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PIFP: A Win-Win Experience
"Over a decade ago, I founded PIFP to introduce Colorado College students to nonprofit organizations seeking systemic solutions to societal problems and to help graduates launch careers that would engage them in efforts to meet these challenges. PIFP has been my gift to Colorado College. I encourage you to help ensure the vitality of this program by making a donation."
- Jeff Livesay, CC Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Founder of PIFP
"One of the reasons I decided to attend Colorado College was the PIFP program. I was deeply impressed with CC’s commitment to placing its students in top-quality nonprofits working for the public good. The PIFP program speaks volumes to the College’s values of integrity and social responsibility, and allows students to immerse themselves in those values. I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate in PIFP, and to learn for myself how much I'd love a career in public interest work."
--Elliot Mamet '14, Summer Fellow, ACLU of Colorado
PIFP has grown immensely in popularity. In 2004-05, PIFP received 34 applications and placed 10 fellows. In 2016-17, PIFP received 115 applications and placed 39 fellows. More than 65% of the annual PIFP budget goes to supplementing our fellows' salaries with our partner organizations who are part of the increasingly stretched nonprofit sector.
Seed money from the President's office and an endowment funded PIFP for the first 10 years. PIFP has now outgrown its endowment. For years, PIFP held the fellow salary requirement low in order to protect the budgets of its partner organizations.We recognize the pressing need to provide fellows an equitable salary so we can continue to attract top fellowship applicants for this signature CC experience.
PIFP fellows are problem-solvers, quick-learners, impassioned, articulate, and committed. They are a great deal for any organization at any wage. On the flip side, our partner organizations are offering meaningful, high-level opportunities that few of our fellows’ peers are experiencing in entry-level positions. Know that your donation to PIFP will help keep this “win-win” program going for the next generation of CC grads.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your support.
Cari Hanrahan, Director
Public Interest Fellowship Program and Nonprofit Initiatives