Who we are

We were established in 2006 with the aim to further the AUC's mission to advance social responsibility and active citizenship. The center was named after the late John D. Gerhart, ninth president of AUC, whose career provided a model of public service. In 2014, we became affiliated with the AUC School of Business and are now functioning as the developmental arm of the school. This association grants our center access to highly skilled human capital that is capable of further advancing our cause.


Our Vision and Mission


    We aim to strengthen the culture of social responsibility through philanthropy, as well as effective civic and business engagement in the Arab region.


    We serve as a regional incubator for knowledge, responsible business practices, civic leadership and capacity building to promote effective social responsibility.

    Aim of the Gerhart Center

    The center operates under its three themes of Philanthropy, Civic Engagement and Responsible Business in an effort to effectively serve and engage the society.

    We’re here to make an impact.

    We’re here to:

    • Build leadership capacity among Arab youth and enhance their abilities to advance social responsibility and active citizenship.

    • Positively impact society through social entrepreneurship, mentorship and creativity by developing the pool of next-generation scholars

    • Link next-generation scholars to a network of social activists, donors and philanthropy professionals.

      We know that to truly achieve these goals, we must extend our reach far beyond the resources, knowledge and technology within our immediate surroundings.

       We reached far to be able to pursue our goals braced by the support of:

    • An array of national, regional and international partners in the academic, civil society and corporate sectors.

    • A rich network of local communities, policy-makers, start-ups, foundations, enterprises and NGOs which integrate youth into a larger social fabric.

    Thematic Areas

    • Philanthropy

    • Civic Engagement

    • Responsible Business


    • Linking between responsible citizens, civil society, as well as the private and public sector

    • Creating a collaborative platform for programs and research that promote civic engagement, philanthropy and responsible business.



    • Respect

    • Transparency

    • Proactivity

    • Compassion, empathy and giving

    • Inclusion and participatory engagement