Announcing the 2020 Social Changemaker Challenge

March 3, 2020

Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact (IAMNCC) is excited to announce the 2020 Social Changemaker Challenge, funded by Principal. The Social Changemaker Challenge uses higher education’s human capital to create innovative solutions to complex social problems. It helps students gain experience addressing complex social problems by demonstrating highly sought-after workforce skills like leadership, problem-solving, critical thinking, adaptability, and teamwork.

The challenge is open to teams of current college students in business or related majors interested in using emerging business skills to address complex social problems. Teams will work with a local community or campus partner and be supported in taking a systems-level approach to understanding a problem, identifying gaps, and proposing solutions. Teams will then deliver their pitch to a panel of Principal staff members and community judges and be eligible for project implementation prizes of up to $10,000.

“We’re proud to partner with Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact for this year’s Changemaker Challenge says Mandi McReynolds, Director of Principal Foundation and Community Relations.  “We are committed to empowering youth toward a more financially secure future and creating workforce applicable experiences to help improve access to financial security.”

Faculty, staff, or student leaders can submit an application on behalf of a team. The application will include a description of the problem and plans for the partnership. IAMNCC staff will select and invite student-community teams to the innovation challenge day. On the day of the challenge, teams will learn about systems mapping and ideation and receiving coaching from Principal staff and nonprofit partners. Teams will be judged on their understanding of the problem at a systems level, their identification of gaps, and the connection of these to their proposed solutions. First-round applications are now due May 15, 2020 and another round will be opened in August 2020.

Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact strengthens the capacity of colleges and universities to fulfill the public purposes of higher education through its network of 58 campuses. This includes educating students through community and civic learning experiences and making an impact in communities through reciprocal partnerships that address community-identified goals. IAMNCC creates partnership opportunities, supports quality programming through professional development, and promotes the importance of the civic mission. For more Minnesota information visit For Iowa opportunities, visit

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