The Georgetown University Social Innovation and Public Service (SIPS) Fund is a $1.5 million student-run fund that allocates approximately $60,000 in award money every year to help students and alumni start their own social ventures. The mission of SIPS grows out of the Jesuit tradition of service to others. At the SIPS Fund, we invest in people as changemakers and match them with the resources they need to address pressing issues and create substantive, positive social impact.
We evaluate award proposals based on our four pillars–Innovation, Sustainability, Impact on Community, and Impact on the Student or Alum–and work with awardees to help them transform their public service ideas into a reality. We fund projects spanning a variety of geographic locations and areas of focus, from nonprofit organizations to international workshops. To date, SIPS has incubated more than 150 student and alumni projects.