California Institute for Social Business, CSU-Channel Islands


The California Institute for Social Business (CISB) was established in 2010 in collaboration with Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Muhammad Yunus as part of the CSU-Channel Islands’ commitment to prepare students for the world they will inherit upon graduation.

The CISB addresses the need for students to participate in local and global experiences and learn new methods of alleviating serious social ills that impact our region and the world.The CISB provides both undergraduate and graduate students opportunities for learning about and addressing local and far-reaching social ills through the application, study and development of Professor Yunus’ notions of social business.

The Hilton Foundation helped to launch the CISB with the award of a $300,000 grant. Dr. Yunus, Founder of the Grameen Bank and the originator of the concept of microcredit and social business, received the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Award in 1998.


CSU - Channel Islands

California Institute for Social Business

Martin Loeffler