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The annual Do Good Challenge inspires students to make a difference for the issues, ideas, and communities they care about.

Due to UMD and government guidance in response to COVID-19, the 2020 Do Good Challenge has been cancelled. This includes the Finals event scheduled for April 30, 2020. In recognition of all the hard work that teams have done through their social impact projects and ventures this year, we are exploring new opportunities to engage and highlight students as well as alum teams as part of the 2021 Do Good Challenge. We are committed to putting on the best Do Good Challenge ever in 2021 and will be sharing more details in the future.


Students from across campus spend the year advocating, fundraising, volunteering, and developing solutions for pressing social issues. The Challenge culminates in a finals event where six teams pitch their project or venture and the impact they've made for the chance to win a share of more than $20,000.

Due to the coronavirus crisis, the 2020 Do Good Challenge is cancelled.

2021 dates will be announced this fall. Stay tuned for more information.

Judges select six prize winners (3 for each track):

  • 1st Place: $5,000
  • 2nd Place: $2,500
  • 3rd Place: $1,000

Audience members select two prize winners:

  • Finalist Audience Choice Award: $2,500
  • Showcase Audience Choice Award: Varies
  • Step 1 | Register Your Team: Before submitting your application, you must register for the Do Good Challenge. You will submit a team profile with your logo, team members and a description of your project or venture. 
  • Step 2 | Submit Application: How did you Do Good? In late spring, submit an application with your project or venture accomplishments, activities, and impact. The application includes information about your team type, team track, social issue, and activities. Applications are evaluated and scored by a panel of reviewers. 
  • Step 3 | Present at Semi-Finals: From nearly 100 applications, a select number of teams are chosen to advance to semi-finals to deliver a brief presentation followed by a Q&A. Semi-finalists are evaluated and scored by a panel of judges.
  • Step 4 | Pitch at Finals: This exciting and inspiring event features six final teams pitching their impact to a panel of expert judges and an audience of hundreds. Semi-finalists are invited to attend the reception showcase.
  • Applicants must be a currently enrolled student at the University of Maryland.
  • Applicants may apply as an individual or a team. Teams may be a new or existing (such as student organizations, fraternities or sororities, or academic programs).
  • Teams must have a designated team leader. Team leaders must be a full- or part-time, degree-seeking students at the University of Maryland.
  • Team leaders will be the main contact person for all ​communications​, notifications and questions.​Team Leaders will take primary responsibility for receiving and responding to all correspondence.
  • Applicants proposals, projects or ventures must be student-led and student-run.  Faculty, staff and external partners are encouraged to serve strictly as advisors or mentors.
  • Teams are encouraged to incorporate members and/or mentors from different colleges or schools. Where appropriate, teams should consider mentors that represent community partners or industry experts with unique knowledge and experience in the field related to the proposal, project or venture.
  • Applicants authorize the Do Good Institute to edit and publish proposal, project or venture information – including team member information (including names, majors and other affiliations), impact data, photos, videos, testimonials and success stories – in web and printed materials. Some teams may be profiled on our website and may appear in Do Good Institute, School of Public Policy and University of Maryland publications and other promotional materials.

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