10th Annual Competition Celebrates Students’ Philanthropic Efforts
Photo courtesy of the Do Good Institute
From paving the way for future health care professionals to supporting children’s mental health and fighting overdoses, Terps work to make the world a better place. Today, six student teams will have the chance to showcase their social impact on these and other priorities as finalists at the 10th annual Do Good Challenge, with more than $20,000 in prizes up for grabs.
They’ll face off in a “Shark Tank”-style format, pitching their visions and work they’ve done so far to a panel of judges and a live audience at 6:30 p.m. in The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. First-place winners in each category will take home $5,000; second place finishers receive $2,500; and third place, $1,000. In addition, the audience has an opportunity to vote and give out three different awards to the teams: the $2,500 Neilom Foundation Audience Choice Award for their favorite finalist, the $750 Showcase Audience Choice Award for semifinalists and the $500 Showcase Runner Up Award.
Founded in 2012, the Do Good Challenge began as a way for Terps to make the most impact on the world possible during eight weeks in the spring. Now, the challenge has evolved into showcasing Terps who are continuously honing their philanthropic ideas.
“We know that Terps are doing good year-round, and year after year,” said Sara Gallagher, associate director of the Do Good Institute. “We recognize that there is no specific timeframe in which you have to do good and that you can’t really put a time limit on these efforts.”
The six finalists fall under the project or venture tracks. Project teams maximize impact for a cause or existing organization through volunteering, fundraising and advocacy. Here are this year’s teams:
Ventures are student-founded social enterprises that tackle important societal issues with innovative business models. Here are the 2022 finalists:
Ten years in, the Do Good Institute continues to introduce new tools to help students expand their efforts beyond the spring event. The Do Good Accelerator Fellows program is an example: Student teams get a semester to refine their models, locate new funding sources and draw in other students to engage their work.
“Thinking of more ways that we can support people year-round feeds into the challenge,” Gallagher said. “I think that’s where we are going to see the biggest change.”
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