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The Center for Social Solutions strives to leverage the expert knowledge housed at the University of Michigan to connect with other institutions in order to devise practical solutions to prominent social issues. Your contribution to the center advances this mission to protect the public interest, whether you choose to help us maintain our current operations or allow us to develop new programs. You can browse our funding options on the Leaders & Best website, or learn more about the specific funds your gift can support below.

If you are interested in supporting the center's mission through engaging in a collaborative partnership, please reference this page for more information.

The strategic fund advances the Center for Social Solution's core mission, enabling us to direct resources in support of our greatest needs, whether that be personnel, operating costs, or specific initiatives. In addition to supporting all of the efforts outlined in the other fund descriptions, this fund gives us greater flexibility to develop new projects and functionalities within the center.


The fund for the Slavery and Its Aftermath Initiative sponsors our efforts to advance social awareness of the history of slavery and its influence on the continuation of slavery and other social issues we are confronting today. Your gift might enable the production and dissemination of facts about slavery, and kickstart collaborative programming among historical, educational, media and cultural institutions.


The Future of Work Initiative fund underwrites our efforts to craft solutions as we probe the meaning and dignity of labor in a highly automated world. Contributions will support national convenings, educational tools, and projects that create interactive databases on global future work projects, as well as scalable, collaborative solutions to changes in the make up of work. 

This fund expressly supports our Diversity and Democracy Initiative—including our founding project, Our Compelling Interests—which seeks to advance the understanding that diversity and inclusion are essential to sustaining democracy and a prosperous society. Your gift may also support future projects such as nationwide conversations and programming, or the development of an annual award that would recognize individuals, teams or institutions that have taken significant steps to advance diversity.

This fund finances the kickoff of our Water, Equity and Security Initiative, the goal of which is to produce a socially-viable demonstrative model for transferring surplus water from flood-prone areas to drought-stricken regions. Your gift will empower us to gather an interdisciplinary team of engineers, city planners, tax experts, transportation analysts, and public policy experts that can begin brainstorming a sustainable solution to this pervasive issue.

The student support fund enables us to better support student positions within the center—research associates, assistants, or interns—while providing valuable learning opportunities and career-building experiences. Your gift may also support research, events, and project grants for individual students, student groups, or other departments on-campus in areas that relate to the center’s core initiatives.