Vlerick’s popular Social Profit Grant

The Vlerick Social Profit Grant, a study grant for companies from the non-profit sector, is becoming more and more successful. When the initiative was launched in 2010, 7 participants took advantage of the grant. In 2011, that number doubled to 15; and 2012 is off to a very good start with 10 participants so far. Out of this total of 32 people, 9 have followed a long-term programme, 17 a short-term programme, and 6 have registered for a conference or a 1-day programme.

Companies that have made use of the Social Profit Grant up to now include: Responsible Young Drivers, Vlaamse Dienst Speelpleinwerk (the Flemish playground operations service), Brussels Jazz Orchestra, CultuurNet Vlaanderen, Oxfam, Muziekcentrum De Bijloke, Scouts en Gidsen Vlaanderen, and Max Havelaar.

The study grant is valid for all open programmes in executive education at Vlerick. These include general management programmes as well as programmes around a particular knowledge domain or conferences and forums.

Through this initiative, Vlerick is exercising its corporate social responsibility and contributing to the further professionalisation of the non-profit sector. In addition, the School is also promoting a dialogue between two worlds. Although, at first glance, there are large differences between the regular business world and the non-profit sector, the two can often learn a lot from each other.

Joris Rossie, Managing Director of Oxfam Fairtrade / Oxfam Wereldwinkels – who was able to participate in Vlerick’s Advanced Management Programme thanks to the Social Profit Grant – provides further insight into the benefits of the grant.

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