Form a multidisciplinary team to tackle a pressing issue facing Detroit. Register your team by Feb. 3 at 9am!
A social enterprise could win up to 50k with the new Social Impact Track of Michigan Business Challenge. Come watch the Round 2 pitches on January 23.
The 2014 U-M Social Innovation Summit: Finding Purpose, Delivering Impact on Oct. 10 featured entrepreneur and social innovator Aaron Hurst.

Important Dates

  1. Feb 3
  2. Feb 3

    Social Impact Challenge Kickoff

    R1220, Ross School of Business
    5:30 pm — 7:00 pm
  3. Feb 18

    Social Impact Challenge Finals

    6th Floor Colloquium, Ross School of Business
    5:00 pm — 7:00 pm

2014 U-M Social Innovation Summit

Finding Purpose, Delivering Impact

Check out highlights from the 2014 Social Innovation Summit on Oct. 10, featuring entrepreneur and social innovator Aaron Hurst. Founder of the Taproot Foundation, Founder & CEO of Imperative,  Author of The Purpose Economy, Hurst is also a regular blogger for the Huffington Post and Stanford Social Innovation Review. Attendees explored their own purpose journey and engaged with social entrepreneurs and thought leaders.



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  • Lauren F. Shaughnessy BBA ’06/MBA ’12

  • Mission-Driven Consultant, 2011 Self-Directed Funding Recipient

  • After receiving her MBA, Lauren Foukes Shaughnessy became a mission-driven consultant with the Bridgespan Group,  helping nonprofit and philanthropic organizations achieve breakthrough results in addressing social problems. But Lauren’s journey in tackling complex social challenges has roots in critical experiences she…
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Nonprofit Board Service

Board Fellowship Program

Prepare for mission-driven leadership and develop project management and executive skills as a board member of a nonprofit in Southeast Michigan such as United Way and Girls on the Run. Through this multidisciplinary program graduate students gain real-world insight into the workings  of a nonprofit board, contribute to an organization’s success, and build the tools to deliver social impact.


Ambassadors for Social Impact

Student Advisory Board

Be an ambassador for social impact across multiple graduate schools as part of a multidisciplinary student leadership team that advises on priorities and programming. The Center for Social Impact’s Student Advisory Board provides students with an opportunity to accelerate social impact and innovation at U-M and represent the student voice in strategy and decision-making for the Center.