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Nonprofit and Public Management Center Hosts Social Impact Challenge, Forum

2/18/2013 --

Graduate students present proposals on education solutions at Feb. 21 event.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Michigan Nonprofit and Public Management Center will host the final round of the 2013 Social Impact Challenge — which allows students to solve real problems for an organization that focuses on social impact — on Feb. 21 at the Ross School of Business.

This year, nearly 20 teams of graduate students from across campus designed solutions to attract education leaders to hard-to-staff areas like Detroit. Teams considered a variety of business, policy, and social factors, and they also crunched financial and internal data.

The Nonprofit and Public Management Center provides project and management training to the students, whose proposed solutions will be put into action. Finalists will present their recommendations to a panel of judges at the challenge, and the winning team will receive $2,500.

The Social Impact Challenge Final Round will take place from 4:30-6 p.m. in Room R1210 at the Ross School of Business. An education leaders’ forum and awards ceremony immediately will follow the challenge in the 6th floor Colloquium at the Ross School. More than a dozen community and educational agencies from Detroit will discuss how to attract education leaders and managers to the city.

The 2013 Challenge partner is Education Pioneers, a national nonprofit that attracts, prepares, and connects top leaders and managers to accelerate excellence in education. CEO and founder Scott Morgan will serve as a judge and keynote speaker. Other local education leaders, including CEO Dan Varner of Excellent Schools Detroit, also will contribute to the judging and forum discussion.

The Nonprofit and Public Management Center's mission is to equip future leaders in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors with interdisciplinary insight that can help them operate more effectively when working for or collaborating with nonprofit and public institutions. It is supported by the Ross School of Business, the Ford School of Public Policy, and the School of Social Work.

INFORMATION: RSVP to Details are at Contact Rishi Moudgil, managing director of the Nonprofit and Public Management Center, at 734-763-4214,

For more information, contact:
Rishi Moudgil, 734-763-4214,