1. Newsletter: March 2016

    March 5, 2016

    Re-envisioning the old Tiger Stadium site

    The 2016 Social Impact Challenge finalist teams delivered their proposals to an expert judging panel after an intense three weeks of analyzing fundraising data, hearing from a variety of stakeholders, and visiting the actual historic site of the stadium.Congratulations to this year’s winning team, Eye of the Tiger, comprised of Michelle Rubin (Ford/Taubman MPP/MUP), Karen Yocky (Ford MPP), Andrew Kelley (Ross MBA), and Aaron Ledbetter (Ford MPP).

    As part of the implementation plan, students will work directly with Detroit PAL and partners to execute their vision for the nonprofit’s long-term sustainability and growth.


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    MBC Social Impact Track Awards $15K Top Prize

    The Michigan Business Challenge – Social Impact Track capped off on Feb. 19 with four teams giving their final pitches to the judging panel.The winner, Kulisha, is a sustainable aquafeed company that will help small-scale aquaculture farmers in Kenya increase profitability, while tackling food insecurity with more healthy animal protein. Co-founder Eric Katz (BBA ’17) and his team, spanning the US and Kenya, plan to use their $15,000 award to start operations this summer in the African nation.

    The runner-up was StepFor, which is an app that allows users to translate their daily steps into charitable donations through corporate partners. Team members include: Jordan Golshan (BBA ’17), Andy Jinseok Lee (MS ’17), and Hyorim Kim (BS ’17).

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    Apply Now For Summer Internship Funding

    Deadlines March 15 or April 15

    For those students pursuing social impact internships, applications for the Center’s Summer Internship Funding can be submitted before Tuesday, March 15 or Friday, April 15.Graduate students in the Ford School of Public Policy as well as MBA and BBA students are eligible to apply. Additional program details, requirements and application materials are available on our website.

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    “An Inside Look At Foundations” Draws Students, Staff, & Community Members

    On February 16, representatives from the Ann Arbor Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan, and the Kresge Foundation discussed the details of their work in philanthropy. The diverse group of attendees was able to ask insightful questions to further their understanding of philanthropy’s significant role in advancing social change.Special thanks to our host for the evening, Sandy Mervak (MBA/MPP ’17) and his Board Fellowship Co-Vice President Simon Chafetz (MBA ’16) for their hard work to organize the Forum!

    View Pictures From The Forum
    Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York Creator to Speak at U-M
    March 24, 7:00pm.
    @ U-M Power Center
    The Center for Social Impact is pleased to co-sponsor the 2nd Annual Change Our World Lecture hosted by the Center for Campus Involvement.Students interested in attending can stop by the Center for Social Impact office (ER2602, Ross School of Business) or the Michigan Union Ticket office to get yourFREE ticket.

    Navigating the Maize:
    A Conference on Strategic Alliances and Partnerships for Institutional Transformation
    The Center for Social Impact is proud to sponsor this conference, which brings graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and staff from higher-education institutions around the country to identify strategies for institutional transformation through diversity and inclusion.The conference runs from March 17-19; registration deadline is this Friday!


    Summer Internship Funding:
    Application Deadline 
    March 15, 2016
    Navigating the Maize:
    March 17-19, 2016Change Our World:

    March 24, 2016
    Summer Internship Funding:
    April 15, 2016


    The Center for Social Impactprovides 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.

    Innovation in Action:
    Final Showcase Events

    Wed, Mar. 9 & Thurs, Mar. 10

    Over the course of five months, U-M student teams have worked to develop solutions to public health and education challenges. On March 9 & 10th, the top teams will compete for $23,500 in prizes. Each eventalso includes an expert speaker and reception.

    TEDxUofM Registration Now Open

    9:00am – 4:30pm, Fri, Apr. 1

    Open to the public, this university-wide event will showcase the fascinating thinkers and doers at U-M for a stimulating day of presentations, discussions, entertainment, and art that will spark new ideas and opportunities across all disciplines. Tickets do sell out, so don’t hesitate to register!

    NSO Diamond Anniversary Gala & Fundraiser

    6:30pm – 11.59pm, Sat, Apr. 9
    @ Motor City Casino Hotel Sound Board

    The Neighborhood Service Organization (NSO) has served the needs of low-income families and communities in the City of Detroit for over sixty years. The Center for Social Impact has partnered with NSO over the last five years through the Board Fellowship Program. Celebrate their sixty years of social impact and support their continued success.

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