Challenge for Charity (C4C)

Challenge for Charity (C4C) is a 31-year-old nonprofit organization that pits teams from eight elite West Coast MBA programs against each other in a year-long effort to demonstrate their commitment to community outreach and social responsibility. The challenge culminates in a weekend-long athletics competition.

The winning team takes home the coveted Golden Briefcase.

USC Marshall MBAs have won the Golden Briefcase seven years in a row. Since the winning streak began in 2009-10, Marshall MBAs have raised a total of more than $1 million for their chosen charities and volunteered more than 25,000 hours.

 

Dean Ellis

That we accomplish this honor year after year is testament to where we place our commitment to community service and outreach—it is the top of our values, both as a school and as a university.

 


James G. Ellis     Dean, USC Marshall School of Business

 

Throughout the year, USC Marshall students volunteer and raise money for three charities, including:

Special Olympics: Southern California branch
Special Olympics is the world’s largest athletic organization that caters to both child and adult athletes with mental disabilities.

Junior Achievement of Southern California
A volunteer-driven organization that focuses on teaching business and economic concepts to young students from Kindergarten through High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Team Prime Time
Team Prime Time’s mission is to provide intervention programs for at-risk children from low-income areas of Los Angeles that combine academics, athletics, leadership training and the arts in order to prepare them for the future and allow them to reach their full potential.

 

Rachael Stoddard

I love C4C! It was how I met many of my best friends first year, and it was the organization I poured my heart into second year. I was constantly amazed at the generosity of our students, both with their time and their money. And working with the three organizations (Special Olympics, Junior Achievement and A Better LA) is so rewarding. While winning both years I was at Marshall was incredible, it was seeing so many of my classmates volunteer their time that really made me smile.

Rachael Stoddard     Class of 2013