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The Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact seeks to scale 92Y’s renowned programming by leveraging the power of new and social media, partnerships and collaboration within 92Y’s diverse programming centers to strengthen and extend the reach of 92Y’s core values — intellectual exploration and dialogue, community, thought leadership and innovation as a driver of social change.

The new name of the Belfer Center was announced on May 26, 2016. Read the announcement.

Explore our program sites

  • Founded by 92Y in 2012, #GivingTuesday has grown into a groundbreaking global giving movement. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take action on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in whatever way is meaningful for them: with donations, by volunteering, through acts of kindness and connection, or advocacy.

  • In the spirit of Benjamin Franklin’s mutual-improvement club, Ben Franklin Circles gives anyone anywhere the tools to convene their own “junto” and spark discussions about virtue, ethics, leadership, and community in the 21st century to improve ourselves and the world around us.

  • The unique Women inPower Fellowship program provides senior-level women across professional sectors the resources needed to advance to the top levels of leadership in their fields. The program is now scaling to cities around the world through a chapter program.

  • 7 Days of Genius is a global festival of creativity to advance the common good. For one week, communities around the world come together to create and celebrate new genius solutions to some of the world’s most pressing social issues.

  • Presented in partnership with Mashable, the United Nations Foundation and the UN Development Programme, the Social Good Summit is a conference that brings together leaders, philanthropists, activists and entrepreneurs from around the globe to explore how we can use innovations in media and technology to make the world a better place by the year 2030.

  • For 16 years, 92Y has run the Ford Motor Company International Fellowship for a diverse group of successful global social entrepreneurs. Beginning in 2018, the Ford Motor Company Fellowship will convene nonprofit and social change leaders from one region outside the US (Brazil in 2018) in an innovative leadership-training and skill-building program in that region.

  • 92Y’s Bronfman Center for Jewish Life and the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact are collaborating to launch the 92Y Jewish Innovation Fellowship, a brand new nondenominational fellowship program for rabbinical students in NYC.

  • 92Y American Conversation brings the very best in political, economic and cultural dialogue for all Americans.

Past programs

  • In collaboration with PRI & Mic, The UnConvention engaged millennials in the 2016 Election and sparked dialogue on the top issues facing young people in America.

  • An initiative of the NYC Economic Development Corporation and 92Y, NYC Fashion Fellows was a year-long fellowship program designed for rising stars in fashion management. Fellows received mentoring, networking and community-building opportunities, as well as continuing education and career advancement workshops with industry professionals and their peers to measurably accelerate their careers.

  • An initiative of the NYC Economic Development Corporation and 92Y, NYC Venture Fellows is a world class, year-long fellowship program designed to help high potential entrepreneurs scale their ventures in New York City. Sunsetted by 92Y in 2016, the program is now run by Grand Central Tech.

  • In December 2016, 92Y convened highly curated decision-makers and the general public in NYC and online to discuss and experience how science and technology are shaping our future. The Future.Today Summit featured in-person activations and onstage conversations with experts on topics like the future of artificial intelligence, techno-governing and the first amendment.

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