Earlier this summer, the program director role of D-SIP transitioned from Kat Walsh to Katy Wallander.
Now, Shelley Strickland, the creator of D-SIP’s educational curriculum and the teacher of the Friday morning classes, is also transitioning into a new role. Luckily for D-SIP, she will still oversee the program’s educational component and ensure the latest philanthropic research informs the classroom experience.
When she is not thinking about D-SIP, Shelley will be busy as the new vice president for development and donor relations for the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation. She will lead a team of four and work closely with the president and CEO to market the foundation’s services to individuals and families, corporations, private foundations, and professional advisors.
With the completion of its eighth year, D-SIP now has 190 alumni. As alumni move on to their post-D-SIP adventures, they continue to distinguish themselves as the leaders and best. Some apply their fundraising leadership directly to the development field, while others share it with their community. To recognize their contributions, D-SIP offers two awards at each Closing Ceremony.
The first award, the Chrissi Rawak Award of Distinction in Development, is for an alum doing exceptional work in the fundraising profession. The award is named after Chrissi Rawak, who recognized the importance of training the world’s future fundraisers and was a visionary behind the creation of D-SIP. This year’s award was given to Yoon Choi (D-SIP ’09) for the passion she shows for her development work, her commitment to the fundraising profession, and her willingness to mentor and support fellow alumni. Yoon previously worked in U-M development at the School of Nursing, the Department of Neurology, and the School of Social Work. These days, she is the director of annual giving for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.
You will definitely want to watch Yoon’s acceptance video here.
The Block M of Honor for Community Impact recognizes D-SIP alumni who have made philanthropic contributions to their community. This year, four D-SIP alumni spanning four different years of the program received the award. Katelyn Videto (D-SIP ’09), Joseph Sutkowi (D-SIP ’10), Emily Goyert (D-SIP ’11), and Laura Tomassi (D-SIP ’12) were recognized for their work together to establish a chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) for Washtenaw County. YNPN is a national organization that works to provide emerging nonprofit leaders with a forum to have fun, network, share experiences, and continue to develop professional skills. Having a YNPN chapter is not only a huge asset for the Washtenaw County community, but also an excellent way for recent D-SIP graduates to grow. Learn more about the Washtenaw Chapter here.
Congratulations to Yoon, Katelyn, Joseph, Emily, and Laura!
Kat and Katy
Feedback from alumni, supervisors, and friends of D-SIP has helped shape the internship program into a benchmark nationally. Still in its first decade of life, D-SIP is constantly evolving. This year brings one big change.
After more than seven years as program director, Kat Walsh will be passing the D-SIP leadership baton on to Katy Wallander. An alum of D-SIP 2009, Katy has served as D-SIP program coordinator for the past four years. While stepping down as director, Kat will continue to lecture in the Friday afternoon Professional Development class and, as a program co-creator, will always remain an important part of D-SIP. As the ongoing director of Student Engagement, Kat manages the Telefund and Student Philanthropy teams and continues to build a culture of philanthropy on campus.
The support of D-SIP’s founding donor, Molly Dobson (AB ’44, HLLD ’12), was critical to launching a program that has grown to include 163 alumni, garner two national awards, and set the standard for development internships at institutions of higher education across the country.
Molly’s support was also critical in establishing and fully funding the salaries of Dobson interns—D-SIP interns working in community nonprofits. Without Molly’s support to D-SIP, most or all of these organizations would be unable to afford summer interns.
In addition to her financial support, Molly’s time and talent have influenced D-SIP enormously. Every summer, she visits D-SIP to talk with the interns, sharing with them her personal journey and philanthropic experiences.
Molly’s son, Steve Dobson (MBA ’72), has long served as a member of the Dobson committee, helping D-SIP select meaningful projects, supportive host sites, and interns well-suited for the Dobson internships.
This past fall, as the University launched the Victors for Michigan campaign, both Molly and Steve, and Steve’s wife Judy, chose to be Victors for D-SIP with generous campaign gifts. Molly’s gift will allow our Dobson internships to continue beyond this summer, when funding would otherwise have expired, and Steve and Judy’s gift will enhance D-SIP’s overall programming.
These gifts will sustain the parts of the program that have so benefitted the Ann Arbor community and enriched classroom discussions as well as embellish the overall program toward the end of its first decade. We appreciate the Dobsons’ support and look forward to the future of D-SIP.