Grant Thornton LLP — Since its launch five years ago, the Ghana Project has become the most prominent example of Bentley’s global initiatives. In 2009, Bentley University received a $50,000 gift from Grant Thornton that established the Global Social Responsibility (GSR) Internship award. Bentley students who complete an eight-week practicum with partner organizations in Ghana receive a $1,000 stipend. The practicum allows Bentley students to engage in socially responsible work — applying their business skills, while gaining valuable life experiences in a developing economy. Learn more about Grant Thornton’s gift to Bentley.
Intuit — In 2009, the role of Bentley students in Ghana expanded as they began working with partner organizations as consultants. Students were tasked with establishing better accounting systems to improve the day-to-day operations of these organizations and to position them for long-term growth and eligibility to receive development funds. Critical to the goal of implementing better accounting systems is the appropriate technology and Quickbook has proven to be the perfect tool for this undertaking. Intuit, Inc. maker of Quickbooks, donated a 50-seat license to Bentley to support this endeavor.
The Diaspora African Forum has provided Bentley with a beautiful office in Accra, which will serve as home base. Students will meet in the conference room, provided by the DAF, for weekly reflection sessions. Our partner organizations will also be invited to planning sessions at the Bentley Office, where we hope to be able to provide additional business consulting services.
Hope for Africa, a Newton-based NGO with several economic development projects in Ghana and Benin, is also partnering with Bentley as Hope for Africa shares our goal of creating opportunities for students to learn and work in Ghana. Alga Hope, the executive director of Hope for Africa, has helped us identify partner organizations and plan projects.