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$788,725 Amount raised
4,167 Gifts received

InnovateGov Fund

The city of Detroit is at a crossroads. Downtown and midtown burst with investment and energy, yet just blocks away underserved neighborhoods continue to suffer the effects of a decades-long downward spiral. InnovateGov is a summer experiential learning program developed to respond to the persistent governance and public policy challenges of bridging the growing divide between these two Detroits.

InnovateGov prepares and delivers MSU’s most vital resource — talented, diverse, and motivated students — to Detroit’s civic institutions while providing a one-of-a-kind opportunity to do real and impactful work on the city’s most demanding social challenges.

The goal: to do what it takes to build a thriving and equitable future for all Detroit residents.

By investing in InnovateGov, you fund scholarships for a diverse cohort of MSU doers with a thirst for helping a community in need of a talent pool of young, entrepreneurial civic leaders.

Invest in the Next Generation of Transformational Leaders in Detroit

In four years, nearly 150 InnovateGov fellows from all across the university have worked to provide leaders in over 30 Detroit civic organizations with the capacity and human capital necessary to tackle high-impact projects that touch nearly every neighborhood in the city.

Invests in MSU students. InnovateGov leadership places a premium on recruiting and supporting doers — even if these students may struggle in a traditional classroom environment. We prioritize diversity, inclusivity, and the recruitment and financial support of MSU Detroiters.

In 2018 alone, our cohort consists of 27 persons of color (56%), 22 of whom are from underrepresented minority groups. Twenty InnovateGov 2018 fellows are Detroiters (42%).

Invest in Detroit. InnovateGov fellows deliver high-impact projects in a range of areas critical to the quality of life of Detroiters — from chronic absenteeism, to property vacancies, to small business development, to water shut-offs, and many more — and lead service projects within the city’s diverse neighborhoods.

Program highlights include the development of an outreach process that prevented property tax foreclosure for thousands of residents and the launching of a celebrated and widely used database connecting Detroit small businesses with local suppliers.

Invest in civic talent development. InnovateGov fellows gain a wealth of professional experiences and connections that advance their career goals, increase their skills for effective citizenship, and deepen engagement with the history, culture, and politics of Detroit.

The diverse and inclusive network of young talent is being recognized and tapped. To date, InnovateGov alumni have been offered positions in several key civic institutions in the city of Detroit, including Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Wayne County Treasury, the City Finance Department, the Mayor’s Office, the Office of Immigrant Affairs, Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit, the United Way of Southeast Michigan, Regional Transit Authority, Build Institute, and Quicken Loans.

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