Announcing Top-25 Finalists for the Ivory Prize for Housing Affordability
The Role of Faith in Social Impact
Today, the Ivory Prize for Housing Affordability announced the nation-wide innovation challenge's Top-25 finalists. Ideas include the three focus areas of construction and design, finance, and, public policy and regulatory reform.
"Our Top-25 represent companies, ideas, and initiatives that are making an immediate impact on housing affordability. Some are further than others, but many show great promise," said Clark Ivory, CEO, Ivory Homes and chairman of the Ivory Foundation. "I am more optimistic about the future of housing affordability in this country after reviewing 126 promising nominees. We are a country built on entrepreneurship and problem solving, and I am very impressed by the outstanding individuals committed to finding new approaches to this complex issue.
Healthy & Whole: Tiana Rogers' Life Mission
For thousands of years, religious leaders have taught their followers to oppose engaging in business enterprises seen as morally irresponsible, such as alcohol, tobacco, or the slave trade. With the Torah, the five books of Moses from the Old Testament, serving as a source for the Jewish faith and the Qur’an guiding the Islamic faith, religious texts support the idea that you could engage in business and trade as long as your spirituality, morals, and relationship with God were the guiding forces behind your decision making. Many Christian religions held these values too. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist faith, once said, “Gain all you can, without hurting either yourself or your neighbor.”
The More Unknown, the Better: A profile on Impact Fellow Mitchell Wulfman
Sorenson Impact is happy to welcome Dr. Tiana Rogers to the team. Dr. Rogers joins the Center as Program Manager for Policy Innovation, a role to which she brings a wealth of professional experience and an incredible educational background. She grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota before earning her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She then went on to earn two master's degrees, one in criminal justice and the other in human service leadership, both from Concordia University in St. Paul. She then earned a Ph.D. in human services with a social and community services specialization from Capella University in Minneapolis.
$200K For Ideas Improving Housing Affordability
A common theme runs through the staff and students at Sorenson Impact: curiosity. People hail from all walks of life, with a wide array of educational backgrounds, professional experience, family dynamics, cultures, interests, hobbies and more. An innovative social impact center like Sorenson has seemed to attract people who want to do, learn, and experience a little bit of everything. Mitchell Wulfman, one of our phenomenal impact investing students, is no exception.
Where in the World is William Powers?
Ivory Innovations has announced a $200,000 Ivory Prize in Housing Affordability to honor innovations in design, financing and policy that seek to increase access in housing affordability.
This new prize is supported by the Clark and Christine Ivory Foundation and the Sorenson Impact Center at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. It seeks to recognize the most ambitious, adoptable and innovative solutions to address housing affordability and generate awareness and new ideas to address this national issue.
Lessons from the Millennial Impact Report from Sorenson Impact students
Trying to keep up with Billy Powers is a difficult task. He’s lived all over the United States, rarely for more than a couple of years at a time. He worked with Sorenson Impact for about three years, though he only lived in Utah for six months, and in August he left the Beehive State and headed to the Big Apple. For most people, this kind of lifestyle would suggest a lack of commitment, but for Billy it means the exact opposite. The fluidity of Billy’s history is the perfect illustration of who he is and why he does what he does; he is a passionate person on a quest to help children in less-than-ideal circumstances. Getting to know him and learning to understand him is as interesting, and ever-changing, as following his location on a map.
What Does It Mean to Be an Impact Fellow?
When Calvin Pape interned at the Sorenson Impact Center in Salt Lake City in May 2018, his capitalist mindset was hard-earned. Between having to work part time jobs from when he was 14 and being raised by divorced parents busy with their own lives, “It wasn’t all flowers and unicorns growing up,” he says. It taught the 20-year-old David Eccles School of Business student that, “Monetary incentive is the only way to get people to do anything.”
Onwards & Upwards - Farewell To Kaitie Jowers
The Sorenson Impact Center at the University of Utah is one of the nation’s leading social impact organizations, and is at the forefront of the impact revolution. What is the Impact Revolution? What is Pay for Success? What is impact investing? Why should you apply to be an Impact Fellow at the Center? Let’s answer these questions.
More Than Data — Getting To Know Luke Tuttle
If you know Kaitie Jowers, then you know how bittersweet it is that her time at Sorenson Impact recently came to an end. Kaitie officially left the Center in July of 2018 to attend law school at Georgetown University. Although everyone will miss her greatly, we’re excited for her to pursue her dreams. We’re also very appreciative of everything she did for the Center. Here’s a glimpse at some of the incredible things she did in her time at Sorenson Impact, and a chance to get to know Kaitie a little bit better.
4 Reasons to Care About Impact Investing
Talking to Sorenson Impact student fellow Luke Tuttle yields a very clear theme: he wants people to understand each other.
From Colombia to Utah; High Aspirations for Helping the World
Trillions of dollars are about to change hands. Where is this money going, and what's going to happen to it?
Investing in Hearing Solutions For Children in Economically Disadvantaged Communities
Within the first 30 seconds of talking to Gabe Moreno, one thing will undoubtedly stand out to you: he’s a really good person. Gabe is exceptionally charismatic yet admirably humble, and extremely intelligent though he’d never admit any of those things. With a small ego and large aspirations, it’s clear that Gabe is headed places with a very bright future ahead of him.
The Promise of Opportunity Zones
In 2018, earAccess tapped the Sorenson Impact Foundation for funding, and the student fellows at the Sorenson Impact Center jumped on the project. Students conducted impact research, financial modeling, market analysis and more to form an educated opinion on the success of earAccess's business model. Learn about earAccess and their impact.
See how University of Utah students contributed to an investment in Liberty & Justice
A new tool for disrupting the cycle of poverty in America, the Opportunity Zone legislation, creates a framework for investing in distressed communities across the Country.
Why wait for retirement? A student's perspective on jumping into social impact
Liberty & Justice is obviously having a huge impact on its community in Liberia.
But the company has also changed the lives of the students at Sorenson Impact Center who worked on securing funding. Impact fellows work with real money and real companies — just like Liberty & Justice — to gain experience that will benefit them in their careers.
Kindergarten Readiness in Coastal Oregon
If anything in this world is capable of ruining Jackie Sullivan’s day, it’s the feeling of being confined or limited in what she can do. If you talk to Jackie, even briefly, you’ll quickly realize how much she loves change, versatility, and learning new things.
Catalyzing Impact and Empowering Early Childhood Education Leaders
In 2017, the Northwest Oregon Kinder Ready Collaborative asked the Sorenson Impact Center to examine eight school districts' education data to inform their journey of developing a preschool program, aiming to increase Kindergarten readiness. Data scientist Gwendolyn Reynolds traveled to Oregon with her team, gathered mounds of data from hundreds of spreadsheets, and created a visualization to help explain the relationships found among different factors that influence early childhood learning.
Evidence-based Policy in a Bipartisan Congress (Yes, It’s a Real Thing)
The first big project in which I participated as a Policy Innovation Fellow was the Early Childhood Innovation Lab (ECIL). The inaugural lab was a collaboration between the National Head Start Association, the Sorenson Impact Center, and the David Eccles School of Business that aims to enable early childhood service providers to create sustainable solutions to the most pressing issues they face at work.
Our work in evidence-based policy at the Center began with a federal grant initiated by the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation under something called the Social Innovation Fund (“SIF”). Designed to be a “catalyst for impact,” the SIF provided funding and support for direct services in evidence-based programs as well as enabled entities such as ours to explore whether a new approach to public-private partnerships, called Pay for Success (“PFS”), could help move the needle on difficult-to-solve social problems like persistent homelessness, school readiness, and breaking the cycle for justice-involved youth and adults. Catalyzing systems-level change came without a federal mandate that this is how it (whatever it was) ought to be done. Instead, the SIF empowered local governments and nonprofits to implement evidence-based approaches to problems defined and informed by local knowledge.