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D-SIP Community

Group of D-SIP students on the field at the Big House

D-SIP interns build lasting friendships while exploring the world of philanthropy.

D-SIP is more than a program. It’s a community of students, program alums, donors, professors, advisers, guest speakers and friends—people like you who care about introducing young people to the importance of philanthropy, and teaching them the skills to build rewarding lives and careers.

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The D-SIP community supports networking, conversation and action

Grant Lets D-SIP Ask the Intercultural Question in Development

With funding from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy’s Center for Public Policy in Diverse Societies, D-SIP in 2010 partnered with Intergroup Relations (IGR), a campus social justice program, to pilot a course exploring intercultural considerations within philanthropy. In the class, students consider how the myriad possible differences among people—in geographic or cultural backgrounds, family or religious traditions, work styles, or learning styles, to name a few—can affect philanthropic collaborations. The class will recur during D-SIP 2011 and may someday reach a broader audience of development professionals. 


D-SIP Peoples the Peace Corps, Past and Future

D-SIP alumnae Melissa Harman and Natalie Wowk (BA ’07) are two past and future faces of a volunteer organization with deep roots at U-M: the Peace Corps. In preparation for Harman’s service, set to begin in 2011, Wowk—who returned from the Corps in 2009— answers a few of Harman’s questions


Nonprofit Employer of the Year

The University of Michigan was recently named the first annual nonprofit Employer of the Year by Crain’s Detroit Business and InterninMichigan.com. InterninMichigan.com program director Brittany Affolter-Caine highlighted D-SIP as a model for attracting and retaining the most talented young people to the state.


Molly Dobson Supports Interns… Dobson Interns Support Community

D-SIP founding donor and longtime adviser Molly Dobson’s recent gift created the Dobson Interns program. These D-SIP students are placed in internships at area nonprofits. The organizations hosting interns in 2010 included Michigan Radio, Ozone House and the Neutral Zone. Through her generosity, Dobson strengthens U-M’s connections with the Ann Arbor community and supports the vital nonprofit sector.


New Consulting Program Expands D-SIP’s Reach

In addition to completing full-time internships and coursework, D-SIP students now provide consulting services for area nonprofits. Teams of student-consultants spend 60 hours each summer partnering with local organizations to support their fundraising efforts. During the summer of 2010, D-SIP consultants helped the Dexter Little League, SOS Community Services, NEW, and the Ann Arbor Skatepark strengthen their relationships with supporters and reach out to the community as a whole.

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