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$563,644 Amount raised
3,313 Gifts received

InnovateGov Fund

Downtown Detroit is bursting with investment and energy: new developments, pro sports stadiums, high-end retail, and hip coffee shops. Yet just blocks away, many neighborhoods continue to suffer the effects of a decades-long downward spiral. InnovateGov works with partner organizations in Detroit to bridge this gap by supporting projects that will build a thriving and equitable future for all residents in the City of Detroit. InnovateGov prepares and delivers MSU’s most vital resource—talented and motivated students—to Detroit’s civic institutions, while providing our students with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to do impactful work on the city’s most critical social challenges. Gifts supporting InnovateGov energize passionate MSU students working to improve the lives of Detroit residents and to gain valuable skills. Your gift helps MSU students and it helps Detroit.

Help Create the Next Game Changers in Detroit

Meaningful Experiences for MSU Students and real impact in Detroit:

  • In summer 2017, our 50 students spent 10-weeks embedded in Detroit government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Through InnovateGov, the students gain professional experiences and connections that advance their career goals, learning experiences to increase their skills for effective citizenship, and deep engagement with the history, culture, and politics of Detroit to enhance their connection to the city.

  • InnovateGov students work on projects to improve services and and respond to a wide range of pressing challenges in the city, such as: property vacancy, government fiscal stability, foreclosures, chronic absenteeism, water shut-offs, economic development, immigration, prisoner re-entry, and more. For example, the intern team in the Wayne County Treasurer’s Office devised a process to assist 1,000 Wayne County residents in danger of foreclosure.

  • 87% of InnovateGov students agreed that through their experiences in InnovateGov, they learned a great deal about being involved in the community. According to Destiny Morris (InnovateGov participant, 2017): “As an intern with the City of Detroit Department of Neighborhoods, I learned so much about how city government works in my hometown. I also learned that I was not just an intern, but an advocate for the residents.”

  • InnovateGov alumni have been offered full time employment in key governmental and civic institutions in Detroit including: Detroit Economic Growth Corporation; the City of Detroit, Office of Immigrant Affairs; the Wayne County Treasurer's Office; and the United Way for Southeastern Michigan.

 

81% Funded

$4,030 Raised

$5,000 Goal

Challenge Money Awarded

  • Karen Kelly
    $250
  • Lisa Conrad
    $250
  • Anonymous
    $250

Donor Honor Roll

  • Jennifer Duffield
    $200.00
  • Mary Ann Olson
    $50.00
  • Lynn Keller
    $100.00
  • Jeffrey McCammon
    $50.00
  • Jessica Kingston
    $50.00
  • Maria Yeary
    $25.00
  • Charles Bates
    $25.00
  • Samantha Amburgey
    $250.00
  • Anonymous
    $250.00
  • Penelope Owen
    $200.00
  • Robert Groves
    $100.00
  • Barbara Sawyer-Koch
    $100.00
  • Cathy Skene
    $25.00
  • Barbara Runyon
    $100.00
  • Candace Boldrey
    $50.00
  • Anonymous
    $250.00
  • Karen Kelly
    $50.00
  • Anonymous
    $50.00
  • Mary Tavarozzi
    $200.00
  • Claudia Brown
    $50.00
  • Anonymous
    $20.00
  • E. Alan Hartman
    $100.00
  • Arnold Weinfeld
    $250.00
  • John Piedmonte
    $250.00
  • Nancy Anderson
    $100.00
  • Kathleen Mills
    $25.00
  • Dean Neff
    $100.00
  • Sydney Hawthorne
    $60.00
  • Anonymous
    $50.00
  • Mark Ossenheimer
    $50.00
  • Rick Seguin
    $100.00
  • Rachel Schmidt
    $50.00
  • Lisa Conrad
    $300.00
  • Maria Giggy
    $50.00
  • Sally Gatlin
    $100.00
  • Anonymous
    $50.00
  • Debra Collins
    $100.00
  • Audrey Kokidko
    $100.00