Sorenson Impact Center

Sorenson Impact Center

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Sorenson Impact Center

Salt Lake City, United States

David Eccles School of Business
University of Utah


At the Sorenson Impact Center, we marshal capital for social good, empower data-driven programs, break down silos across sectors, and equip the next generation of leaders with social purpose. 

Main Activities

Endowed by James Lee Sorenson in 2013, Sorenson Impact focuses on impact investing; impact measurement; program performance & innovation; and field-building. Since its inception, Sorenson Impact has leveraged seed funds with the following results: direct facilitation of over $100 million in impact investments in over 15 countries; acquisition of 4 U.S. Federal grants for advancing Social Impact Bond development in areas such as criminal recidivism, early childhood outcomes, mental health, and homelessness; raising $10 million in venture capital for University Venture Fund II; and endowing two full professorships focused on social impact.

In four years, the Center has grown to 30 full-time professional staff with an annual operating budget of $6 million. 

Organizational Structure

30 staff, 50 interns, strong data science team, run impact investing funds focused on the US and on emerging markets, part of a large Research I university.


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