1. Newsletter: December 2014

    December 9, 2014

    Board Fellowship Program Kicks Off for 2014-15

    Welcome to our 2014-15 Board Fellows and nonprofit partners! This year’s Board Fellowship Program welcomes 22 partner organizations and 37 fellows across six schools who will serve on their respective governing boards.

    Simon Chavetz, MBA (pictured here) has been working with his nonprofit partner, the Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor and its marketing committee, on marketing research and strategy to inform their new downtown space. Describing his experience so far he stated, “the Kiwanis Club and its membership have been incredibly warm and welcoming to me; they appear energized by the idea of having the support of fresh eyes and ears among their ranks.”

    See 2014-15 Fellows/Partners

    Round 1 of the Michigan Business Challenge

    Round 1 Competition
    Fri, Dec. 5 1:00-5:00pm
    @ Ross School of Business, R0210

    The campus and local community is invited to watch Round 1 of theMichigan Business Challenge, this Fri, Dec. 5. You’ll  hear more than 80 teams pitch business concepts, with over half the teams competing for the Social Impact Track!
    View Details

    Summer Internship Funding Update

    New summer internship opportunities will be announced when students return for the winter term.

    As in previous years, the Self-Directed Internship Fund will be available to MPP, MSW, and MBA students. There will also be new self-directed funding options for MBA students in lieu of the Domestic Corps program, which is taking a one-year hiatus to be restructured for the 2015-16 academic year.

    Harvard Professor Will Speak About Performance Measurement in the Social Sector

    Fri, Dec. 5 1:30-3:00pm
    @ Ross School of Business, R1240

    The Interdisciplinary Committee on Organizational Studies (ICOS) welcomes Alnoor Ebrahim of Harvard University for a talk entitled, “What Impact? Conceptualizing Performance in the Social Sector”. Ebrahim’s research examines the pressures for accountability facing social sector organizations, and their implications for organizational performance.
    Learn More

    Thank You and Best Wishes to Diane Griffith!

    Diane Griffith, who served as Administrator for us and related programs for over six years, has moved to a new Program Coordinator role at Ross. We would like to express our deep gratitude to Diane for her many contributions to our partners and students; she has been the glue for us through many changes. Please join us in wishing Diane well in this new opportunity!
    Support the Center for Social Impact today for Giving Blueday!
    You can make an impact in the community and transform the lives of students! This Tues, Dec. 2, give to the Center for Social Impact’s programs and initiatives. Giving Blueday is Michigan’s first-ever university-wide global day of giving. Give now to spark social impact!
    Are you interested in exploring a dual degree?
    On Dec. 4 from 5-6:30pm, engage with a panel of graduate-level Admissions/Academic Services professionals and current dual-degree students from across U-M including Business, Public Policy, Law, SNRE, Education, Information, Social Work, Medicine, and Engineering. Learn more
    Hult Prize at U-M
    Semi-Finals – Dec. 9

    The Hult Prize is an international social innovation competition, and this year, 10 semi-finalists from across U-M are participating in the first Hult Prize at Michigan!

    If you are interested in social enterprise or early childhood education, come out and hear the innovative ideas presented onTues, Dec. 9 at 4pm.

    Does your organization need help with information management?
    The University of Michigan School of Information offersseveral opportunities to receive free assistance with your information management needs, from information process flow to content management systems. Project lengths can range from one day to an entire term. Deadlines in Dec.


    Graduate Dual Degree:
    Dec. 4, 2014
    Michigan Business Challenge:
    Dec. 5, 2014
    Hult Prize:
    Dec. 9, 2014


    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.

    Global Social Venture Competition – Deadline Dec. 5

    GSVC leads entrant teams through an experiential learning process that helps them develop innovative, scalable solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. Teams receive connections, financial support, and exposure to advance their social ventures and create their own path to impact. Submit by Dec. 5.

    B Corps Fellows – Apps Due Dec. 31

    B Corps is recruiting for its inaugural class of B Corps Fellows, which will be the first national service program for the impact economy. Recent MBA and Bachelor’s graduates will be trained by B Lab and placed for a paid year of service to work with thousands of companies to measure and manage the impact of their businesses on their workers, communities, and the environment.

    New Book From SSW Professor Vinokur-Kaplan: Cases in Innovative Nonprofits

    Cases in Innovative Nonprofits: Organizations That Make a Difference, a new book co-edited by School of Social Work Professor Diane Vinokur-Kaplan, shares current comparative case studies of innovative nonprofit organizations that are meeting the needs of humanity in both the U.S. and abroad. View additional information and order a copy.

    University of Michigan • ER2602 Ross School of Business
    701 Tappan St. • Ann Arbor, MI 48109