Scott Taitel

Clinical Professor of Public Service; Director of Social Impact, Innovation, and Investment Specialization

3070 Puck Building
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3 - 4 PM
Scott Taitel

Scott Taitel is Clinical Professor of Public Service and Director of Social Impact, Innovation & Investment at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.  He received the Professor of the Year Award at Wagner’s 2017 convocation. He teaches numerous courses including Managing Financial and Social Returns of Social Enterprises, Social Impact Investment, Corporate Finance & Public Policy, and Financial Management for Global Nonprofit Organizations and leads an interdisciplinary course of NYU Wagner and NYU Stern Business students in the development of a student-operated Impact Investment Fund.

 

Professor Taitel has also created the Social Innovation & Investment Initiative at Wagner which serves as a central hub and incubator in the field of social finance bringing together policymakers, philanthropists, finance professionals, nonprofits and foundations to collaboratively strengthen the growing field.  The Initiative has received funding from the Ford Foundation, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

 

As former Chief Operating Officer for the Clinton Foundation’s Enterprise Partnership, Professor Taitel was responsible for establishing impact investment funds and the oversight of a portfolio of social enterprises as well as economic development, health and nutrition projects throughout the developing world.

 

Prior to joining the Clinton Foundation, Professor Taitel was a managing partner of an international venture capital firm and held numerous senior executive roles in both private and public multinational technology companies.  His earlier career was as an economic development planner with both urban government and community action agencies.

 

Professor Taitel has a Bachelor’s degree in Policy Studies from Syracuse University and an MBA from Northeastern University where he taught as an adjunct faculty member.

This course introduces students to the main areas of corporate finance and how they relate to policy issues and discussions. The course covers topics in the three main areas of corporate finance: 1) capital structure (financing choices), 2) valuation (project and firm valuation) and 3) corporate governance (optimal governance structures). We will analyze how public policy, through taxes, public expenditures and regulation, affect these aspects of corporate finance. The course will additionally explore how key economic events have shaped public policy and influenced corporate financial practices. Case analysis will be used to enable students to understand practical application of the corporate finance theory introduced in the course and will also incorporate discussion of corporate finance in the context of social enterprises. 

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This course provides an introduction to the impact investment landscape, the evolution of impact investment as an asset class and the opportunities and challenges for investors seeking meaningful impact investment vehicles. The course will also teach the process by which an investor performs financial due diligence on a social enterprise to render a responsible investment decision. Students will learn the entire impact investment process from deal sourcing to investment structuring to monitoring financial and social returns.  Through a combination of readings, case studies, class discussion and projects, students will gain deep insight into the perspective of the venture philanthropist and the impact investor (including NGO managers). The course will explore the impact investment financial environment including pioneering concepts such as Social Impact Bonds, successes and failures to date, mobilization of investors, allocation of capital, and the prospects for the future of impact investing. The course will explore impact investment both domestically and in the developing world.

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The NYU Impact Investment Fund (NIIF) is a unique inter-disciplinary, experiential learning course which is offered in tandem with a student-led and operated Impact Investing Fund of the same name. For students to participate in the Fund they are required to be enrolled in this course.

The creation of NIIF has been approved by the Deans of both Wagner and Stern. NIIF is operated under the guidelines of an Operational Handbook which has been reviewed by the NYU Office of General Counsel. Investment transactions made during the course are supported by the Business Law and International Transactions Clinics of the NYU Law School resulting in a three school interdisciplinary collaboration offering students the opportunity to interact with their peers across the University ecosystem.

Students participating in NIIF are expected to enroll in the NIIF course for the full academic year (fall and spring) and will receive 1.5 credits for each semester of participation. The course will meet every other week, but students are expected to complete assignments and deliverables during weeks that the class does not meet to assure the investment processes and momentum are responsibly maintained.

The class will be divided into five Deal Teams. The Deal Teams will have a sectoral focus (e.g., Financial Inclusion, Environment, Healthcare/Aging, Education and Food Systems) for sourcing prospective investment clients.

The teams will also have access to the MIINT (MBA Impact Investing Network & Training) program which is a competitive experiential on-line lab designed to give students at graduate schools a hands-on education in impact investing. The NIIF Investment Committee will recommend one of the teams to compete in the finals of MIINT where top graduate schools present to a judging committee composed of industry leaders in impact investing. Those participating in MIINT will have some additional deliverables in accordance with the MIINT program guidelines though the majority of the requirements align with deliverables identified in this Syllabus for the NIIF class as a whole.

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This course provides an introduction to the impact investment landscape, the evolution of impact investment as an asset class and the opportunities and challenges for investors seeking meaningful impact investment vehicles. The course will also teach the process by which an investor performs financial due diligence on a social enterprise to render a responsible investment decision. Students will learn the entire impact investment process from deal sourcing to investment structuring to monitoring financial and social returns.  Through a combination of readings, case studies, class discussion and projects, students will gain deep insight into the perspective of the venture philanthropist and the impact investor (including NGO managers). The course will explore the impact investment financial environment including pioneering concepts such as Social Impact Bonds, successes and failures to date, mobilization of investors, allocation of capital, and the prospects for the future of impact investing. The course will explore impact investment both domestically and in the developing world.

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This course will explore best and evolving practices in the financial management and impact measurement of social enterprises.  The class will be taught from the perspective of the social entrepreneur and social enterprise manager and introduce cases to assess financial challenges, fiscal performance and financing strategy of pioneering firms with a social mission.  We will explore trends, successes and failures in managing enterprises to achieve both financial and social returns.  Measuring social impact in tandem with financial performance will be a core component of the course with topics including triple bottom line accounting, impact measurement, impact reporting and correlation between operating performance and impact sustainability.  Students will be introduced to accounting and reporting methods necessary to responsibly calculate and communicate financial and social returns to investors and stakeholders. This course will delve into the financial, operational and strategic management of social enterprises in domestic and international settings including developing nations. 

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This course introduces students to the main areas of corporate finance and how they relate to policy issues and discussions. The course covers topics in the three main areas of corporate finance: 1) capital structure (financing choices), 2) valuation (project and firm valuation) and 3) corporate governance (optimal governance structures). We will analyze how public policy, through taxes, public expenditures and regulation, affect these aspects of corporate finance. The course will additionally explore how key economic events have shaped public policy and influenced corporate financial practices. Case analysis will be used to enable students to understand practical application of the corporate finance theory introduced in the course and will also incorporate discussion of corporate finance in the context of social enterprises. 

Download Syllabus

This course provides an introduction to the impact investment landscape, the evolution of impact investment as an asset class and the opportunities and challenges for investors seeking meaningful impact investment vehicles. The course will also teach the process by which an investor performs financial due diligence on a social enterprise to render a responsible investment decision. Students will learn the entire impact investment process from deal sourcing to investment structuring to monitoring financial and social returns.  Through a combination of readings, case studies, class discussion and projects, students will gain deep insight into the perspective of the venture philanthropist and the impact investor (including NGO managers). The course will explore the impact investment financial environment including pioneering concepts such as Social Impact Bonds, successes and failures to date, mobilization of investors, allocation of capital, and the prospects for the future of impact investing. The course will explore impact investment both domestically and in the developing world.

Download Syllabus

This course provides an introduction to the impact investment landscape, the evolution of impact investment as an asset class and the opportunities and challenges for investors seeking meaningful impact investment vehicles. The course will also teach the process by which an investor performs financial due diligence on a social enterprise to render a responsible investment decision. Students will learn the entire impact investment process from deal sourcing to investment structuring to monitoring financial and social returns.  Through a combination of readings, case studies, class discussion and projects, students will gain deep insight into the perspective of the venture philanthropist and the impact investor (including NGO managers). The course will explore the impact investment financial environment including pioneering concepts such as Social Impact Bonds, successes and failures to date, mobilization of investors, allocation of capital, and the prospects for the future of impact investing. The course will explore impact investment both domestically and in the developing world.

Download Syllabus

This course will explore best and evolving practices in the financial management and impact measurement of social enterprises.  The class will be taught from the perspective of the social entrepreneur and social enterprise manager and introduce cases to assess financial challenges, fiscal performance and financing strategy of pioneering firms with a social mission.  We will explore trends, successes and failures in managing enterprises to achieve both financial and social returns.  Measuring social impact in tandem with financial performance will be a core component of the course with topics including triple bottom line accounting, impact measurement, impact reporting and correlation between operating performance and impact sustainability.  Students will be introduced to accounting and reporting methods necessary to responsibly calculate and communicate financial and social returns to investors and stakeholders. This course will delve into the financial, operational and strategic management of social enterprises in domestic and international settings including developing nations. 

Download Syllabus

This course introduces students to the main areas of corporate finance and how they relate to policy issues and discussions. The course covers topics in the three main areas of corporate finance: 1) capital structure (financing choices), 2) valuation (project and firm valuation) and 3) corporate governance (optimal governance structures). We will analyze how public policy, through taxes, public expenditures and regulation, affect these aspects of corporate finance. The course will additionally explore how key economic events have shaped public policy and influenced corporate financial practices. Case analysis will be used to enable students to understand practical application of the corporate finance theory introduced in the course and will also incorporate discussion of corporate finance in the context of social enterprises. 

Download Syllabus

This course provides an introduction to the impact investment landscape, the evolution of impact investment as an asset class and the opportunities and challenges for investors seeking meaningful impact investment vehicles. The course will also teach the process by which an investor performs financial due diligence on a social enterprise to render a responsible investment decision. Students will learn the entire impact investment process from deal sourcing to investment structuring to monitoring financial and social returns.  Through a combination of readings, case studies, class discussion and projects, students will gain deep insight into the perspective of the venture philanthropist and the impact investor (including NGO managers). The course will explore the impact investment financial environment including pioneering concepts such as Social Impact Bonds, successes and failures to date, mobilization of investors, allocation of capital, and the prospects for the future of impact investing. The course will explore impact investment both domestically and in the developing world.

Download Syllabus

This course provides an introduction to the impact investment landscape, the evolution of impact investment as an asset class and the opportunities and challenges for investors seeking meaningful impact investment vehicles. The course will also teach the process by which an investor performs financial due diligence on a social enterprise to render a responsible investment decision. Students will learn the entire impact investment process from deal sourcing to investment structuring to monitoring financial and social returns.  Through a combination of readings, case studies, class discussion and projects, students will gain deep insight into the perspective of the venture philanthropist and the impact investor (including NGO managers). The course will explore the impact investment financial environment including pioneering concepts such as Social Impact Bonds, successes and failures to date, mobilization of investors, allocation of capital, and the prospects for the future of impact investing. The course will explore impact investment both domestically and in the developing world.

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This course focuses on financial management concepts and skills that are crucial for nonprofit organizations to achieve their mission. This course builds on the themes, concepts and theories covered in the Core Financial Management course and provides students the opportunity to apply that knowledge to an operational context.  Case methodology will be utilized to examine financial management practices of NGOs and nonprofit entities throughout the world. Through these cases, we will look at organizations' approach to cash flow management, revenue and earned income management, capital budgeting, cost analysis and allocation, investment management, the analysis of new programmatic investments, project finance, and strategic financial analysis. This course is relevant to students interested in working with or in both domestic and international organizations.

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This course introduces students to the main areas of corporate finance and how they relate to policy issues and discussions. The course covers topics in the three main areas of corporate finance: 1) capital structure (financing choices), 2) valuation (project and firm valuation) and 3) corporate governance (optimal governance structures). We will analyze how public policy, through taxes, public expenditures and regulation, affect these aspects of corporate finance. The course will additionally explore how key economic events have shaped public policy and influenced corporate financial practices. Case analysis will be used to enable students to understand practical application of the corporate finance theory introduced in the course and will also incorporate discussion of corporate finance in the context of social enterprises. 

Download Syllabus

This course introduces students to the main areas of corporate finance and how they relate to policy issues and discussions. The course covers topics in the three main areas of corporate finance: 1) capital structure (financing choices), 2) valuation (project and firm valuation) and 3) corporate governance (optimal governance structures). We will analyze how public policy, through taxes, public expenditures and regulation, affect these aspects of corporate finance. The course will additionally explore how key economic events have shaped public policy and influenced corporate financial practices. Case analysis will be used to enable students to understand practical application of the corporate finance theory introduced in the course and will also incorporate discussion of corporate finance in the context of social enterprises. 

Download Syllabus

This course provides an introduction to the impact investment landscape, the evolution of impact investment as an asset class and the opportunities and challenges for investors seeking meaningful impact investment vehicles. The course will also teach the process by which an investor performs financial due diligence on a social enterprise to render a responsible investment decision. Students will learn the entire impact investment process from deal sourcing to investment structuring to monitoring financial and social returns.  Through a combination of readings, case studies, class discussion and projects, students will gain deep insight into the perspective of the venture philanthropist and the impact investor (including NGO managers). The course will explore the impact investment financial environment including pioneering concepts such as Social Impact Bonds, successes and failures to date, mobilization of investors, allocation of capital, and the prospects for the future of impact investing. The course will explore impact investment both domestically and in the developing world.

Download Syllabus

This course will explore best and evolving practices in the financial management and impact measurement of social enterprises.  The class will be taught from the perspective of the social entrepreneur and social enterprise manager and introduce cases to assess financial challenges, fiscal performance and financing strategy of pioneering firms with a social mission.  We will explore trends, successes and failures in managing enterprises to achieve both financial and social returns.  Measuring social impact in tandem with financial performance will be a core component of the course with topics including triple bottom line accounting, impact measurement, impact reporting and correlation between operating performance and impact sustainability.  Students will be introduced to accounting and reporting methods necessary to responsibly calculate and communicate financial and social returns to investors and stakeholders. This course will delve into the financial, operational and strategic management of social enterprises in domestic and international settings including developing nations. 

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The focus of this course is on the budget process for health care organizations. Participants are exposed to specific techniques of health care budgeting and variance analysis. The objectives for this course are for participants to improve their understanding of the budget process as it applies to health care organizations and to learn valuable specific techniques of budgeting and variance analysis. This course accomplishes its objectives by covering a wide range of budgeting topics from introductory through advanced. The course is provided in an online format.

The course has six weeks of lessons. Each week there are approximately 3 hours of Lessons using video imaging, audio, and power point slides. Students watch and listen to these Lessons online at their convenience via a Blackboard website. During each week students participate in online discussions focusing on not only the Lessons, but also readings and homework problem sets that are assigned for that week. Students taking the course for Graduate credit are required to email homework assignments each week.

Topics covered include an introduction and overview of health care budgeting covering basic definitions, purposes, and uses of budgets in health care, the long range plan, programming, operating budgets, capital budgets, and fixed and variable costs. A nursing unit operating budget is examined in detail. Additional topics covered include zero based budgeting, cost estimation and forecasting, break-even analysis, performance budgeting, flexible budget variance analysis and capital budgeting. Health care examples and applications are used throughout all parts of the organization.

Another objective of the course is to provide a working knowledge of the Excel computer software program to class participants who are not already conversant in Excel. Tutorial lessons in Excel are provided covering the basic mechanics of Excel, Excel graphs (charts), and budgeting applications of Excel.

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This course provides an introduction to the impact investment landscape, the evolution of impact investment as an asset class and the opportunities and challenges for investors seeking meaningful impact investment vehicles. The course will also teach the process by which an investor performs financial due diligence on a social enterprise to render a responsible investment decision. Students will learn the entire impact investment process from deal sourcing to investment structuring to monitoring financial and social returns.  Through a combination of readings, case studies, class discussion and projects, students will gain deep insight into the perspective of the venture philanthropist and the impact investor (including NGO managers). The course will explore the impact investment financial environment including pioneering concepts such as Social Impact Bonds, successes and failures to date, mobilization of investors, allocation of capital, and the prospects for the future of impact investing. The course will explore impact investment both domestically and in the developing world.

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This course will explore best and evolving practices in the financial management and impact measurement of social enterprises.  The class will be taught from the perspective of the social entrepreneur and social enterprise manager and introduce cases to assess financial challenges, fiscal performance and financing strategy of pioneering firms with a social mission.  We will explore trends, successes and failures in managing enterprises to achieve both financial and social returns.  Measuring social impact in tandem with financial performance will be a core component of the course with topics including triple bottom line accounting, impact measurement, impact reporting and correlation between operating performance and impact sustainability.  Students will be introduced to accounting and reporting methods necessary to responsibly calculate and communicate financial and social returns to investors and stakeholders. This course will delve into the financial, operational and strategic management of social enterprises in domestic and international settings including developing nations. 

Download Syllabus

This course introduces students to the main areas of corporate finance and how they relate to policy issues and discussions. The course covers topics in the three main areas of corporate finance: 1) capital structure (financing choices), 2) valuation (project and firm valuation) and 3) corporate governance (optimal governance structures). We will analyze how public policy, through taxes, public expenditures and regulation, affect these aspects of corporate finance. The course will additionally explore how key economic events have shaped public policy and influenced corporate financial practices. Case analysis will be used to enable students to understand practical application of the corporate finance theory introduced in the course and will also incorporate discussion of corporate finance in the context of social enterprises. 

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This course builds on the themes, concepts and theories covered in the Core Financial Management course and provides students the opportunity to apply that knowledge to an international context. Case methodology will be utilized to examine financial management practices of NGOs and Non-Profit entities throughout the world. Through these cases, we will look at international NGOs and Non-Profit organizations' approach to cash flow management, capital budgeting, cost analysis and allocation, investment management, the analysis of new programmatic investments, project finance, currency management and strategic financial analysis.

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Scott Taitel and Jessica Riegel. Kinvolved - Considerations in the Scaling of a Social Enterprise . Case, 2018.
Abbey Wemimo, Scott Taitel, and Rob Henning. Clean Water For Everyone - Wrestling with credit risk on the way to a sustainable impact model. William Davidson Institute (WDI) 25th Anniversary Case Writing Competition, 2018.
Forthcoming/Accepted

2017

Scott Taitel. Who Benefits? Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in Social Finance in New York City. 2017.