D-SIP eNews: U-M Prepares Students for a Lifetime of Philanthropy

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Welcome to the first issue of the University of Michigan’s D-SIP eNewsletter.

Your partnership has helped shape one of the nations leading programs in student philanthropy. Now we’re offering you a great way to get to know the interns and keep up with the latest D-SIP developments.

For more information or to get involved, please contact Assistant Director for Student Philanthropy Kat Walsh at katwalsh@umich.edu or (734) 647-6071.

Help from the Skies

Patrick Moore spent a summer as a volunteer teacher in Ghana before becoming a D-SIP intern in 2009

D-SIP inspired Patrick Moore to jump out of a helicopter.

Maybe it was the only way he could top U-M’s Development Summer Internship Program for excitement. More likely he was inspired by D-SIP’s emphasis on helping others. But when he completed his 2009 internship at Michigan Law the Evansville, Indiana, native and Ford School graduate applied to join the U.S. Air Force pararescue team—the Force’s only rescue-specific unit. His goal is to join the service and save lives from the air.

"Going into any internship you expect to learn a lot," Moore says. "But in D-SIP I learned more than I expected—not just about development and fundraising, but about what it means to give."

Read what D-SIP interns are saying about our award-winning program

Interns Weave U-M's Social Network

The School of Music, Theatre & Dance’s Facebook page is just one of the U-M social networking efforts shaped by D-SIP interns

The University does an outstanding job of teaching students. And sometimes the students teach the University a thing or two, as well.

Last summer, D-SIP interns Vinal Desai, Patrick Carter, Phill Park, Alicia Spitznagel and Ashley Weirs realized they were all working on social media-related projects. The group arranged to share resources through Google Docs. Created a wiki to exchange ideas. Benchmarked social media efforts at peer universities.

From the Life Sciences Institute to the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, they created Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and YouTube videos that will transform the University’s relationships with its alumni and friends.

Learn about the latest and greatest D-SIP projects

True Class

The D-SIP Class of 2009 raised more than $600 to provide team-building opportunities for future cohorts

In single file, the members of the D-SIP Class of 2009 walked up to founding donor Molly Dobson and dropped their envelopes in a box.

Each intern’s envelope contained a gift and a note describing what D-SIP had meant to them. Inspired by the philanthropy of Dobson and her fellow program supporters, the $640 D-SIP class gift will support team-building opportunities for future interns.

The idea for a fund dedicated to team-building came from a special D-SIP gathering hosted by U-M donor Julie Fisher Cummings at her home in Petoskey, Michigan. "It was such a genuine experience," recalls U-M senior Katy Wallander. "We heard about all the great things Julie had accomplished through her philanthropy. And then it just hit home: here we are, hearing from these great speakers about why they believe in giving, so we decided to make a gift of our own."

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