaboration’s Sustainability Certificate, where Babson, Olin, and Wellesley (B.O.W.) students and professors work together to present recommendations for enhanced sustainability to local businesses and citizens.
- Babson Board Fellows program places Babson MBA students and recent alumni volunteers as nonvoting members of local nonprofit boards. Nonprofits benefit from fresh insights and student contributions to board committees and special projects, while students benefit from exposure to board-level decision making, mentorship, and project experience. The goals of the program are to support local nonprofits, to build a culture of service within the Babson MBA community, and to give Babson students another opportunity to put their MBA skills into practice.
For the 2013–2014 program, Babson Board Fellows are partnering with:
- The Foundation for Children’s Books
- Partners for Youth with Disabilities
- Compass for Kids
- Communities United Inc.
- Community Dispute Settlement Center
- SpeakEasy Stage Company
- Special Olympics of Massachusetts
- Cantata Singers
- Fields Corner Main Street
- Babson College is a founding sponsor of MassChallenge the largest startup accelerator, and the first to support high-impact, early-stage entrepreneurs with no strings attached. In partnership with MassChallenge, Babson created a graduate student business hatchery space in Boston’s Innovation District. Hatcheries provide a vibrant atmosphere conducive to sharing ideas and information. The spaces give student entrepreneurs the environment they need to quickly grow their business. This is another way that Babson support entrepreneurial activity fueling social and economic advancement in the Boston area.
- The educational component of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative was developed by Babson, with the goal of the program to support the creation of jobs, while enhancing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in each area the program operates.
- Babson is the halfway point start site for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk in September. Volunteers include Babson students, faculty, and staff.
- As one of four host sites for the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) weekend in August, Babson accommodates cyclists, families, and volunteers for the start of the race, as well as riders and supporters for the race’s start and finish sites.
- Babson also hosts the PMC Kids Rides®, raising money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Riders and volunteers include Wellesley and Needham residents, as well as Babson students, faculty, and staff. Learn more about next year’s ride at www.kids.pmc.org.
- This year, Babson was one of more than 30 organizations that supported the sixth annual Candy Drive run by Drs. Ali and Ali from Wellesley Dental Group. More than 7,340 pounds of Halloween candy, along with handwritten notes, was donated to our troops overseas.
- The Babson Alumni and Friends Network, in partnership with World Vision, assembled caregiver kits for those suffering from AIDS, as well as those who are caring selflessly for their neighbors, in Africa.
President Healey joined members of the Babson LGBTQ Action Group, as well as community allies, during Boston’s 2013 Pride Parade.
- Babson hosted a fundraising event for One Hen, an organization that equips educators with educational resources to inspire children with four values: financial responsibility, personal initiative, global awareness, and giving back. One Hen supports programs from Boston to San Francisco, and cities in between, while its free downloadable resources are used in all 50 states and 142 countries.
- The Wellesley Swim Association partnered with Swim Across America for a fundraising swim-a-thon at the Babson College pool. Ninety children, ages 6–18, from a variety of towns—including Wellesley, Medfield, Dover, and Sherborn—raised more than $13,000 for cancer awareness, research, prevention, and treatment.
- Babson hosted and participated in the panel discussion Impact Investing with a Gender Lens, providing insight on investing in social entrepreneurs and businesses that benefit women. Catalytic Women, an organization looking to create greater social impact, sponsored the event. For more Babson content and programs on gender issues visit the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership.