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Santa Clara University invites all who have a heart for a more just sustainable world, to an evening celebrating the social enterprise movement and its leaders.

On Thursday, April 30th at 6pm, Santa Clara University will bring together Silicon Valley and all who have a heart for a more just, sustainable world for an evening celebrating the social enterprise movement and its leaders.

Join us, as we honor extraordinary individuals - Charly and Lisa Kleissner of KL Felicitas Foundation and Matt Flannery of Kiva- whose work embodies singular compassion, broad vision, and systemic change through social enterprise. 

Located at Santa Clara University campus, the evening will feature a cocktail hour showcase of innovations for humanity by social entrepreneurs, student fellows, a grand dinner, and a room full of people who want more impact and more meaningful lives.


What Is The Social Enterprise Movement?

Across the globe, from Silicon Valley to Sierra Leone, a growing army of visionary people are alleviating poverty by taking a creative business approach to solving community-wide problems. These social entrepreneurs are forging innovative and sustainable solutions to create better food security, clean drinking water, better education, higher employment, affordable clean energy, and economic empowerment. 

About Us

With our roots in Silicon Valley, our Jesuit mission, academic rigor, and worldwide network of Jesuit institutions, Santa Clara University is uniquely positioned to harness the talent of Silicon Valley in service to humanity. Pioneers in social enterprise since 1997, SCU’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society engages Silicon Valley business acumen and the talents of students, faculty and alumni to support social enterprise through a suite of well-respected programs. 

Our flagship Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®) is internationally renowned for its high-quality training and robust mentorship of over 300 social enterprises who have collectively impacted more than 100 million lives.

Come to Magis on Thursday, April 30th. 



Magis: (“mah-jis”) is a Latin term for “more.” 

In the Ignatian tradition, Magis refers to a perpetual personal drive to question: what more can I do for humanity? St. Ignatius of Loyola used the term to urge others to live more generously. Often associated with the Latin phrase Ad majorem Dei gloriam, “For the greater glory of God,” Magis is an inspiration and a call to action.

It suggests not just an act, or series of acts, but a lifestyle and approach to relationships that demonstrate a person’s deep commitment to strive continually for “more” good. We believe those who drive the social enterprise movement uniquely embody the shining spirit of Magis. They are visionaries, risk-takers, and people of great unseen sacrifices. They challenge notions of what is possible to forge a path to a more just, humane, and sustainable world, where the poorest among us do not lack for basic human needs, such as clean drinking water, energy, food, shelter, and health care.

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