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The Polk Institute of Social Entrepreneurship is a non-profit graduate level educational institution that grants a master’s equivalent degree in entrepreneurship and that operates the Polk Institute Entrepreneur Accelerator, a program designed to provide additional resources for the developmen... Read More

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The Polk Institute of Social Entrepreneurship is a non-profit graduate level educational institution that grants a master’s equivalent degree in entrepreneurship and that operates the Polk Institute Entrepreneur 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  students - underrepresented minorities.  Our students are serious about wanting to own a business.  Admission requirements include a 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
Open to students with life experiences and undergraduate degrees
Professors will be business leaders in their field of discipline, not academics
Preparing students for leadership in a small business or entrepreneurial venture
40-week program of required and elective courses
Small cohort style collaborative learning groups
Online learning and face-to-face classes using Zoom or similar conferencing platform
Capstone business plan project required for graduation
Graduates move on the accelerator to launch their businesses

Polk Institute Entrepreneurial Accelerator - The accelerator provides additional resources to our graduates along with ongoing encouragement, to increase the likelihood of the launch of new ventures, and the success of those new ventures.  Our graduates 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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Empowering Underserved Minorities

$5,113 of $100,000

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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 Polk Institute of Social Entrepreneurship. Our goal is to launch 1,000 minority owned businesses in the next ten years.

Michael Manahan

Polk Institute Foundation - Michael Manahan is cofounder of the foundation along with Professor Gary Polk

C S U Dom Hls, California

Recent Donations

  • $5.00

    Anonymous

    3 months ago

    I support Minority owned businesses.

  • $10.00

    Anonymous

    6 months ago

    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

    8 months ago

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    wendy bice

    8 months ago

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    Trevor Shickman

    9 months ago

  • $46.00

    Anonymous

    9 months ago

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

  • $20.00

    Armaan Tondon

    9 months ago

    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

    9 months ago

    Education is the key to everything.

  • $125.00

    Alex Bayer

    9 months ago

    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

    9 months ago

  • $10.00

    Marlene Hernandez

    9 months ago

    I’m happy to help the organization

  • $100.00

    Markus Biegel

    9 months ago

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

  • $200.00

    Genevieve Manahan

    9 months ago

  • $25.00

    Randi Correa

    9 months ago

    Extra credit

  • $15.00

    Keyomah Palacio

    9 months ago

    Extra credit

  • $25.00

    Vanessa Joaquin-Serrato

    9 months ago

    FIN 375-40

  • $25.00

    Ayana Woods

    9 months ago

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    Raenesha Garnett

    9 months ago

    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

    9 months ago

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

  • $20.00

    Jeremy De Jesus

    9 months ago

    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

    9 months ago

    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

    9 months ago

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

  • $5.00

    Anthony Akor

    9 months ago

  • $20.00

    Anonymous

    9 months ago

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

  • $25.00

    Juli Brackett

    9 months ago

    Thank you for a great semester! :)

  • $10.00

    Anthony Akor

    9 months ago

  • $30.00

    Eddie Portillo

    9 months ago

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

  • $25.00

    Journie Lopez

    9 months ago

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    Jenna Sandall

    9 months ago

  • $30.00

    Cherelle Tisby

    10 months ago

    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

    10 months ago

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

  • $7.00

    Rosalind Hinton-Owen

    10 months ago

    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

    10 months ago

    FIN 375-40

  • $30.00

    Valeria Ibanez Wood

    10 months ago

  • $30.00

    Hunter Brabham

    10 months ago

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

  • $30.00

    Anonymous

    10 months ago

    From your class Fin 375 Jesus Fuentes Id# 204280895

  • $50.00

    Mike Marquez

    10 months ago

    FIN375-40_2208_49163

  • $30.00

    Andres Martinez

    10 months ago

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

  • $30.00

    Jason Gavello

    10 months ago

    ACC230-05

  • $30.00

    Erick Peinado

    10 months ago

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

  • $30.00

    shayla rivera

    10 months ago

    Support ! -Shayla Rivera

  • $40.00

    Jia Remonte

    10 months ago

    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

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    ved shah

    10 months ago

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    Alia Whirley

    10 months ago

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    Silvia Origel

    10 months ago

    Silvia Origel

  • $400.00

    Gary Polk

    10 months ago

    Just to support our own cause

  • $25.00

    Joy Filius

    10 months ago

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

  • $500.00

    Anonymous

    10 months ago

  • $100.00

    Mary Whitehead

    10 months ago

    Sounds like an excellent plan to help people

  • $50.00

    Steven Lee

    10 months ago

    Sounds Good, Best of Luck.

  • $25.00

    Kelly Moore

    10 months ago

    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

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    Joe Bergin

    November 19,2020

    This a most worthy cause

  • $20.00

    Michael Manahan

    November 18,2020

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    Anonymous

    November 16,2020

    This a most worthy cause