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The Harvard Business School Club of Philadelphia announces 2011 Scholarship Recipients
Philadelphia, PA (May 20, 2011) – The Social Enterprise Initiative of the Harvard Business School Club of Philadelphia (HBSCP) has awarded two scholarships to local nonprofit executives to attend the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management at the Harvard Business School this summer. This year’s recipients are Sarah Martinez-Helfman, Executive Director of the Eagles Youth Partnership (EYP) and Kim Sajet, President and CEO of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Both of these recipients lead critical organizations in our region.
As Founding Executive Director of the Eagles Youth Partnership (EYP), Sarah has dedicated the Foundation’s work during the past 16 years to ensuring that all children in the region see, read and play safely, regardless of their zip code. Leveraging the brand and resources of the Philadelphia Eagles Football Club and its partners, EYP launched ground-breaking initiatives that have delivered signature community services to more than 50,000 children each year, including annual playground builds, Eagles Eye Mobile vision care services and a mobile literacy program, delivering more than 425,000 new books into the hands of children who previously had few or none. In 2010, the Philadelphia Eagles were recognized as one of the top three professional sports teams internationally for the social impact of EYP’s programs.
Prior to joining the Eagles Youth Partnership, Sarah held posts with two Americorps programs and with billionaire philanthropist Chuck Feeney, who established Atlantic Philanthropies with the belief that all people should be treated with respect, dignity and fairness. In her free time, Sarah volunteers with the Arise Academy High School, which educates youth in foster care, is group facilitator at the Main Line Youth Alliance and serves on the membership committee of the Delaware Valley Grantmakers
Kim Sajet has a distinguished career in the art and culture community. Prior to leading the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, she held positions as VP of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum and Director of Corporate Relations for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She has also held directorships of two museums in Australia. She currently serves on the following nonprofit boards: Mayor of Philadelphia’s Cultural Advisory Board, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Art Alliance, Civil War History Consortium of SE Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Public Art Commission.
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, founded in 1824, is second only to the National Library of Congress in its holdings of materials related to the founding of the United States. It houses 21 million documents spanning 350 years and is one of the top specialized research libraries in the country. In merging with the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies in 2002, it is the leading repository for immigrant history in the U.S. and the third largest repository for genealogy.
Recently the Society has focused on bringing history to a wider community through media and new technologies. As well as a weekly article in the Philadelphia Inquirer and radio program with WHYY, it has made over 21,000 digitized documents accessible through its main website (www.hsp.org) and launched a second website that traces change over time in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods (www.philaplace.org ).
The Harvard Business School Club of Philadelphia Social Enterprise Initiative began in 1993. The Social Enterprise Initiative focuses on executive education – finance, operations, marketing and strategy – of the Philadelphia Region’s nonprofit leaders. In 2001, the HBSCP began sponsoring and sending nonprofit CEO’s to the Harvard Business School’s one-week nonprofit management course. The HBSCP, one of the oldest alumni organizations in the country, represents more than 1,100 HBS alumni in the greater Philadelphia region. Including recipients for 2011, the HBSCP has awarded 18 scholarships.
Previously recipients include:
2010 Linda Katz Children’s Literacy Initiative
2010 Jane Golden City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
2010 Gwen Bailey Youth Service, Inc.
2009 Jay Spector JEVS Human Services
2008 JoAnne Fischer Maternity Care Coalition,
2008 Bill Clark Philabundance
2007 Yael Lehmann The Food Trust
2007 Nicholas Torres Congreso de Latinos Unidos
2006 Laura Shubilla Philadelphia Youth Network
2006 Patricia Coulter Urban League of Philadelphia
2005 Alba Martinez United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania
2005 Sharmain Matlock-Turner Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition
2005 Jane Pepper Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
2004 Derek Gillman Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
2003 Miguel Angel Corzo University of the Arts
2003 Gail Harrity Philadelphia Museum of Art
2002 Janice Price Kimmel Center
2001 Jim Balfanz City Year Greater Philadelphia
The success of this program led to an annual local conference focused on nonprofit leadership development, currently in its seventh year, with this year’s conference to be held November 15, 2011 at the WHYY Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons in Philadelphia. Approximately 60 local nonprofit leaders are specially invited to attend the conference. In addition to HBSCP and alumni funding, support of the Social Enterprise Initiative comes from leading corporations and foundations based in the region, including Comcast, The Philadelphia Foundation, William Penn Foundation, United Way of Southeastern PA, TL Ventures, SEI, and an investment management firm that wishes to remain anonymous.