Launched in 2017, the Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship at NYU School of Law is the first center of its kind at a law school and it is advancing a global movement that creates new ways for law and lawyers to drive positive change in the world.
The mission of the Grunin Center is to enhance the community of lawyers and legal institutions engaged in social entrepreneurship and impact investing, and to accelerate their effective participation in the field. To fulfill this mission, the Grunin Center educates students and practicing lawyers about legal issues in the field of social entrepreneurship and impact investing; disseminates knowledge and legal research about law and policy developments in the field; and collaborates with other field-building organizations, universities, and research centers.
Omidyar Network is supporting the Grunin Center to develop an interdisciplinary case study series envisioned to focus on impact investment vehicles that blend and scale capital with varying return expectations from a range of private and public sources. The Grunin Center, in partnership with the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, will initially examine the MicroBuild Fund, a demonstration impact investment fund with blended capital aimed at spurring housing microfinance around the globe.