University of Southern California

MBAs Win Fourth Straight C4C
Students Raise almost $200,000 and Volunteer over 6,000 Hours for Charities
April 22, 2013 • by News at Marshall

It’s a four-peat for Marshall at the Challenge for Charity (C4C) team challenge.

In a competition against rivals from eight other top West Coast MBA programs, USC Marshall MBA students took home Marshall’s fourth straight 'Golden Briefcase' after a yearlong competition that wrapped up with the C4C event at Stanford University April 19-20.

The award takes into account the school with the most volunteer hours, most funds raised, and best attendance at and performance in an array of 28 sports-related competitions during this past weekend’s event.

“Getting over 400 people to contribute an average of more than 14.5 hours each in an academic year is not an easy feat. Yet this is part of the MBA culture here at Marshall. Our students are competitive but collaborative and work together as a team to strive to higher levels of performance every year. We stress that being a leader means giving back and being responsible to the community,” said Diane Badame, assistant dean & academic director of the full-time MBA program.

USC Marshall Challenge for Charity members spent over 6,000 community service hours volunteering with three charity organizations: The Special Olympics, Junior Achievement, and A Better L.A.

The USC students also raised over $186,000 for the organizations, almost 25 percent more than the previous year. Over the last three years, USC Marshall MBA students have raised nearly $500,000 for charity.

"Being involved in Challenge for Charity has been one of the highlights of my USC Marshall experience and bringing the Golden Briefcase home to JKP will definitely be one of my fondest memories, said Rachael Stoddard MBA ‘13 and of the co-chairs of Challenge for Charity at USC Marshall.

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