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2014 Social Impact Challenge
Driving Positive Change in Detroit

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2014 Social Impact Challenge Recap

** 2014 Highlights: Article | Photo Gallery | #DriveChangeDetroit **

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The 2014 partner was Detroit Future City (DFC), which is leading implementation of the DFC Strategic Framework, a comprehensive plan to achieve fiscal sustainability and improve quality of life for all Detroiters. The Challenge focused on strategies to improve transportation access for Detroit's neighborhoods. Ken Cockrel, Jr., Executive Director of the DFC Implementation Office, delivered the keynote address.

Madeline Ong, a Ross School of Business Management and Organizations PhD student, is investigating approaches and techniques for social change strategies. Read her article, Preparing a Persuasive Pitch: Insights from the 2014 Social Impact Challenge, and look for forthcoming research.

Team Le Rouge, Matthew Nahan (MSW '14), Douglas Smith (MUP '15), Sarah-Jane Caban (MBA '14), and Noelle Polaski (MPP'15), took top prize.


During the Challenge, multidisciplinary teams of graduate students receive a Challenge statement, investigate the context and social issues, and develop strategic recommendations for action. The top teams present to a panel of judges and the organization's executive team.

The winning team receives a cash prize and the opportunity for their ideas to be implemented! In addition, participants have the opportunity to:

  • Apply classroom knowledge to a pressing social issue
  • Impact an organization that makes a difference in the community
  • Compete and collaborate with graduate students from across U-M
  • Network with and learn from business, nonprofit, and government leaders

2013 Social Impact Challenge Recap

** 2013 Recaps: Article | Photos | Video | #GoBlueEdu **

The 2013 partner was Education Pioneers, a national nonprofit that attracts, prepares, and connects top leaders and managers to accelerate excellence in education. Scott Morgan, CEO and Founder, served as a judge and keynote speaker for the Challenge.

If you have any questions, please email us at npmchallenge@umich.edu.