University of Maryland Changemaker Campus

The University of Maryland, located just outside of Washington, D.C., was selected as one of the first Changemaker Campuses in 2008 for its commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship across all levels of the university. The Center for Social Value Creation (CSVC), based in the Robert H. Smith School of Business, has led social entrepreneurship initiatives since its founding in 2009, working with students, faculty, and external partners to create a better world through business principles. Leaders such as the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, based in the School of Public Policy, the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences, and the Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship prepare thousands of students to tackle the world’s toughest problems through philanthropy, data-driven decision making, and entrepreneurial thinking. Together, these partners have created interdisciplinary courses and programs that equip and empower UMD students to make their ‘Fearless Ideas’ become realities.

ChangeTheWorld.org Consulting Program

ChangeTheWorld.org (CTW) is a nonprofit consulting program that provides university students with real-world business consulting experience. Multi-disciplinary teams of undergraduate and graduate students work together over the course of a semester to provide partner nonprofits with strategic, actionable recommendations. Over the past 8 years, CTW has worked with more than 200 nonprofits and engaged over 500 students from twelve different universities. ChangeTheWorld.org is a partnership between the Center for Social Value Creation and Grassroots.org and was recently awarded an Ashoka U Cordes Innovation Award for its innovative approach to providing students with real-world experience.

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Social Enterprise Symposium

The Social Enterprise Symposium is one of the largest annual events at the University of Maryland and a premiere conference on social entrepreneurship in the Washington, D.C. region. Led by the Center for Social Value Creation with assistance from partners across campus, the Symposium brings together over 1,000 attendees to explore the connections between economic prosperity and lasting social and environmental change. More than 200 thought leaders in corporate responsibility, social entrepreneurship, and sustainability from companies including TOMS Shoes, GE, IBM, Honest Tea, CLIF Bar, and Accenture have participated in the Symposium since its inception in 2009. The event offers a variety of ways for students, faculty, staff and professionals to engage, such as speaker panels, workshops, networking receptions, and student innovation showcases. In 2015, the Symposium was the featured student programming at the Ashoka U Exchange hosted at UMD.

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Do Good Challenge

The Do Good Challenge is an eight-week competition that empowers students to ‘Do Good’ for their favorite social causes. Many students volunteer, fundraise, and advocate for nonprofit organizations, and others use the Challenge to develop their own social enterprises. Previous participants have packaged 110,000 meals to feed 18,000 families, built a middle school in rural Honduras, and scaled a business model to reduce both food waste and hunger in communities across America. The Challenge culminates in a finals event where high-profile judges give away $20,000 in prize money to further the students’ efforts. Now in its fourth year, the Do Good Challenge is led by the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership and the Center for Social Value Creation, in partnership with Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management.

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Sara Herald Assistant Director, Center for Social Value Creation

I discovered social entrepreneurship as an MBA student here at the Smith School of Business. With aspirations for a career in nonprofit leadership, I came to Smith for a business degree that would enable me to apply private sector management skills to mission-based work. However, at the Center for Social Value Creation (CSVC), I learned about new business models that blended social impact with earned revenue strategies, and I was hooked. After a few years doing strategy consulting for both traditional and social enterprise clients, I came back to CSVC to lead our social entrepreneurship efforts. I work with students, faculty and staff across campus, both in the classroom and through extracurricular programs, to deliver on our mission: creating a better world through business principles.

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Robert T. Grimm, Jr. Director, Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership

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Katherine Russell Associate Dean, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

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Erica Estrada-Liou Director of Curriculum & Experiential Learning

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Kimberlee R. Glinka Associate Director, Center for Social Value Creation

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Pammi Bhullar Program Manager, Center for Social Value Creation

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Changemaker Campus

Launched in 2008, Ashoka offers the Changemaker Campus designation to leading institutions in social innovation education. These institutions share the vision for higher education to become the next global driver of social change by transforming the educational experience into a world-changing experience.