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University of Maryland to Host 4th Annual Do Good Challenge

April 28, 2015

Graham Binder 301-405-4076

Innovation-driven student groups make social impact and compete for more than $20,000 in cash prizes 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland School of Public Policy Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership will host the fourth annual Do Good Challenge on Tuesday, April 28, an innovative prize competition that inspires Terps to make the greatest social impact they can for their favorite cause.

Student teams were asked to “do good” for a cause or charity by advocating, raising money, volunteering, or developing a creative new solution to a social problem. The six team finalists, competing for more than $20,000 in cash prizes, will pitch their work to the judge panel and a live audience and will be evaluated on the impact, leverage and creativity of their project or venture. 

The six project and venture finalists, chosen from more than 60 student teams, are:

Projects Track

Student-run initiatives that maximize impact for a particular cause or organization through volunteering, fundraising, and/or awareness efforts during the course of the Challenge.

Help Kids Be Kids: An initiative started by UMD psychology students to support children who have experienced domestic violence.

Miles for Smiles: In support of UMD Global Dental Brigades, Miles for Smiles raises money and awareness to address the lack of oral health care for children in rural Honduras, where dental clinics and oral hygiene supplies are scarce.

Terps Against Hunger: Raises awareness of the scale and scope of hunger in the D.C. Metro area and provides emergency food assistance to local families. The group uses an efficient and low-cost process to package convenient, nutritious and non-perishable meals and distribute them to local families.

Ventures Track

Independent, student-founded and student-run organizations intended to be self-sustaining entities in the long run, whose efforts during the Challenge focus on taking the organization to the next level.

K.Sultana: A new social venture founded to address two social needs: discomfort from hot temperatures experienced by Muslim women who wear head scarves, and the lack of employment opportunities for homeless Muslim women.

MedFund: Dedicated to supporting Bolivians who are unable to afford medical services or general healthcare, this fund provides financial support to those with the greatest and most urgent needs.

Press Uncuffed: An advocacy initiative sparked by a group of journalism students who completed a research project about imprisoned journalists. These students now raise awareness about imprisoned journalists around the world and fight for their release.

The competition, founded by the School of Public Policy Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, is run in partnership with the Robert H. Smith School of Business Center for Social Value Creation and sponsored by Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management. Other sponsors include the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences; the Honors College; and Freed Photography. 

Additional event details follow below. For additional information visit http://www.dogood.umd.edu/


  • Wallace D. Loh, president, University of Maryland
  • Ben Simon, Food Recovery Network Founder and Executive Director -- and winner of the 2012 Do Good Challenge (Judge)
  • Sandra Richards, Executive Director, Diverse and Multicultural Marketing of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management (Judge)
  • Devin Schain, Founder and CEO of Campus Direct, Inc. (Judge)
  • Robert Grimm, director, Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership


Tuesday, April 28, 2015
7 – 9 p.m. 


Orem Alumni Hall in the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center
University of Maryland, College Park, Md. 20742

Media Registration

Please send your name, title, affiliation and contact information to Megan Campbell to register to attend the event.

Megan Campbell 
School of Public Policy Communications Director
University of Maryland