The TABA Community Service program
The TABA Community Service program a volunteer service program that links Freeman School students with local not-for-profit organizations and disadvantaged businesses in need of business consulting services. Alumni serve as advisors to student teams performing the pro-bono projects and assist in identifying and recruiting organizations to participate in the program. Students can earn certificates at graduation for 25 hours of service. Previous recipients of assistance through this program include: American Red Cross, Audubon Institute, Bureau of Government Research, Junior Achievement, and Louisiana SPCA.
Tulane Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award
In recognition of individuals who support for-profit and not-for-profit entrepreneurial initiatives that improve our community. Past recipients include,
2013: John B. Elstrott of Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship
2012: Jay Altman of FirstLine Schools
2011: Phyllis Cassidy of Good Work Network
2010: Kathryn Hall-Trujillo of the Birthing Project
2009: SENO (Social Entrepreneurship of New Orleans)
2008: Allan Houston of the Allan Houston Foundation and former NBA New York Knicks player
2007: George Cloutier of American Management Services
2005: Charlotte C .Cunliffe of Greater New Orleans Community Data Center
2004: Laura Maloney, Louisiana SPCA
2003: Lauren Anderson, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans
2002: Lina Alfieri Stern, IDA Collaborative of Louisiana
The Tulane Business Plan Competition, Social Entrepreneurship Track
First established in 2000, the competition has added a social entrepreneurship track to reward not-for-profit and for-profit organizations whose products or services serve the greater good. Cash awards and valuable consulting services are provided for winners of competing teams of students from local, regional, and national colleges. For more information see the TEA webpage.
Social Entrepreneurship Internships
The LRI sponsors paid interns to work with local not-for-profit organizations. Students work on tasks involving strategic planning, marketing, accounting, business planning, and wealth building projects for the organizations served.
INExchange is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit fair trade store, located on the Tulane University's uptown campus. In partnership with the Levy-Rosenblum Institute for Entrepreneurship, IN Exchange vends the artwork of artists living in New Orleans, as well as the crafts of artisans from economically developing countries. In Exchange partners with these artists to develop fair economic opportunities and educate students on fair trade and social responsibility. For more information click here.
The Idea Village and Tulane University formed IDEAcorps, a Peace Corps-like initiative for civic and business-minded college students and graduates. A generous $20,000 donation from George Cloutier seeded the idea that originally developed in Professor John Elstrott's Rebuild New Orleans class, at the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. In July 2006, IDEAcorps officially launched with a $150,000 grant from the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation which was provided to distribute $100,000 in triage relief grants and technical assistance to 20 tourism-based businesses. Learn more about this program.
The Idea Village is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation whose mission is to encourage a culture of innovation and to provide the focused tools and resources necessary to accelerate the development of high-growth entrepreneurial ventures based in New Orleans. Learn more about IDEA Village.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
The VITA program provides low to moderate income families with assistance in filing for Earned Income Tax Credits. The purpose of the VITA program is to encourage families, who qualify for earned income tax credits, to file for their returns and then enroll in a matched savings program. Learn More about VITA at Total Community Action.
Individual Development Account (IDA) Collaborative of Louisiana
The Collaborative matches a family's savings toward the purchase of a first home, financing post-secondary education, or funding a business. In addition, participants receive training in money management, budgeting, and credit building by organizations that partner with the Collaborative to provide these services throughout the state of Louisiana. Learn More about this Program at Neighborhood Housing Services.