The Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship





The Helene & Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship was created in 2005 to serve the nonprofit and social enterprise community and Pace University.  Devoted to honing the risk-taking spirit and managerial skills of nonprofit organizations and social ventures, the center was launched with a pledge from Helene and Grant Wilson, Boston-area entrepreneurs and philanthropists whose philanthropic endeavors convinced them that entrepreneurial management can help social ventures increase their impact.




Recent and Upcoming Events

August 11, 2014: Impact America Fund, Wilson Center's Social Enterprise in Resicence, featured on Black Enterprise.  

October 29, 2014: "True Partnerships: Best Practices in Collaborations for Social Impact" Panel discussion featuring our Social Enterprise in Residence Impact America. For additional information or to RSVP Click Here

August 4, 2014: Wilson Center Funded Intern Jason Gonzalez ’14 featured in Applying Classroom Studies to Community Service, Pace Success Stories.  

October 8, 2014: Join us for a conversation with Matt Hennessy, Client and Partnership Director for First Access. Lecture to be held at 6:30PM, Rm.E308, One Pace Plaza. Email to attend.

July 4, 2014: Launch of Impact America Fund, Wilson Center Social Enterprise in Residence  

September 10, 2014: Learning Outcomes Reception: Summer 2014 interns present their summer employment experience at nonprofits and social enterprises to the Pace community.

May 5, 2014: Past Wilson Center Faculty Fellow, Prof. Christelle Scharff, featured in Seidenberg School News: Dr. Scharff Brings Mobile Education to Senegal and Beyond Through Fulbright Project.  

August 20, 2014: Social Entrpreneurship, Ethics of Volunteering in Post-Conflict Contexts and the Role of NGOs in Disarmament and Violence Reduction: Panel Discussion, US Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program.

April 24, 2014: The Wilson Center & Hitachi America, Ltd. co-sponsored event featured in Metro MBA, White Plains Daily Voice.


June 4, 2014: Wilson Center co-hosted STOKED End of Year Celebration.


April 16, 2014: Elena Marmo, 2013 Wilson Funded Intern, featured in Pace Pulse.


May 12, 2014: Wilson Center co-hosted screening of “Who Cares?”, a film about social entrepreneurship and change-making throughout the world.

March 18, 2014: Past Wilson Center Faculty Fellow Prof. Bruce Bachenheimer quoted in Crain’s New York Business regarding social enterprise for business students.


May 6, 2014:  A Conversation with Dr. Prabhakar, CEO and Founder of Society for Rural Improvement, moderated by Professor PV Viswanath.


March 17, 2014: Encore Transition Program offered at Pace. Featured in NY Times.


May 5, 2014Not-for-Profit Leadership Summit XII, co-sponsorship with United Way.  Full day annual gathering of over 700 nonprofit leaders in Westchester.



April 30, 2014: 5th Annual Pace Hitachi Nonprofit Forum, White Plains campus. Free educational forum, hosting over 150 attendees annually. Followed by a career networking lunch.



Helene & Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship
163 William St, 21st Floor
New York, NY 10038
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