Kelley Institute for Social Impact

Kelley Institute for Social Impact

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— Every door opens a new opportunity —

In July 2020, we launched the Container Home Pilot Project, working to turn a recycled shipping container into an affordable housing opportunity.

The project was born through a Kelley Institute for Social Impact Case Competition in early 2019. The build was supported through a winning award of $10,000 and a generous grant of $41,420 through the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County Community Impact Grant program.

With lower construction costs (and, in turn, mortgage payments) than traditional homes, this pilot project could allow us to provide a long-term housing solution that is especially beneficial to lower- and fixed-income households.

The Container Home was moved to its permanent location in fall 2021, and we are excited to move forward to finalizing the home & identifying the right family to move in.

View the full report: https://bit.ly/HFHMC21
Whirlpool kicked off its House + Home World Tour in Osage Place while students & staff from Kelley School of Business joined homeowners Javier & Veronica in framing the walls of their home. We had the honor of hosting Whirlpool & Habitat for Humanity CEOs Marc Bitzer and Jonathan Reckford for some wonderful media coverage this morning!

We can’t wait to officially celebrate this partnership tomorrow morning at our groundbreaking ceremony with Javier & Veronica and team members from Whirlpool, the Kelley School/Kelley Institute for Social Impact, and Habitat For Humanity International, before heading off to cheer on the Hoosiers for homecoming!
Meet future homeowners Javier and Veronica!
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What started as just an idea three years ago will soon turn into a reality for Javier and Veronica. Next week, the couple and their five children — Karen (16), Anthony (13), Jonathan (10), Javier Jr. (8 ), and Angel (5) — will break ground on their new home in Habitat’s Osage Place Neighborhood as part of the 11th annual Whirlpool-Kelley-Habitat Blitz Build.

Javier and Veronica have called Bloomington home for the last twenty-two years, having each moved to the city from Central Mexico in 1999. Soon, “home” will have a new meaning for this family of seven. They currently live in an overcrowded apartment, where some of the children occasionally sleep in the living room “just to get some space from their siblings.”

“Above all, my children are happy because we will have our home, and they will no longer have to move from one place to another. It is a place where we are all going to be united — watching them grow and enjoying their home.” Veronica said they had a meeting with the children and talked about how they would be moving into a home – not just a building – but their new home. “Everyone will get more space, but they know it will also come with more responsibilities to keep it going.”

The pandemic caused some difficulties for the family, but they have “learned how to be patient.” When Javier lost his job at a restaurant he was “nervous for a period of time,” but soon found other work as a handyman while Veronica continues to work in nearby Solsberry.

“We are grateful for everyone who has helped us. We really didn’t think it was possible, but I thank everyone for the support they are giving us. We’ve learned it won’t be a traditional process how the house will be built, but we will work with all sorts of people in our community. We are grateful for the Bloomington community, IU, Whirlpool, and certainly for Habitat,” said Veronica.

Javier & Veronica's home is sponsored by Whirlpool, in partnership with the Kelley School of Business/Kelley Institute for Social Impact.

Read more on our website: https://bit.ly/3aiLpdG
More progress in our pilot container home project--we spy cut-outs for doors and windows! Some may say welder's "sparks flew" this week on site 😉.

This groundbreaking project is funded in large part by the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County through their Monroe County Community Impact Grant program.

The idea was born through the Kelley Institute for Social Impact’s (KISI) Kelley Impact Competition in early 2019. The winning team of students developed a plan to construct homes from recycled shipping containers, and the idea was supported through an award of $10,000.

📷: Ann Schertz Photography
On July 8, we were so excited to welcome a small group of volunteers back on a build site for the first time since March! The focus of this crew was (and will continue to be in the next few months) the construction of our pilot container home project funded in large part by the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County Community Impact Grant program.

This competitive granting program, co-funded by the Smithville Charitable Foundation, is designed to fuel innovative ideas and lasting impact in Monroe County through funding opportunities to meet our community’s most pressing needs and seize its most compelling opportunities.

Converting shipping container homes to affordable housing is not an entirely new concept, but this will be the FIRST Habitat effort in Indiana. The local project was born through the Kelley Institute for Social Impact’s (KISI) Kelley Impact Competition in early 2019. The winning team of students developed a plan to construct homes from recycled shipping containers, and the idea was supported through an award of $10,000.

With lower construction costs (and then in-turn mortgage payments) than typical homes, this pilot project could potentially allow us to explore the feasibility of homeownership for lower-income households earning 25% of the area median income.

You can learn more about the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County Impact Grants online here: https://www.cfbmc.org/impact-grants-2019-2/.

To learn more about the campus-wide Kelley Institute for Social Impact Kelley Impact Competition, visit: https://bit.ly/KelleyImpact.

📸 Thank you also to the incredible Ann Schertz for helping us capture these amazing images! 📸
Take a few minutes to help out Kelley Institute for Social Impact by completing their student survey. KISI wants to connect more directly with social impact initiatives and learn what initiatives you value in companies. You could even win a free 👕!
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We received a large donation of pet food and supplies from the Kelley Institute for Social Impact! Our programs and services are only possible because of the support from our community. #ThankYouFromTheAnimals
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KISI bridges business education with strategies to alleviate poverty through work in social entrepreneurship, economic development, and community service.

The Kelley Initiatives for Social Impact, housed in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, provides students with experiential and educational opportunities related to international development, community service, and social entrepreneurship.

Operating as usual

Photos from Kelley Institute for Social Impact's post 07/23/2021

During the Spring '21 semester, KISI was honored to partner with student organizations and campus partners to welcome three amazing guest speakers. The experiences and perspectives of these changemakers can help us learn more about the world and the social impact we can create!

07/23/2021

As part of our "Conversations with KISI" series, we had the opportunity to speak with Courtney Payne-Taylor, Founder of Girls Riders Organization and Operations Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington.

Courtney spoke about her journey starting GRO, a non-profit that partners with local female skaters to teach girls skateboarding. Along with its many initiatives, it also helps girls imbibe crucial life skills such as confidence, resilience, and strength of character. She has GRO crews across 11 states and now helps existing children's organizations establish GRO programs. Swipe to the next slide for some key takeaways. Visit our YouTube channel (linked in the comments) to watch the full conversation!

07/16/2021

As part of our "Conversations with KISI" series, we had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Kristin Joys, Professor of Social Entrepreneurship and Co-founder of the Social Impact and Sustainability (SIS) initiative at the University of Florida.

During our conversation, she discussed her work championing sustainability, social impact, and corporate social responsibility, and provided insight on benefit corporations. Visit our YouTube Channel (linked in the comments) to watch the full conversation!

07/16/2021

As part of our "Conversations with KISI" series, we had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Dionne Nickerson, Assistant Professor of Marketing at the Kelley School of Business.

Dr. Nickerson, who received her Ph.D. in Business Administration from Georgia Tech, detailed her unique career path and gave insights regarding CSR's impact on companies' brand sales and reputations. Visit our YouTube Channel (linked in the comments) to watch the full conversation!

07/16/2021

KISI is so proud of the invaluable contributions our organizations have made in the Spring '21 semester! Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, our students remain dedicated to making a mark on the local community. Take a look at our most recent accomplishments!

01/29/2021

KISI is proud of everything this community has accomplished in the past 10 years, and we’d love to take a look back and celebrate our Decade of Difference. Looking forward to continuing to make an impact in our future! Thank you for being a part of it.

01/29/2021

KISI is proud of everything this community has accomplished in the past 10 years, and we’d love to take a look back and celebrate our Decade of Difference. Looking forward to continuing to make an impact in our future! Thank you for being a part of it.

Photos from Kelley Institute for Social Impact's post 01/26/2021

We caught up with Kelley senior Jackson Holforty who was part of last year‘s winning team for the 2020 Kelley Impact Competition.
Jackson says, “I am very glad I participated in the case competition this past year. It was a wonderful opportunity for my team and I to gain case experience together while making a real-world impact and supporting a great cause. I would definitely recommend participating in this annual competition!”

The application for the 2021 Impact Competition is open NOW! Grab three of your friends and had to the link in our bio to register your team before the window closes on February 21st.
For more info, check out our website or comment your questions below!
#KelleyImpactCompetition #CaseComp

01/22/2021

Join us for the latest Conversations with KISI this upcoming Friday (1/29) at 12:30pm!


Courtney Payne Taylor shares her experiences starting a nonprofit in the action sports industry focused on improving opportunities for and inspiring young girls! Please scan the QR code to register for this incredible event!

Photos from Kelley Institute for Social Impact's post 01/19/2021

Big news! We have extended our international internship application and will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis.

To better ensure the safety of our students, staff, and partners, we expect all of these internships to be offered virtually. While not being able to travel physically is unfortunate, we have no doubt that a virtual internship with an international partner will bring a host of impactful benefits, from global networking to a chance to make a difference for a community across the world. Apply fast, as we will only be reviewing applications on a rolling basis for a limited time. Access the application through the link in our bio!

01/18/2021

KISI celebrates the life of the revered civil rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr., and encourages everyone to honor his legacy by engaging in service to help bring justice to communities worldwide.

01/08/2021

As we approach the start of a new semester, we are excited to highlight one of our former international interns! Morgan Paul completed a KISI internship at Stellar Child Care Organization in Andong, Cambodia (on the outskirts of Phnom Penh). This organization focused on health, safety, and education for the surrounding village residents. On determining what made her internship impactful, Morgan remarks, "My internship was a valuable experience because it pushed me to problem solve while acknowledging that I had more to learn than I had to give SCCO. I learned how to be patient and yet persistent when looking at very broad social issues- all of which were not going to be resolved in the 8 weeks I had in Phnom Penh. My internship offered a balance of collaboration and autonomy so I never felt truly alone, but I was still pushed outside my comfort zone to grow and learn, and I am truly thankful for the experience." If you are looking for your own international internship opportunity, applications are OPEN for 2021 summer internships! Apply by January 19th here: gokelley.iu.edu/internwithpurpose

Photos from Kelley Institute for Social Impact's post 01/02/2021

We are excited to announce this year’s annual Kelley Impact Competition! For 2021, we have partnered with the Community Justice and Mediation Center located here in Bloomington to tackle an important social issue and make REAL change.
We invite all IU undergraduate students to come together for a great cause and share your brilliant ideas. In addition to the $15,000 of monetary prizes, the community nonprofit partner and the winning team receive up to $10,000 in seed money to implement the idea and create lasting change in our community.
Thank you to each organization that makes this incredible event possible.
Registration opens at our website on January 18th. Visit our site (link in bio) or let us know if you have any questions!

12/02/2020

The application for our 2021 International Internships is now LIVE! Through gaining international business experience to assisting global entrepreneurs, the benefits to an international internship are countless. Whether physical or virtual, these are opportunities you do not want to miss. Head to the link in our bio for more information on international internships and where to apply.

https://kelley.iu.edu/programs/undergrad/why-kelley/social-impact/internships/international-internships/index.cshtml?redirect=/faculty-research/centers-institutes/institute-for-social-impact/internships/international-internships/index.cshtml

11/12/2020

Tomorrow, Friday, November 13th we are joined by Professor Dionne Nickerson for a conversation about modern Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). She is bringing her knowledge on the intersection of marketing and CSR, technology consulting, and teaching abroad — this is sure to be an incredible Conversation with KISI!!
Get the Zoom link by following the link in our bio. DM us with any questions!
See you tomorrow!

11/10/2020

As we continue towards the end of the school year, we are excited to announce the 2021 KISI International Internships will begin accepting applications on December 1st! International Internships offer experience-based learning in a global environment, where students can contribute to the success of an international firm while interacting with and learning from local cultures. While the state of travel permissions is ongoing, these opportunities will all be offered virtually and are guaranteed to be a remarkable learning experience no matter the platform. Be sure to stay updated with the KISI website as we learn of ongoing travel developments, and mark your calendars - this is a date you don't want to miss!

11/05/2020

Are jobs in business mutually exclusive from giving back to the world around you?
Is there such thing as a moral tobacco executive?
Find out TONIGHT at 6PM when we welcome Kelley Alum Lance Breitstein to talk to us about Selfish Altruism. We are so lucky to have him join us and can’t wait to hear his insight into aligning values with your business career. Thank you to @tedxindianauniversity and the Investment Banking Workshop for co-hosting this event with us.
To get the Zoom link, go to the event in the Kelley calendar through the URL, QR code, or link in our bio and register!
Let us know if you have any questions, and see you there!

10/10/2020

On this World Mental Health Day, we want to highlight and recognize every person who has helped in shedding a light on mental health and the huge role it plays in our daily lives. The impact of mental health is indisputably important, and we have a full list of mental health related resources at IU here: https://www.indiana.edu/hoosier-life/health-wellness.html

Additionally, the Kelley School of Business is offering some free Headspace memberships. Headspace helps you take care of your mind, at work and at home. It’s meditation made simple with exercises that help you live a little calmer and clearer, with science-backed benefits like less stress and sharper focus. Email [email protected] to request a link.

Take some time for you today, give yourself some self check-ins, and realize that focusing on yourself is never a bad thing ❤️

10/05/2020

Join us at 12pm on October 16th for a Conversations with KISI featuring Rob Smith, the Vice President of Collaborative Strategies at the Lilly Endowment. While with Lilly, Rob has lead the "Enhancing Opportunity" initiative in Indianapolis which assists residents in overcoming poverty and financial insecurity on their way to economic self-sufficiency. We are so excited to have Rob talk to us about the Lilly Endowment and the future of community impact in business! Link to register: https://iu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8j3rXi8NcJ3kmln

09/18/2020

Last Friday, we enjoyed our first Conversation with KISI! Brandon Luebbehusen shared incredible stories and insights about consulting full-time at Bain & Company and working with the city of Chicago through the COVID-19 crisis. Seeing how his experience with KISI has translated into his post-grad professional success and personal goals was inspiring. Thank you to Brandon for sharing his time with us, and thank you to all who attended!

09/09/2020

Join us for our first Conversations with KISI of the 2020 school year with KISI alumni Brandon Luebbehusen! Brandon graduated from Indiana University in May 2018 with majors in finance and operations management. On campus, he was President of the Alternative Break Program his senior year and worked as a campus tour guide. Now, Brandon works in Chicago as an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company, through which he has had opportunities to support Chicago's COVID-19 recovery efforts and advise on fundraising strategy for a veterans-focused not-for-profit. We're excited for this one! Sign up here: https://iu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8j3rXi8NcJ3kmln

08/24/2020

Happy first day of classes! We hope everyone is having a safe & exciting return. We are happy to announce the KISI Open House is tomorrow at 7pm! Come learn about our amazing internship opportunities, student organizations, case competition, and everything else KISI does to help students create social impact in business. Join through the QR code attached or through this link: https://iu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vDWBecnITHOqSIltbaWpNg

08/03/2020

Throwback to when KISI alumna Nellie Li decided to do more with her Spring Break by choosing to spend her days off from school with Alternative Break Program (ABP). Nellie participated in ABP from 2014 to 2018. Now, she is graduated and working at Deloitte as a Business Technology Analyst, but the impact she made at IU has not been forgotten!

“ABP was the common thread throughout my four years at IU. From translating storytelling videos for the Rich Coast Project in Costa Rica, building bottle schools with 7elements in the Dominican Republic, teaching English classes with International Rescue Committee in Atlanta, and creating a governance model for a sewing center for Dara in Cambodia, each of my experiences was surrounded by the wonderful students that make up KISI. The impact we were able to make in each community is made possible by the bright minds and caring hearts of KISI members.”

We want to send a big thank you to Nellie Li for her social impact as a student, helping to create KISI's legacy and Decade of Difference!

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The Kelley Institute for Social Impact, housed in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, provides students with experiential and educational opportunities related to international development, community service, and social entrepreneurship.

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