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We are a campus of dedicated problem solvers who care deeply about making a difference in the world. Please join us and support our work.

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The contribution you make today, will support:

Education
UCI’s Blum Center is developing innovative courses to introduce students to the complex issue of poverty in the 21st century, and establishing field sites to provide students with opportunities to make meaningful contributions to alleviating poverty at home and abroad. Key elements of the curriculum will be made available to everyone online.

Research
The Center will support pioneering, interdisciplinary research to develop human-centered, contextually sensitive and sustainable solutions to poverty that draw upon the campus’ extensive expertise in areas such as financial inclusion, information technology, water management, energy efficiency and climate change.

Engagement
The Center will cultivate long-term partnerships in Southern California and at locations around the world so that the vast stock of ingenuity and concern available on our campus can be made available to those in need on terms that are ethical, enduring and effective. Throughout each year, the Blum Center will host distinguished speakers and events ranging from workshops and conferences to art exhibitions and creative performances.

Designing Solutions for Poverty
Designing Solutions for Poverty is an annual competition, hosted by the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation, to generate innovative ideas, products or services with potential to alleviate some aspect of poverty in the U.S. or abroad. Our goal is to help promising early stage ideas and innovations become sustainable social enterprises. The winning teams receive mentorship from industry leaders, office space and financial support.

Designing Solutions for Poverty is open to UCI faculty, staff, students, alumni and local community members. Since it began, the competition has generated over 90 proposals, addressing areas such as financial inclusion, energy alternatives and global health.

Invest in the Designing Solutions for Poverty Program

Sponsorship Levels

Investor $500
• Receive quarterly newsletter, includes summary of business progress
• Invitations to Blum Center events
• Provide written feedback to entrants in yearly competitions
• Acknowledgement on Blum Center website
(note: please write “Investor” in the Comment section of the giving page)

Mentor $1,000
• Receive quarterly newsletter, includes summary of business progress
• Invitations to Blum Center events
• Provide mentorship to entrants in yearly competitions
• Acknowledgement on Blum Center website & at select events
(note: please write “Mentor” in the Comment section of the giving page)

Founder $5,000
• Receive quarterly newsletter, includes summary of business progress
• VIP invitations to Blum Center events
• Invitation to “Sustaining Businesses” quarterly reviews to learn about the companies and their progress
• Acknowledgement on Blum Center website & at select events
• Invitation to annual event with Director of the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation
(note: please write “Founder” in the Comment section of the giving page)

Thank you!