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In addition to funding, Harvard Law School will provide some training and support to Venture Fund Fellows. However, rather than replicate the many useful trainings and tools already online for social entrepreneurs, Harvard Law School expects Fellows to access on their own some of the following worthwhile trainings and guides.


We encourage students planning to apply for to the Venture Fund to seek advice and mentorship before applying.

OPIA advisors are available to help you think through how the Venture Fund can help you achieve your postgraduate goals.

Judy Murciano, OPIA’s Director of Fellowships, can advise you on how to apply to the Venture Fund, including reviewing written materials.

To sign up to meet with Judy or other OPIA advisors, through OPIA’s appointment calendar.

Alumni “Application Mentors” are available to consult with you over email or by phone. Get more information about them, including their contact information.

For those of you applying for the seed grant portion of the Fund, Professor Tyler Giannini, who co-founded EarthRights International upon graduating from law school, is also available to connect you with experts in your field and with other social entrepreneurs. He can be reached at

We will also provide selected fellows with mentors and advisors.

Multiple Resources

The Foundation Center

Stanford Social Innovation Review

Community Resource Exchange

Law for Change

Legal Resources

LexMundi Pro Bono Foundation


Hauser Center Exponential Fundraising Blog

Hauser Center Fundraising Videos

Social Media


Business Planning

Root Cause

McKinsey on Society

Board Development


Fiscal Sponsorship

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest


The Community Corps

Performance Measurement

Root Cause


Public Service Organizations Founded or Run by HLS Alumni

Many Harvard Law School alumni are engaged in public service activities — from the nonprofit sector, the government sector, public international practice, the private bar, academia and the judiciary. Below are links for several organizations founded or run by Harvard Law School alumni.

Be The Change Inc.

Better Future Project

Building Educated Leaders for Life

Center for Reproductive Rights

City Year

Community Water Center

Environmental Defense Fund

Equality Now

Global Justice Center

Health Leads

New Jersey Institute for Social Justice

Reach Out and Read

Resilience Advocacy Project

Summer Advantage USA

The Advancement Project

The Opportunity Agenda

The Workplace Project

Victim Rights Law Center

Youth Advocacy Center

Articles and Links

Nonprofit vs. For-Profit in Social Entrepreneurship – The New York Times

13 Tips To Finding A Social Innovation Job – Bmeaningful