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Cause Area

  • Community
  • Education & Literacy


218 Weiser Hall, 500 Church StAnn Arbor, MI 48109 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Cultivating the optiMize community. Bringing people together for transformative education. Creating projects that illuminate possibilities, in passionate pursuit of a just and sustainable future. Practicing love and care in all we do, to help everyone we meet ask themselves, "Why not me?"


We are a student-led organization at the University of Michigan that offers workshops, mentorship, and funding for students to create self-directed projects that make a positive impact. Our primary program is the optiMize Challenge. It's an incubator for students to develop their projects. Projects can receive up to $20,000 - we awarded a total of $215,000 in 2018.

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