Maddi Schink ’23 attends a meeting held by the Career Center’s Nonprofit Initiatives program in Tutt Library. Schink and other students participating in the program discuss their progress and next steps. Photo by Patil Khakhamian ’22

Nonprofit Initiatives at Colorado College was launched in the fall of 2019, with eight CC students taking a seat on the board of directors at three separate area nonprofits. The nonprofit sector is one of the fastest-growing in the country, with approximately 12.3 million jobs in the workforce. “We believe it’s important for students to understand the purpose, impact, and opportunities this sector provides,” says Assistant Professor of Economics and Business Kat Miller-Stevens. Miller-Stevens and Director of CC’s Public Interest Fellowship Program and Nonprofit Initiatives Cari Hanrahan oversee the program. The two share a mutual passion for engaging students in experiential learning opportunities in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.

“The NPI serves as the primary bridge between the CC student experience and the Colorado Springs nonprofit community, with our local nonprofits and philanthropic institutions greatly benefitting from the depth and breadth of viewpoints, experiences, skills, and knowledge that CC students have to offer,” says Heather Carroll ’89, a member of CC’s Board of Trustees and president and executive director of the Joseph Henry Edmondson Foundation, which is funding the Nonprofit Initiatives at Colorado College program.

The three nonprofits and the CC students on their boards of directors are:

Creek Week Steering Committee:
Maitland Robinson ’21
Jennifer Lam ’22
Maddie Perigaut ’23
James Hanafee ’22
Katie Wang ’22

Downtown YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region Advisory Board:
Maddi Schink ’23

Mountain Song Community School Board:
Jamyoung Dorji ’19, MAT ’20
Laurel Sullivan ’20