1. Newsletter: June 2015

    August 12, 2015

    Community of Social Innovation Scholars Convenes at Ross

    On May 15-17, the Center hosted the Community of Social Innovation (COSI) conference at the Ross School of Business. The conference engaged more than three dozen scholars from top business schools including Michigan, Harvard, MIT, Penn, Cornell, Chicago, Stanford, INSEAD, and Oxford.A conference highlight was a collaborative effort to crowdsource “the world’s greatest course on social innovation,” including topics such as community engagement, funding, new business models, measuring social impact, and managing tradeoffs in hybrid organizations. The resulting syllabus will be made available on an open access basis.See images from the conference and learn about the scholars and their research
    See COSI Highlights

    The Center is Hiring a Program Coordinator

    The Center for Social Impact is hiring a new program coordinator! Are you passionate about cross-sector and multidisciplinary learning to tackle social problems? This position will support marketing and communications as well as planning, execution, and continuous improvement of Center programming and events.Online applications will be accepted through July 9, 2015.
    View Job Posting

    Thank You to the 2014-15 Board Fellows and Partner Organizations

    In partnership with 21 Southeast Michigan nonprofit organizations, 33 graduate students completed their Board Fellowshipplacements for the 2014-15 program year.In addition to attending board meetings, Board Fellows leveraged their graduate coursework to complete a variety of board-level projects such as developing fundraising and marketing plans, coordinating strategic planning processes, creating dashboard reports, and revamping board member orientation materials.Abigail Anderson (MSW) – Alternatives for Girls
    Sandhya Nakhasi (MBA) – Alternatives for Girls
    Lonzyo Holcomb, Jr. (MBA) – Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation
    Megan O’Rourke (MSW – Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation
    Nachiket Patil (MBA) – Ann Arbor SPARK
    Mohamed Abbadi (MPP) – Clean Energy Coalition
    Chris Hildner (MBA) – Clean Energy Coalition
    Jeff Gross (MBA) – Dispute Resolution Center
    Jacqueline Barocio (MPP) – Family Learning Institute
    Josie John (MBA) – Family Learning Institute
    Vanessa Levine-Smith (MSW) – FAR Therapeutic Arts & Rec.
    Laura Pierce (MBA) – FAR Therapeutic Arts and Recreation
    Puneet Goenka (MBA) – Girls Group
    Carly Schaer (MBA/M.Ed) – Girls Group
    Sydney Lewis (MBA) – Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan
    Whitney Martin (MBA) – Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan
    Jay Aunpitipongsa (MBA) – HIV/AIDS Resource Center (HARC)
    Alex Leach (MSW/MPH) – HIV/AIDS Resource Center (HARC)
    Aliza Kazmi (MPP) – IHN at Alpha House
    Nikhil Prem (MBA) – IHN at Alpha House
    Simon Chafetz (MBA) – Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor
    Farhana Arif (MBA/MPP) – Neighborhood Service Organization
    Ryan Etzcorn (MPP/LRCCS) – Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW)
    Christine Priori (MBA/MPH) – Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW)
    Simone LaHood (MPP) – Our House
    Demar Lewis IV (MPP) – Our House
    Andrew Kraemer (MPP) – Saline Area Social Services
    Catherine Derbes (MPP) – Salvation Army – Eastern Mich. Division
    Molly Puga (MBA) – Salvation Army – Eastern Michigan Division
    Alexander Mervak (MBA/MPP) – SOS Community Services
    Alexandra Albers (MSW) – Tour de Troit
    Jennie Alfaro (MPP) – United Way of Washtenaw County
    Jon Erdtsieck (MBA) – University of Michigan Federal Credit Union
    Learn More
    Apply to be a 2015-16 Board Fellowship Nonprofit Partner
    Applications due:
    Mon, June 22 by midnight
    Do you need help with board development? Would you like assistance with a board-level project to help achieve your organizational goals?Organizations interested in participating in the 2015-16 Board Fellowship Programshould apply by Mon, June 22. Application materials and program details are available on the Center’s website.
    Connect with the Center in Chicago on June 24
    Managing Director Rishi Moudgil will be the featured alumni speaker at the Ross Alumni Club of Chicago’sLuncheon with Leaders series on June 24 from 12-1:30pm. Join for a lively discussion about how businesses can partner across sectors and disciplines to drive real change, and learn about how U-M is advancing social innovation and entrepreneurship.Luncheon hosted by the Ross Alumni Club of Chicago
    Center Fellow Shares Why He Co-Founded a Social Venture
    In part one of Praveen Loganathan’s blog series with Innovate Blue, he reveals what motivated him to co-found InFusion Technologies, a residential renewable energy systems startup, and how his social entrepreneurship summer fellowship with the Center for Social Impact is enabling him to grow the company.


    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.

    Michigan Nonprofit Association Events and Webinars

    The Michigan Nonprofit Association hosts a variety of events across the state along with webinars covering a range of key topics in the nonprofit sector. You can network with others in the sector and learn more about everything from branding and fundraising strategies to advocacy and policymaking.See what’s coming up this summer

    Monitoring Sustainability Performance in Food & Agriculture Systems Webinar

    Hosted by the William Davidson Institute
    Jun. 24, 2015, 11:00am-12:00pm ET

    This William Davidson Institute (WDI) webinar will feature the Committee on Sustainability Assessment (COSA), a neutral, non-profit, global consortium working to advance sustainability in agriculture through partnerships and learning.Register now

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