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IMPACT

Creating positive change and professional opportunities

The social problems faced today are more complex and intersectional than ever before. Their ability to be solved relies on changemakers who are ready and able to take the lead on tackling them.

The Morgridge Acceleration Program (MAP) identifies individuals with a passion for social innovation, then invests in their ability to achieve profound impact. Through funding, mentorship, network connections, and curriculum, MAP equips participants to tangibly contribute to a better world.

Since 2018, more than 50 individuals have joined MAP’s community. While the commitment of time and resources varies between programs; MAP Project48, the MAP Fellowship, and the MAP Summit Grants achieve similar objectives. They each unlock leadership potential, build sustainable solutions to a problem facing a nonprofit organization, and facilitate social capital between participants.

Stats & Figures

83%

Nonprofit organizations that participated in the MAP Fellowship stated they would be unable to complete their challenge in 6 months without the MAP Fellowship.

100%

Fellows ranked themselves significantly higher across leadership skills at the end of the MAP Fellowship compared to the start of the MAP Fellowship.

33%

MAP Project48 increased the number of data science graduate students considering nonprofit careers.

100%

MAP Project48 participants agreed the mentors were helpful throughout the challenge and had high levels of expertise in their field.
Meet The Community
2021 MAP Fellow
Ami Scherson
2021 MAP Fellow
Billy Huang
2021 MAP Fellow
Jessica Chriesman
2021 MAP Mentor
Dr. Amy Taft
2021 MAP Mentor
Dr. Angela Jackson
2020 & 2021 MAP Mentor
Dani Hedlund
In The News
A New Fellowship Launches Social Sector Trailblazers

Alison Griffin   |   01/29/2021

There has been much talk about finding “silver linings” in the events and unrest of 2020. A few weeks ago, as we started 2021, I was reminded that 2020 presented some pretty powerful opportunities for collaboration and innovative thinking. I took part in the Morgridge Family Foundation (MFF) culmination event for its ...
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The Morgridge Acceleration Program (MAP) Fellowship matches emerging social impact leaders with nonprofit executives to drive positive impact while leveling up their skill sets and deepening their professional networks. Each MAP Fellow is paired with a MAP Mentor who they collaborate with directly over six months to build a sustainable ...
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Everyday we’re bombarded with what feels like an endless, exhausting list of existential threats: global warming, racial injustice, the COVID-19 pandemic. The list goes on and on, and the thought of these problems can make clicking on a news link or turning on the TV trigger a nervous cringe ...
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If you’re looking to complete a fellowship program from the comfort of your home, look no further – these fellowships take place primarily virtually! While some programs listed require occasional attendance at a conference or event during the program, the large majority of the fellowship experience takes place remotely ...
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Whether you’re an early-career or mid-career professional, it can be difficult to quit your job or pause your academic work to pursue a full-time fellowship. However, many don’t realize that there are amazing part-time fellowship opportunities that provide many of the benefits of a full-time professional fellowship ...
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It’s still possible to make a positive social impact in the midst of the pandemic! This list highlights fellowship programs that are currently being held remotely and give fellows the opportunity to make a difference in their communities and around the world ...
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As the culmination of the 2021 MAP Fellowship approaches, we’re sharing perspectives from the cohort about their experiences and progress. In this piece, we hear from MAP Fellow Jaylen Hackett about his site visit with MAP Mentor, Dr. Angela Jackson ...
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This year, the Morgridge Acceleration Program (MAP) partnered with the Center on Rural Innovation (CORI) and three graduate data science programs from Columbia University, Parsons School of Design and the University of Missouri – Columbia to hold the first ever MAP Project48 competition, a 48-hour impact-athon ...
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Why Mentorship Matters, The Reach

Kelsey Thompson   |   03/02/2022

On a recent research project for a client, I found myself having conversations with emerging leaders working in the field of conservation. The research aimed to understand those leaders’ experiences and identify the critical factors that have been most helpful for them in getting and keeping jobs. My findings were pretty straightforward: people ...
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As the culmination of the 2021 MAP Fellowship approaches, we’re sharing perspectives from the cohort about their experiences and progress. In this piece, we hear from MAP Fellow Allison Quintanilla Plattsmeir about how to take advantage of the incubator model ...
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The 411 on MAP Project48, The Reach

Tony Cohn   |   11/08/2021

In 2021, the number of MAP Fellowship applicants doubled from the year before. While it meant struggling with a difficult selection process (read: stress eating popcorn), a silver lining was acknowledging the overwhelming interest from emerging leaders to put their skill sets to work and solve the big problems nonprofits are facing ...
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So, You Want To Be A MAP Fellow?, The Reach

Tony Cohn   |   06/07/2021

Hi there. My name is Tony. Along with being Director of Strategy for the Morgridge Family Foundation, I’m the Founder of the Morgridge Acceleration Program (MAP) Fellowship. Your interest in the program—and advancing the impact of nonprofit organizations—is exciting to me and the entire team ...
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For 13 years, I was a teacher in the Bronx and DC. Teaching always surprises you, multiple times a day and often multiple times per hour ...
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