1. Newsletter: April 2016

    April 12, 2016

    Note From Managing Director, Rishi Moudgil

    Just a year ago we celebrated our successful inaugural year for the Center for Social Impact! It’s been an honor to be named one of the only schools ranked in the top 5 for social impact, sustainability, and social entrepreneurship. This takes many people committed to the mission and we thank you for tackling tough issues of today.

    This year our students have launched ambitious social enterprises, helped Detroit PAL with solutions for the Old Tiger Stadium, served on two-dozen nonprofit boards, and internedwith three-dozen organizations worldwide. We wish those graduating a fulfilling career and know you will continue making a positive difference! Thank you and Go Blue!

    Watch last year’s Center Launch video

    Final Deadline to Apply for Internship Funding:

    Fri, Apr. 15

    For those students pursuing social impact internships, applications for the Center’s Summer Internship Funding must be submitted on or before Friday, April 15.

    MBA and BBA students as well as graduate students in the Ford School of Public Policy are eligible to apply. Additional program details, requirements, and application materials are available on our website.

    Apply Now

    Information Sessions for Nonprofit Organizations

    Tues, May 3: 5:30 – 7:00pm @ Ross School of Business
    Tues, May 24: 12:00 – 1:30pm @ U-M Detroit Center

    Are you a nonprofit organization in Southeast Michigan that is curious about the Board Fellowship Program? The Center for Social Impact is currently recruiting organizations to participate in the 2016-17 program year and will be holding two information sessions in Ann Arbor and Detroit.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the program requirements and hear from a nonprofit leader that is currently participating. Food will be provided.

    RSVP Now
    Internship Opportunity With Focus:HOPE
    Application Deadline:
    Fri, Apr. 15

    The Center has extended the deadline for MBA1’s or BBA students to participate in one of twoImpact Corps internshipswith Focus:HOPE in Detroit this summer. Internship projects will help inform revenue generation strategy.

    MBAs receive $10,000 and BBAs $6,000 as well as a signing bonus.

    Kulisha Claims Grand Prize At Thought For Food Global Summit

    The winner of this year’sMichigan Business Challenge – Social Impact Track has picked up another accolade at theThought For Food Global Summit in Switzerland. The team includes Eric Katz (BBA ’17) and his colleagues from across the U.S. and Kenya. Congratulations!


    Summer Internship Funding:
    Apr. 15, 2016
    Board Fellowship:
    May. 3, 2016
    Board Fellowship:
    May. 24, 2016


    The Center for Social Impact provides students with 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.
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    Special Thanks To This Year’s Fellows And Nonprofit Partners

    Over the next few weeks, graduate students participating in the Board Fellowship Program will be presenting their final project deliverables to our partner organizations. Throughout the year, students have been working on board-level projects focused around strategic planning, governance, or assessment.

    Janelle Walwyn (MSW ’16) (left) and David Chang (MBA ’17) (right) have been working with Pamela Ayres (center) and the FAR Therapeutic Arts & Recreation board to develop recommendations for increasing program fees and analyzing the compensation packages for therapists:

    “The Board Fellows Program provided us the opportunity to immediately engage with an impactful organization, and apply the foundation gained through our graduate curricula. We were able to tackle real issues facing the organization and make an impact that we hope will be long-lasting. Further, our knowledge of nonprofit governance accelerates our ability to make similar contributions throughout our careers.”

    Learn More and See 2015-16 Fellows & Partners


    Music Matters : SpringFest

    Apr. 13, 2016 @ U-M Diag

    The Center for Social Impact is pleased to sponsorSpringFest at U-M this year. The festival explores arts, innovation, sustainability, social identity, and community service. New this year will be a “Detroit Village,” where students will have the opportunity to learn more about the exciting work taking place in the city.

    optiMize Social Innovation Challenge Final Showcase

    Wed, Apr. 13, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

    See the top 15 teams present their ideas at theoptiMize Social Innovation Challenge Final Showcase! A total of $150,000 in prizes will be awarded to the winning teams. Past challenge winners return to provide updates on their progress and impact to date. Free to attend.
    RSVP Here.

    Forever Go Blue Program and Research Grants

    Deadlines to Apply:
    Mon, Apr. 18 & Fri, Apr. 22

    In an effort to support U-M student researchers and student organizations in their philanthropic behavior and community outreach projects, the Student Philanthropy team has established the Forever Go Blue Program Grant, which awards up to $700 to student groups, and the Research Grant, which awards up to $1,000 to individual students.

    Mission Driven Fundraising Training

    Wed, Apr. 20, 9:00am – 4:00pm

    Hosted by the Nonprofit Network, this full day training will be a fast paced, comprehensive, and holistic view of raising money for your mission to build a stronger overall fundraising program. The day will include strategies and steps to mobilize staff, board, and volunteers. Members: $60, Non-Members: $80.

    Halcyon Incubator Recruiting Social Entrepreneurs

    Deadline May 3 at 5:00pm

    The Halcyon Incubator is seeking early-stage social entrepreneurs to participate in an 18-month fellowship in Washington, DC that includes five-month residency, 12+ months of free workspace, a $10K stipend, a mentor, and 1,000+ hours of advice.

    701 Tappan St, ER2602. • Ann Arbor, MI 48109
    Phone: 734.763.4214 | socialimpact@umich.edu