by Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Elevate Maryland
WHAT’S YOUR BIG IDEA TO SPARK SOCIAL CHANGE IN HOWARD COUNTY?
If you have one you can win up to $25k in prize money to bring it to life. The Horizon Foundation and United Way of Central Maryland want to hear YOUR innovative ideas to make Howard County better by September 16!
Individuals, teams and nonprofit organizations are invited to pitch a big idea and have a chance to potentially receive up to $25,000 in prize money. Ideas are not limited to specific categories, and could focus on people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, health, the environment, social justice, children, teens, older adults or a host of other issue areas.
“We know Howard County is a community of big thinkers and innovative problem-solvers,” said Nikki Highsmith Vernick, President and CEO of the Horizon Foundation. “As we continue to see results from our first Changemaker Challenge in 2017, we hope even more community members will join us in sparking fresh ideas for meaningful, lasting social change.”
Four grants totaling $60,000 will be given in the amounts of: $25,000, $15,000, $10,000 and $10,000. One will be awarded to a project serving people with developmental or intellectual disabilities.
”I encourage all Elevators to take a step back and consider how you want to catalyze change in Howard County. You know you’ve thought of ideas here and there, right? … you are Elevators! I hope you will consider putting your ideas to paper and applying for the Changemaker Challenge – the deadline is one week from today on 9/16. I did two years ago and was a Changemaker Challenge finalist. Although the big idea my team submitted didn’t ultimately win, we put our time, smarts, and energy into developing a solid plan to make a difference in #HoCoMD and it has only fueled our fire to keep going to make our community better” – Candace Dodson Reed, Elevate Maryland
Hosted by the Horizon Foundation and United Way of Central Maryland, the Changemaker Challenge is an event focused on sparking innovation and fresh thinking to address some of Howard County’s most pressing issues.