Empowering Underserved Minorities

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Empowering Underserved Minorities

The Polk Institute Foundation is a non-profit graduate level training and technical institution that grants a master level certificate in entrepreneurship and that operates the Polk Institute Accelerator, a program designed to provide additional resources for the development, refinement and lau... Read More

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The Polk Institute Foundation is a non-profit graduate level training and technical institution that grants a master level certificate in entrepreneurship and that operates the Polk Institute Accelerator, a program designed to provide additional resources for the development, refinement and launch of new businesses.  The Institute’s founder, Mr. Gary Polk, is a black businessman, university professor, and author, and CEO/Business consultant.

Our goal is to expose social entrepreneurship as a viable career option and method to find true financial freedom to our targeted  clients - underrepresented minorities.  Our clients are serious about wanting to own a business.  Admission requirements include preparing and presenting a one-page business plan.

We believe ethical behavior AND generating profits are not conflicting concepts.  Our motto for social entrepreneurship is PPP – People, Planet, and Profit…also known as the Triple Bottom Line.  We believe that ALL entrepreneurial ventures should be purpose-driven and represent the passion of the Founder.  

Program Highlights:

US students eligible for full scholarship
Institute funded through government, corporate and foundation grants and public/private donations.
Open to clients with life experiences and undergraduate degrees.
Facilitators will be the business leaders in their field of discipline, not academics.
Preparing clients for leadership in a small business or entrepreneurial venture
40-week program of required and elective workshops.
Small cohort style collaborative learning groups.
Online learning and face-to-face workshops using Zoom or similar conferencing platform.
Capstone business plan project required for advancement to next phase.
Clients move on the accelerator to launch their businesses.

Polk Institute Foundation Accelerator - The accelerator provides additional resources to our clients along with ongoing encouragement, to increase the likelihood of the launch of new ventures, and the success of those new ventures.  Our clients will have access to mentors, collaborative peer support groups, business experts, attorneys, accountants, advisory board members and ongoing education to assist the entrepreneur in getting the business from concept to launch.  



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badge Empowering Underserved Minorities

$5,163 of $20,000

raised from 66 people

Empowering Underserved Minorities

Michael Manahan, on behalf of

Polk Institute Foundation

Your donation will assist us in providing entrepreneurial education, mentoring and start up assistance to under served minority entrepreneurs through the non-profit Pi Foundation.

Michael Manahan

Polk Institute Foundation - Michael Manahan is cofounder of the foundation along with Professor Gary Polk.Our goal is to expose social entrepreneurship as a viable Business option and method to find true financial freedom to 70 of our targeted trainees underrepresented Black & Brown minorities. Our clients are serious about wanting to own a business.

Carson, California

Recent Donations

  • $50.00

    Deanie Pacheco

    3 days ago

    I have volunteered with the Polk Institute from the beginning. Watching the moments when the cohort clients get what they are learning are the reason why I keep volunteering. The Legacy Cohort and Cohort 1 & 2 have become family and I am excited to meet the people who are now applying for Cohort 3. 3 years and counting! Thank you Polk Institute Foundation and all the other volunteers for the great work you do!

  • $5.00

    Anonymous

    June 11,2021

    I support Minority owned businesses.

  • $10.00

    Anonymous

    March 20,2021

    It is crucial for students to learn entrepreneurial skills, especially in lieu of this pandemic. One thing we have learned is that you must have your own or you will be left out in the cold.

  • $500.00

    Mark Robertson

    February 03,2021

  • $10.00

    wendy bice

    January 19,2021

  • $50.00

    Trevor Shickman

    January 08,2021

  • $46.00

    Anonymous

    January 06,2021

    I can't wait to see the progress on this campaign. Thank you Professor Manahan!

  • $20.00

    Armaan Tondon

    December 28,2020

    Professor Polk said it right. Doing business should not be a zero sum game. Entrepreneurship can and should have a social impact associated with it.

  • $25.00

    Gene Siciliano

    December 21,2020

    Education is the key to everything.

  • $125.00

    Alex Bayer

    December 17,2020

    I am an avid supporter of Mike Manahan and what he is setting out to do, which is helping entrepreneurs everyday to grow and succeed

  • $150.00

    Anonymous

    December 16,2020

  • $10.00

    Marlene Hernandez

    December 13,2020

    I’m happy to help the organization

  • $100.00

    Markus Biegel

    December 12,2020

    Happy to contribute! :) Let me know if you need advisory board members.

  • $200.00

    Genevieve Manahan

    December 12,2020

  • $25.00

    Randi Correa

    December 12,2020

    Extra credit

  • $15.00

    Keyomah Palacio

    December 12,2020

    Extra credit

  • $25.00

    Vanessa Joaquin-Serrato

    December 11,2020

    FIN 375-40

  • $25.00

    Ayana Woods

    December 11,2020

  • $20.00

    Raenesha Garnett

    December 11,2020

    I am very happy to donate to a great cause. Thank you professor Manahan for providing ACC230 class with the knowledge about this empowering entrepreneurial partnership and the extra credit.

  • $25.00

    Lidia Avalos

    December 11,2020

    Thank you for an awesome semester ACC 230, also i apologize for not doing so well this semester

  • $20.00

    Jeremy De Jesus

    December 11,2020

    Hello professor this is Jeremy De Jesus from your ACC230-41 class. Thank you for your instruction this semester, Merry Christmas

  • $25.00

    Verdonna Pouncil

    December 11,2020

    I currently work for a non-profit and understand the importance of donations. I also like the idea of empowering minorities to achieve their goals. Keep up the great work.

  • $30.00

    Michelle Rangel

    December 11,2020

    Helping minorities who have limited resources is always a great thing. ACC 230

  • $5.00

    Anthony Akor

    December 10,2020

  • $20.00

    Anonymous

    December 10,2020

    It is amazing to see a program targeted students - underrepresented minorities.

  • $25.00

    Juli Brackett

    December 10,2020

    Thank you for a great semester! :)

  • $10.00

    Anthony Akor

    December 10,2020

  • $30.00

    Eddie Portillo

    December 10,2020

    From your FIN 375-40 class, I'm glad to help a good cause.

  • $25.00

    Journie Lopez

    December 10,2020

  • $20.00

    Jenna Sandall

    December 10,2020

  • $30.00

    Cherelle Tisby

    December 10,2020

    I am very excited to donate to such a great cause. Helping individuals that want to contribute to our country is admirable. Thank you for extending the opportunity to us.

  • $30.00

    Andrew Silva Jr

    December 10,2020

    https://www.youhelp.com/empowering-underserved-minorities

  • $7.00

    Rosalind Hinton-Owen

    December 10,2020

    I'm donating because I'm a African American woman owe owns a hair salon and I've understand the hard work that goes into that. I understand what it takes to continue to stand and have faith that It Is Well with our businesses. We serve our community by

  • $30.00

    Johnny-Halo Equihua III

    December 09,2020

    FIN 375-40

  • $30.00

    Valeria Ibanez Wood

    December 09,2020

  • $30.00

    Hunter Brabham

    December 09,2020

    Hey Professor, I hope to see more minority owned businesses in the future.

  • $30.00

    Anonymous

    December 09,2020

    From your class Fin 375 Jesus Fuentes Id# 204280895

  • $50.00

    Mike Marquez

    December 09,2020

    FIN375-40_2208_49163

  • $30.00

    Andres Martinez

    December 09,2020

    Happy to help new businesses, Also in your FIN375-40 0 49163 course.

  • $30.00

    Jason Gavello

    December 09,2020

    ACC230-05

  • $30.00

    Erick Peinado

    December 09,2020

    I am happy to donate to a nonprofit organization that will help teach those entrepreneurship skills.

  • $30.00

    shayla rivera

    December 09,2020

    Support ! -Shayla Rivera

  • $40.00

    Jia Remonte

    December 09,2020

    I support organizations that promote entrepreneurship, thus letting students know that we can be business owners of our own and what we are passionate about and not to just retrict ourselves on a typical 9 to 5 because that was instilled on us by the soci

  • $30.00

    ved shah

    December 09,2020

  • $30.00

    Alia Whirley

    December 09,2020

  • $30.00

    Silvia Origel

    December 09,2020

    Silvia Origel

  • $400.00

    Gary Polk

    December 05,2020

    Just to support our own cause

  • $25.00

    Joy Filius

    December 02,2020

    I wish something like this was available when I was younger.

  • $500.00

    Anonymous

    December 02,2020

  • $100.00

    Mary Whitehead

    December 02,2020

    Sounds like an excellent plan to help people

  • $50.00

    Steven Lee

    November 26,2020

    Sounds Good, Best of Luck.

  • $25.00

    Kelly Moore

    November 25,2020

    Best of luck to you, Michael!

  • $50.00

    Anonymous

    November 23,2020

    And I'm hoping to be on faculty. a

  • $100.00

    john ward

    November 22,2020

  • $100.00

    Cenap Ilter

    November 22,2020

    Mike: I hope you and Gary will be very successful in this new path of yours.

  • $25.00

    Charles Cibulka

    November 21,2020

    Belief and I have to do something although it’s rough, I’ll be back 4 more!

  • $100.00

    Dr. Gus Del Rivero

    November 21,2020

    A wonderful idea, Mike. Congratulations.

  • $250.00

    Manahan Family LLC

    November 21,2020

  • $100.00

    Anisa Hans

    November 21,2020

    Sounds Awesome!

  • $1,000.00

    Anonymous

    November 21,2020

    This sounds like a great cause. Way to go Mike and Gary. Good luck!

  • $100.00

    Gary Polk

    November 21,2020

  • $25.00

    Claudine Polk

    November 19,2020

    Donated! Thanks Michael, Love this! Good Luck!

  • $20.00

    Joe Bergin

    November 19,2020

    This a most worthy cause

  • $20.00

    Joe Bergin

    November 19,2020

    This a most worthy cause

  • $20.00

    Michael Manahan

    November 18,2020

  • $20.00

    Anonymous

    November 16,2020

    This a most worthy cause

Empowering Underserved Minorities

badge Empowering Underserved Minorities

$5,163 of $20,000

raised from 66 people

Empowering Underserved Minorities

Michael Manahan, on behalf of

Polk Institute Foundation

Your donation will assist us in providing entrepreneurial education, mentoring and start up assistance to under served minority entrepreneurs through the non-profit Pi Foundation.

Michael Manahan

Polk Institute Foundation - Michael Manahan is cofounder of the foundation along with Professor Gary Polk.Our goal is to expose social entrepreneurship as a viable Business option and method to find true financial freedom to 70 of our targeted trainees underrepresented Black & Brown minorities. Our clients are serious about wanting to own a business.

Carson, California

Recent Donations

  • $50.00

    Deanie Pacheco

    3 days ago

    I have volunteered with the Polk Institute from the beginning. Watching the moments when the cohort clients get what they are learning are the reason why I keep volunteering. The Legacy Cohort and Cohort 1 & 2 have become family and I am excited to meet the people who are now applying for Cohort 3. 3 years and counting! Thank you Polk Institute Foundation and all the other volunteers for the great work you do!

  • $5.00

    Anonymous

    June 11,2021

    I support Minority owned businesses.

  • $10.00

    Anonymous

    March 20,2021

    It is crucial for students to learn entrepreneurial skills, especially in lieu of this pandemic. One thing we have learned is that you must have your own or you will be left out in the cold.

  • $500.00

    Mark Robertson

    February 03,2021

  • $10.00

    wendy bice

    January 19,2021

  • $50.00

    Trevor Shickman

    January 08,2021

  • $46.00

    Anonymous

    January 06,2021

    I can't wait to see the progress on this campaign. Thank you Professor Manahan!

  • $20.00

    Armaan Tondon

    December 28,2020

    Professor Polk said it right. Doing business should not be a zero sum game. Entrepreneurship can and should have a social impact associated with it.

  • $25.00

    Gene Siciliano

    December 21,2020

    Education is the key to everything.

  • $125.00

    Alex Bayer

    December 17,2020

    I am an avid supporter of Mike Manahan and what he is setting out to do, which is helping entrepreneurs everyday to grow and succeed

  • $150.00

    Anonymous

    December 16,2020

  • $10.00

    Marlene Hernandez

    December 13,2020

    I’m happy to help the organization

  • $100.00

    Markus Biegel

    December 12,2020

    Happy to contribute! :) Let me know if you need advisory board members.

  • $200.00

    Genevieve Manahan

    December 12,2020

  • $25.00

    Randi Correa

    December 12,2020

    Extra credit

  • $15.00

    Keyomah Palacio

    December 12,2020

    Extra credit

  • $25.00

    Vanessa Joaquin-Serrato

    December 11,2020

    FIN 375-40

  • $25.00

    Ayana Woods

    December 11,2020

  • $20.00

    Raenesha Garnett

    December 11,2020

    I am very happy to donate to a great cause. Thank you professor Manahan for providing ACC230 class with the knowledge about this empowering entrepreneurial partnership and the extra credit.

  • $25.00

    Lidia Avalos

    December 11,2020

    Thank you for an awesome semester ACC 230, also i apologize for not doing so well this semester

  • $20.00

    Jeremy De Jesus

    December 11,2020

    Hello professor this is Jeremy De Jesus from your ACC230-41 class. Thank you for your instruction this semester, Merry Christmas

  • $25.00

    Verdonna Pouncil

    December 11,2020

    I currently work for a non-profit and understand the importance of donations. I also like the idea of empowering minorities to achieve their goals. Keep up the great work.

  • $30.00

    Michelle Rangel

    December 11,2020

    Helping minorities who have limited resources is always a great thing. ACC 230

  • $5.00

    Anthony Akor

    December 10,2020

  • $20.00

    Anonymous

    December 10,2020

    It is amazing to see a program targeted students - underrepresented minorities.

  • $25.00

    Juli Brackett

    December 10,2020

    Thank you for a great semester! :)

  • $10.00

    Anthony Akor

    December 10,2020

  • $30.00

    Eddie Portillo

    December 10,2020

    From your FIN 375-40 class, I'm glad to help a good cause.

  • $25.00

    Journie Lopez

    December 10,2020

  • $20.00

    Jenna Sandall

    December 10,2020

  • $30.00

    Cherelle Tisby

    December 10,2020

    I am very excited to donate to such a great cause. Helping individuals that want to contribute to our country is admirable. Thank you for extending the opportunity to us.

  • $30.00

    Andrew Silva Jr

    December 10,2020

    https://www.youhelp.com/empowering-underserved-minorities

  • $7.00

    Rosalind Hinton-Owen

    December 10,2020

    I'm donating because I'm a African American woman owe owns a hair salon and I've understand the hard work that goes into that. I understand what it takes to continue to stand and have faith that It Is Well with our businesses. We serve our community by

  • $30.00

    Johnny-Halo Equihua III

    December 09,2020

    FIN 375-40

  • $30.00

    Valeria Ibanez Wood

    December 09,2020

  • $30.00

    Hunter Brabham

    December 09,2020

    Hey Professor, I hope to see more minority owned businesses in the future.

  • $30.00

    Anonymous

    December 09,2020

    From your class Fin 375 Jesus Fuentes Id# 204280895

  • $50.00

    Mike Marquez

    December 09,2020

    FIN375-40_2208_49163

  • $30.00

    Andres Martinez

    December 09,2020

    Happy to help new businesses, Also in your FIN375-40 0 49163 course.

  • $30.00

    Jason Gavello

    December 09,2020

    ACC230-05

  • $30.00

    Erick Peinado

    December 09,2020

    I am happy to donate to a nonprofit organization that will help teach those entrepreneurship skills.

  • $30.00

    shayla rivera

    December 09,2020

    Support ! -Shayla Rivera

  • $40.00

    Jia Remonte

    December 09,2020

    I support organizations that promote entrepreneurship, thus letting students know that we can be business owners of our own and what we are passionate about and not to just retrict ourselves on a typical 9 to 5 because that was instilled on us by the soci

  • $30.00

    ved shah

    December 09,2020

  • $30.00

    Alia Whirley

    December 09,2020

  • $30.00

    Silvia Origel

    December 09,2020

    Silvia Origel

  • $400.00

    Gary Polk

    December 05,2020

    Just to support our own cause

  • $25.00

    Joy Filius

    December 02,2020

    I wish something like this was available when I was younger.

  • $500.00

    Anonymous

    December 02,2020

  • $100.00

    Mary Whitehead

    December 02,2020

    Sounds like an excellent plan to help people

  • $50.00

    Steven Lee

    November 26,2020

    Sounds Good, Best of Luck.

  • $25.00

    Kelly Moore

    November 25,2020

    Best of luck to you, Michael!

  • $50.00

    Anonymous

    November 23,2020

    And I'm hoping to be on faculty. a

  • $100.00

    john ward

    November 22,2020

  • $100.00

    Cenap Ilter

    November 22,2020

    Mike: I hope you and Gary will be very successful in this new path of yours.

  • $25.00

    Charles Cibulka

    November 21,2020

    Belief and I have to do something although it’s rough, I’ll be back 4 more!

  • $100.00

    Dr. Gus Del Rivero

    November 21,2020

    A wonderful idea, Mike. Congratulations.

  • $250.00

    Manahan Family LLC

    November 21,2020

  • $100.00

    Anisa Hans

    November 21,2020

    Sounds Awesome!

  • $1,000.00

    Anonymous

    November 21,2020

    This sounds like a great cause. Way to go Mike and Gary. Good luck!

  • $100.00

    Gary Polk

    November 21,2020

  • $25.00

    Claudine Polk

    November 19,2020

    Donated! Thanks Michael, Love this! Good Luck!

  • $20.00

    Joe Bergin

    November 19,2020

    This a most worthy cause

  • $20.00

    Joe Bergin

    November 19,2020

    This a most worthy cause

  • $20.00

    Michael Manahan

    November 18,2020

  • $20.00

    Anonymous

    November 16,2020

    This a most worthy cause

Empowering Underserved Minorities

The Polk Institute Foundation is a non-profit graduate level training and technical institution that grants a master level certificate in entrepreneurship and that operates the Polk Institute Accelerator, a program designed to provide additional resources for the development, refinement and lau... Read More

Youhelp Share

Campaign URL:


The Polk Institute Foundation is a non-profit graduate level training and technical institution that grants a master level certificate in entrepreneurship and that operates the Polk Institute Accelerator, a program designed to provide additional resources for the development, refinement and launch of new businesses.  The Institute’s founder, Mr. Gary Polk, is a black businessman, university professor, and author, and CEO/Business consultant.

Our goal is to expose social entrepreneurship as a viable career option and method to find true financial freedom to our targeted  clients - underrepresented minorities.  Our clients are serious about wanting to own a business.  Admission requirements include preparing and presenting a one-page business plan.

We believe ethical behavior AND generating profits are not conflicting concepts.  Our motto for social entrepreneurship is PPP – People, Planet, and Profit…also known as the Triple Bottom Line.  We believe that ALL entrepreneurial ventures should be purpose-driven and represent the passion of the Founder.  

Program Highlights:

US students eligible for full scholarship
Institute funded through government, corporate and foundation grants and public/private donations.
Open to clients with life experiences and undergraduate degrees.
Facilitators will be the business leaders in their field of discipline, not academics.
Preparing clients for leadership in a small business or entrepreneurial venture
40-week program of required and elective workshops.
Small cohort style collaborative learning groups.
Online learning and face-to-face workshops using Zoom or similar conferencing platform.
Capstone business plan project required for advancement to next phase.
Clients move on the accelerator to launch their businesses.

Polk Institute Foundation Accelerator - The accelerator provides additional resources to our clients along with ongoing encouragement, to increase the likelihood of the launch of new ventures, and the success of those new ventures.  Our clients will have access to mentors, collaborative peer support groups, business experts, attorneys, accountants, advisory board members and ongoing education to assist the entrepreneur in getting the business from concept to launch.  



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