Meet our new nonprofit unicorn

by Lindsay Lennon,

MBA students invest real money to support crucial projects in the regional community.

In the 2016-2017 academic year, the Atkinson Graduate School of Management introduced the not-for-profit answer to the angel investment experience: A grant management program with $150,000 in seed money managed by MBA candidates.

Willamette MBA Dean and JELD-WEN Professor of Free Enterprise Debra Ringold views the grant administration program as another way Atkinson blends experiential and consequential learning methods into one powerful student experience.

"This two-semester, two-instructor opportunity allows students to experience, firsthand, the challenges, joys, and responsibilities of building and evaluating not-for-profit capacity,” Ringold said.

Read more about how these funds were distributed, what students thought about the course, and how this one-of-a-kind program was built.

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