Jason Saul
Jason Saul

Adjunct Lecturer of Executive Education

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Jason Saul is one of the nation’s leading experts on measuring social impact.  He is the founder and CEO of Mission Measurement LLC, a strategy consulting firm that helps corporations, nonprofits and public sector clients to measure and improve their social impact.  He has advised some of the world’s largest corporations, government agencies and nonprofits, including: Walmart, Starbucks, McDonald’s, Kraft Foods, Levi Strauss & Co., Easter Seals, American Red Cross, the Smithsonian and the U.S. Agency for International Development.  Prior to founding Mission Measurement, Jason practiced as a public finance attorney at Mayer Brown LLP in Chicago.

Jason serves on the faculty of Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, where he teaches corporate social responsibility and nonprofit management.  He also serves on the faculty of Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship.  Jason is the founder of the Center for What Works, a national nonprofit focused on benchmarking and performance measurement.  He is the author of numerous books and articles on social strategy and measurement, including: Benchmarking for Nonprofits: How to Manage, Measure and Improve Performance (Fieldstone Press 2006); Social Innovation, Inc.: Five Strategies to Drive Business Value through Social Change (Jossey-Bass, October 2010); and The End of Fundraising: How to Raise More by Selling Your Impact (Jossey-Bass, March 2011).

Jason was awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship for leadership and public service and was selected as a Leadership Greater Chicago fellow.  In 2008, Jason was recognized as one of Crain’s Chicago Business “40 under 40” business leaders, and in 2010, he was named by Businessweek Magazine as one of the Nation’s 25 Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs.  In 2011, Jason was appointed as an academic advisor to the Chief Marketing Officer’s Council and Advisory Board.

Jason holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, an M.P.P. from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A. in Government and French Literature from Cornell University.

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JD, 1996, University of Virginia School of Law
MPP, 1993, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
BA, 1991, Cornell University

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Research Interests
Corporate social responsibility, corporate philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, performance measurement and evaluation

Winkler, Mary Kopczynski, Mary M. Lampkin, Janelle Kerlin, Harry P. Hatry, Debra Natenshon, Jason Saul, Julia Melkers and Anna Seshadri. 2006. Building a Common Outcome Framework To Measure Nonprofit Performance. The Urban Institute.: 2006.
Working Papers
Saul, Jason. The End of Social Responsibility: How Corporations Can Create Business Value through Social Innovation.
Saul, Jason. Nonprofit Business Intelligence.
Saul, Jason. 2004. Benchmarking for Nonprofits: How to Measure, Manage and Improve Performance. Fieldstone.

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Full-Time / Evening & Weekend MBA
Corporate Social Innovation (KPPI-917-5)

**This course was formerly known as KPPI-917-A/KPPI-917-B**

The bar for success in business has been radically raised—society’s expectations of the private sector have never been greater, and today’s C-suite understands that responsible business leadership is not only about share value, but about shared value. Responsible business practices are critical to the sustainability of financial success as well as to a company’s and a leader’s legacy in addressing the most pressing challenges of our day. PwC’s Chief Purpose Officer, Shannon Schuyler, will teach this course about purpose within and across the enterprise. The course will explore the role of personal and corporate purpose when organizations respond and react to forces like: current megatrends such as urbanization, climate change, resource scarcity, and more; incidents and global shifts like disasters, Brexit, immigration and refugee challenges; the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and sustainability benchmarking; governmental and other partnerships, regulation, and global and social policy. This course will be both enlightening and thought-provoking on the evolving and increasingly important role of business in resolving some of society’s most critical issues.