WHAT IS SIPS?
Great question! The Georgetown University Social Innovation and Public Service (SIPS) Fund is a $1.5 million student-run fund that allocates grants and helps provide the resources for student and alumni social ventures. We fund a variety of projects; from nonprofit organizations here in the U.S. to medical projects abroad, SIPS is dedicated to investing in projects that serve the greater good, have social impact, and encourage innovative solutions.
Twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring, the SIPS Fund accepts applications for projects that serve the social good from alumni and students.
The mission of the SIPS Fund is to make strategic investments in Georgetown students and ideas that further our community’s Jesuit tradition of service to others.
To execute our mission, our student-run team of ten Georgetown undergraduates commit ourselves to investing in the ventures, ideas, and people who we believe can make a positive impact on the world. We take an open-minded approach to each and every application, examining it based on a set of criteria meant to foster your creativity. To date, we helped students and alum achieve impact through grants and incubation on the Hilltop, in underserved communities in DC, and in far-away places like Haiti, Ghana, and Nepal.
MORE ABOUT THE HISTORY OF SIPS
In 2011, Georgetown University decided that it would no longer use a large sum of money that was planned to be used for student activity fees, so it turned to its students to decide what to do with the nearly $1.5 million. One group of students had a remarkable idea: to embody Georgetown’s Jesuit value of men and women for others in a student run organization. They envisioned a student-run endowment that invested in student and alumni innovative ideas that do good in the world.
Since then, the SIPS Fund has invested more than $150,000 in student and alumni projects. It has sent students and alumni all over the world to execute well-planned projects to serve others. We hope to continue to grow as an organization and fund, positively making as much of an impact as we can.
The SIPS Fund operates in two teams - the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees. The Executive Committee is an entirely student-run team that handles the entire application and interview process - the EC handles the daily work of SIPS and keeps it going all year long. The Board of Trustees is composed of alumni, faculty, and students that have final say and approval to all decisions that the EC makes - the EC and Board meet twice a year to approve funding decisions. Read more about the people that comprise these teams in the "Leadership" section of our website.