Public Service and Nonprofits

From volunteerism to management, Harvard’s alumni, faculty, and students are actively engaged with public service and nonprofit organizations that provide critical services throughout Massachusetts.

by the numbers

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nonprofits in Massachusetts

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Massachusetts nonprofit boards with Harvard alumni serving on them

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nonprofit ventures in Massachusetts that have been founded by alumni

“My career took off through transformative experiences I had while at the Kennedy School. These experiences set me down a path that led to my current job and affirmed my sense that the hard, focused advocacy work that many nonprofits carry out can make a difference.”

—Bart Mitchell, MPP ‘83
President and CEO, The Community Builders Inc.

“My entire experience at Harvard was shaped by having amazing positive mentors and being involved in the Phillips Brooks House Association where I found a tremendous community of faculty and staff who provided hands-on, highly intensive training on everything from serving the community to structuring a high-impact not-for-profit.”

—Lindsay Hyde, AB ’04, MBA ‘14
Founder, Strong Women, Strong Girls

Partnering to address food inequality

According to the Greater Boston Food Bank, one in 10 local residents doesn't have enough to eat. In an effort to help address food inequality on the local level, Harvard began partnering with Food For Free, a Cambridge-based nonprofit working to end chronic hunger by recapturing fresh food that might otherwise be discarded and ensuring that it finds its way to those who need it most. Through this partnership, Harvard University Dining Services donates approximately 2,000 nutritious meals to families in need each week.

Read more about Harvard's partnership with Food For Free.

Supporting local nonprofits

The Harvard Allston Partnership Fund, established by Harvard University and the City of Boston, in collaboration with the Allston community, was created to support nonprofit organizations providing neighborhood improvement projects, cultural enrichment, and educational programming for residents living in North Allston-Brighton. The awards support a wide range of programs from educational and enrichment activities, to arts and family engagement programming. Thirty-two organizations have received $1 million in funding during the past decade

Read more about the Harvard Allston Partnership Fund in the Harvard Gazette.