1. Newsletter: April 2015

    July 30, 2015

    A Note From Managing Director, Rishi Moudgil

    What a year it’s been for our students! We’ve explored Finding Purpose and Delivering Impact, worked with social entrepreneurs who comprised more than half of all Michigan Business Challenge business plans, supported two-dozen social impact interns from Uganda to San Francisco, and partnered with the City of Detroit on concepts to redevelop the Fisher Body Plant.

    These are just a sample of many great opportunities that have unfolded this year. We look forward to reflecting back and exploring the future with you at our launch year celebration on April 22!

    Learn More About the Center

    With Guest Speaker, David Egner

    Wed, Apr. 22, 2015
    5:00 – 7:00pm
    @Ross School of Business, 6th floor Colloquium

    Please join us as we celebrate the inaugural year of the Center for Social Impact at the Ross School of Business! You’ll meet impact-minded individuals, while learning about our programs and ways to engage with the Center.

    Refreshments and networking will be followed by a keynote address from David Egner, Executive Director of the New Economy Initiative (NEI).

    In partnership with a dozen Detroit-focused foundations, NEI has pledged over $130 million to projects in the city of Detroit. These include initiatives in social innovation, entrepreneurship, and workforce development. 

    This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to attend!

    Event Info & RSVP

    Apply Now for Social Impact Internship Funding

    Final Deadline Apr. 16

    For students finalizing their summer internships plans, the final deadline for Self-Directed Internship Funding is Apr. 16. Graduate students in the Ford School of Public Policy and the School of Social Work, as well as MBA and BBA students, are eligible.

    This year there are new pilot funding opportunities for MBA students engaged in impact investing internships or with preferred organizations, as well as funding made possible by the Ross Give-A-Day Fund; the latter is available for ANY social sector or social enterprise internship secured for this summer.

    The deadline to apply for funding is Thurs, Apr. 16 by 11:59pm.

    View Details and Application Info

    Board Fellowship Information Session for Organizations & Students
    Wed, Apr. 22, 3:30 – 4:30pm
    R2230, Ross School of Business
    If you are a graduate student or represent a nonprofit organization located in SE Michigan, join us to learn more about participating in the 2015-16 Board Fellowship program. During this session we will review the participant experience, including benefits and expectations for students and for organizations, as well as the 2015-16 application process.

    2015 SEEED Summit
    Apr. 24 – 25, 2015
    Brown University
    The Center for Social Impact is a proud sponsor of the 2015 SEEED Summit. SEEED is a two-day national gathering focused on building effective social enterprise ecosystems that drive economic development.Over 750 social entrepreneurs, practitioners, business leaders, academics, impact investors, students, and policymakers are expected to attend in 2015.


    Summer Internship Funding:
    Apr. 16, 2015
    Board Fellowship:
    Apr. 22, 2015
    Center for Social Impact:
    Apr. 22, 2015


    The Center for Social Impact provides students support and opportunities to design a pathway to become social impact leaders. Students in the Center’s programs collaborate with mission-driven organizations across sectors to develop innovative solutions to pressing social challenges.


    Board Fellowship Program Wraps Up for 2014-15

    Many thanks to our Board Fellows and nonprofit partners for a productive year! Over the next few weeks, the Fellows will be presenting their final project deliverables to our partner organizations.These board-level projects are designed to increase capacity and provide strategic support for organizations.

    Jay Suppanat Aunpitipongsa, Global MBA (pictured sixth from left) along with Alex Leach, MPH, were paired with the HIV AIDS Resource Center (HARC). HARC is currently engaged in a nonprofit merger with AIDS Partnership Michigan. Jay and Alex have completed marketing and strategy-focused projects for the merger as part of their Board Fellowship.

    Learn More and See 2014-15 Fellows and Partners


    Halcyon Incubator Recruiting Social Entrepreneurs

    Deadline May 7 at 5pm

    The Halcyon Incubator, a fellowship based in Washington, D.C. focused on supporting early-stage social entrepreneurs, is recruiting for its next cohort. The fellowship offers rent-free housing and workspace, one-on-one mentoring and leadership coaching, and more than 1,000 hours of advice.
    Learn More and Apply

    Public Lecture: Welfare & Social Services in Southern Europe

    Fri, Apr. 10, 3:00 – 4:00pm
    Room 1840, School of Social WorkReception following lecture

    This talk by Professor Ugo Ascoli of the Marche Polytechnic University in Acona, Italy will explore the role of the Third Sector (nonprofit sector) in Greece, Italy, Spain & Portugal. Professor Ascoli teaches social policy in the Department of Economics and Social Sciences, and is an expert on welfare in industrialized nations and the role of nonprofit organizations in social welfare service provision.

    optiMize Social Innovation Challenge Final Showcase

    Thurs, Apr. 16, 6:00pm
    Rackham Auditorium

    See the top five teams present their ideas at theoptiMize Social Innovation Challenge Final Showcase! Winning teams will receive funding— $35,000 in total, ranging from $1,000-$6,000 per team. Past Challenge winners return to provide updates on their progress and impact to date. Free to attend.
    RSVP Here

    Compassionate Careers: Making a Living by Making a Difference 

    In this book, authors Jeffrey W. Pryor and Alexandra Mitchell capture the first-hand accounts of social entrepreneurs, nonprofit managers, and philanthropists working toward social impact across the globe. The book also offers practical tools and resources as well as an online organizational culture assessment.

    Citizen Interaction Design Course SI 538 Accepting Applications

    Applications due Sun, Apr. 12

    Citizen Interaction Design (CID) is an engaged learning, team-based design experience that partners the local government of Jackson, Michigan with University of Michigan student teams. Students develop new information tools designed to foster citizen engagement.
    Find Out More and Apply