Center on Social Innovation and Finance

Center on Social Innovation and Finance

Social innovation is a growing field that combines the passion and purpose of a social or environmental mission with the rigor and accountability of a market-based approach to enterprise design, financing, and operations. The Center on Social Innovation and Finance at the Carsey School of Public Policy provides for-profit and nonprofit organizations the talent, skills, knowledge, and networks needed for growing successful social enterprises. This work has grown from the Carsey mission focus in policy research on community economic development and has grown quickly to become a crucial part of the School.

The Center on Social Innovation and Finance was launched in 2011 by faculty director Michael Swack and founding executive director Yusi Turell.  By combining high-level education, cutting-edge research, and practical, engaged outreach, the center builds upon and expands Carsey's initiatives around community development by:

  • Bolstering social innovation in New Hampshire and New England and building the state’s and region’s capacity to develop, sustain, and scale innovative and effective responses to social needs
  • Promoting enhanced access to financial capital nationally and internationally, through innovations in finance products, impact investing, and strategic philanthropy
  • Contributing significantly to the University of New Hampshire’s strategic plan for 2020 through engaged scholarship, integrated learning experiences, and a strong international component to our work

Microenterprise and Savings Groups Programs

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Faculty and Staff

Executive Director, Center on Social Innovation and Finance
Faculty Director, Center on Social Innovation and Finance
Program Director, Sustainable Microenterprise and Development
Program Manager, Center on Social Innovation and Finance
Program Manager, Center on Social Innovation and Finance
Research Assistant Professor, Anthropology