University of Maryland Launches Philanthropy, Public Policy Initiative

University of Maryland Launches Philanthropy, Public Policy Initiative

The University of Maryland in College Park has announced the launch of an initiative to create a hub of activity for philanthropy, nonprofit management, public policy, social change, and leadership.

To be headquartered in the School of Public Policy, the campus-wide Do Good Initiative will seek to leverage philanthropy and leadership in training the next generation of nonprofit leaders. The university hopes to raise $75 million through individual and family philanthropy, state funding, corporate and foundation grants, and university resources for the effort.

Components of the initiative include the Do Good Institute, which will serve as a hub of social innovation and research dedicated to thought leadership in philanthropy and social change; the Do Good Accelerator, which will provide promising Do Good ventures with leadership coaching and mentoring, community space, networking opportunities, financial support, and educational training; and three new faculty endowments in support of the School of Public Policy's new undergraduate major in Public Policy and proposed Nonprofit and Social Change Leadership minor and focus. The initiative also will help support construction of a new building for the School of Public Policy and the Do Good Institute.

"The Do Good Initiative establishes the University of Maryland as a global leader in advancing social change, philanthropy and nonprofit leadership," said UMD president Wallace D. Loh. "We believe that our 'Do Good campus' will lead to a 'Do Good world,' where we will have a positive impact on all of the world’s citizens."

"University of Maryland Launches Transformative Initiative to 'Do Good'." University of Maryland Press Release 09/22/2016.