MBA Challenge for Charity
A student-run club that organizes volunteering and fundraising events for our community partners: The Special Olympics of Northern California, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Sacramento and Habitat for Humanity.

We host a number of events—for students as well as faculty, staff, alumni and the greater community—to raise funds for our partners. In addition, we set up volunteering opportunities where our students can go and interact with the children at the Boys & Girls Club and the Special Olympics, and build houses for Habitat for Humanity.

Check out our Facebook page for the latest information and pictures from our recent events!

MBA Challenge for Charity (C4C) is a nonprofit organization that started at Stanford University and has grown to nine chapters at top West Coast business schools. The largest of its kind in the world, C4C draws on the talents, energy and efforts of MBA students to infuse business leaders with a lifelong commitment to community involvement and social responsibility.

The chapters compete in fundraising efforts, volunteer events and athletic competitions in pursuit of the coveted “Golden Briefcase,” which is awarded to the school that achieves the highest score in the following categories:

  • Most hours volunteered on a per-student basis throughout the year.
  • Most money raised on a per-student basis throughout the year.
  • Best sports performance at C4C weekend in the spring.

Our Chapter History

UC Davis has been a member of C4C since 2004. Our charity partners are the Special Olympics of Northern California, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Sacramento, and recently added Habitat for Humanity as one of our partners.

Last year we raised more than $12,000 and volunteered an average of 6.2 hours per student. 

For more information on our partners, please refer to our resources page.

Meet our Board

Justin Chen


Justin is a 2017 MBA candidate focusing on product management and strategic planning. As a community service enthusiast, he volunteered for Kids Program of Yellow Bike Project, VITA program and Sacramento SPCA. Also, he worked as a marketing researcher for The J. David Gladstone Institute (NGO), which is dedicated to overcoming major unsolved diseases. 

Adesh Gupta

VP of Finance

Adesh is a 2017 MBA candidate with focus in marketing, operations and data analytics. He is passionate about community development and is involved in pro-bono activities. While an undergraduate, he volunteered to educate underprivileged children. His contributions in CSR initiatives includes planting trees, rain water harvesting, building solar plants and green rallies. As a member of C4C, he wants to realize his social responsibilities and continue to contribute to the community

Manik Yarragangu

VP of Marketing

Manik is a Full-Time MBA candidate focusing on business analytics and entrepreneurship. He has a degree in electronics and communication. Prior to attending UC Davis, he started his own firm along with his family in the construction field. He led and organized a team of 30 to execute project worth $ 2 million. He also worked with Cognizant as a program analyst, interacting with teams across the globe. He is an avid follower of soccer and trance music fan

Manuel Ferrer

VP of Event Management

Manuel is a class of 2017 MBA candidate. He is passionate about strategy, technology management and data analytics. Manuel’s involvement in community service started in high school, where he participated in a Volunteer Day event at the San Francisco Zoo. While attending the University of San Francisco for his undergraduate degree, Manuel volunteered at multiple venues, including Habitat of Humanity, AIDs LifeCycle and an inner-city community center for seniors. After graduating from USF, Manuel continued his charity work by helping local gyms plan and run multiple cancer research fundraisers.

Support our charities

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Special Olympics of Northern California

Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition to more than 13,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities in 47 Northern California counties.

For more information, visit

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Sacramento

The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Sacramento has a mission to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

For more information, visit

Sacramento Habitat for Humanity

Sacramento Habitat for Humanity is a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International whose mission is to eliminate poverty housing worldwide and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience. SHFH is one of almost 1600 affiliates serving the United States and 90 developing countries around the world.

For more information, visit