Impact Investing and Venture Philanthropy

Impact Investing

Impact investing and venture philanthropy are fields that apply traditional investment discipline and measurement to organizations aiming for social impact. The Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation facilitates courses and programs to help prepare Chicago Booth students for careers in these fields.

The following impact investing programs, resources, and courses are designed to help students build a solid foundation in traditional finance, while exposing them to social sector experts and innovative investing mechanisms.

Impact Investor in Residence

The impact investor in residence at the Rustandy Center mentors students, participates in or leads programs and workshops with student groups, and meets with alumni and faculty.

The Rustandy Center impact investor in residence Priya Parrish, 09, adjunct assistant professor of strategy at Chicago Booth and managing partner at Impact Engine, is available during regular office hours. Learn more about her on the center's leadership page.


Get Involved

Upcoming office hours are listed on the Rustandy Center events page. For questions about the impact investors in residence program, email


Additional Resources

Impact Investment Fund

With a $1 million gift from Ron Tarrson, ’72 (XP-31) in November 2019, the Rustandy Center established the Steven Tarrson Impact Investment Fund—one of the largest student-managed impact investing funds in the country.

The impact investment fund supports direct private investments into early-stage social impact companies, allowing Booth MBA students to gain real-world experience in impact investing and network with early-stage impact investors partnering with the fund. Participating students source investment deals, perform due diligence, and make investment recommendations to an external investment committee. Read more about the fund.

Questions? Contact Will Colegrove.


Rustandy Center Impact Investing Award

In 2018, Karen Miller Padgett, ’93, endowed the Karen Miller Padgett, ’93 Impact Investing Experiential Learning Program, enabling the Rustandy Center to provide $6,500 to support one MBA student’s summer internship in impact investing.

To be eligible for the award, applicants must be enrolled in the Full-Time MBA Program at Chicago Booth and must be returning to class in the fall. Applicants also must work at least 10 weeks over the course of the summer. Applications are reviewed by a selection committee, made up of representatives from the Rustandy Center and Career Services. Learn more about award requirements (pdf).

Questions? Contact Will Colegrove.

Booth also offers the Community Catalyst Fund, through which Booth MBA students pursuing internships at education, government, or nonprofit organizations can apply for a stipend to supplement their income. For more information on the Community Catalyst Fund and other sources of summer funding, visit the Summer Internship Funding page on Intranet or email Mandy Petersen


Perspectives in Impact Investing: A Series on Leveraging Capital for Social Good
The Rustandy Center, along with the center’s impact investor in residence, Priya Parrish, ’09, has launched a new series on impact investing. This series is for Booth MBA students and will provide an overview of impact investing with sessions on public and private markets, a panel with asset owners/investors, and a capstone simulation session focused on investing opportunities.

Upcoming seminars are listed on the Rustandy Center events page. For more information, please contact Will Colegrove.

Experiential learning and competitions include:


As the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation continues to grow its suite of impact investing programs, the center is looking for partners to support and engage with these efforts. Impact investing sponsors for the 2019-2020 academic year include:

Karen Miller Padgett, ’93  

Ronald Tarrson, ’72 (XP-31)


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Edwardson Social Entrepreneurship Program logo


For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Rustandy Center’s Tali Griffin at



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