The GU Impact Fellowship Partners

Students worked in teams with local organizations, advancing their efforts toward sustainable change.

GU Impact partners were non-profits, NGOs, and corporate organizations, to show students positive social impact in any sector. Topics varied by location, including community engagement, disability advocacy, economic advancement, eco-tourism, education, entrepreneurship, women’s empowerment, and more.

Partners matter.

Our diverse set of partners had an overarching mission to create social impact at the community level.


Akazi Kanoza Access (AKA)


Akazi Kanoze started six (6) years ago as a project implemented by Education Development Center (EDC) under USAID funding. EDC has locations around the world, including Washington, D.C., and has implemented youth employment and empowerment projects in Rwanda. Building on achieved results and successes, the project’s local staff and various stakeholders have established a national NGO called Akazi Kanoze Access (AKA) in order to sustain and scale up the project models with the support of USAID and EDC.

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Center for Civic Innovation (CCI)


The Center for Civic Innovation is a community-driven research and development lab based in Atlanta for local governments, nonprofits, and social entrepreneurs. The Center’s mission is to find, test, and invest in outcome-driven solutions to local social challenges.

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El Nido Resorts (ENR)


The Ten Knots Group of Companies opened its first El Nido Resort at Miniloc Island in Bacuit Bay, El Nido, Palawan, in December 1982. Since its inception, Ten Knots has advocated responsible tourism and has exercised stewardship over its natural environment and forged partnerships with local community members. For over three decades, Ten Knots has strived to maintain a delicate balance between achieving tourism development goals, conserving El Nido’s fragile environment, and meeting the needs of the local community.

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Ernst & Young, Central America (EYCA)


EY is a global leader in audit, tax, transaction, advisory, financial services organization (FSO), legal, and sustainability services. At the local level, EY Central America, Panama, and Dominican Republic (EYCA), we are committed to doing our part in building a better working world for our people, our clients, and our community. Within this large corporation, social impact is prominent in their departments of environmental law, seedbyEY, and internal sustainability within their company.

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Federal City Council (FC2)


The Federal City Council (FC2) is a 501(c)(3) membership-based organization in Washington, DC. Led by former DC Mayor Anthony Williams, the Council endeavors to enhance DC’s economic and social progress by focusing the talents of Washington’s business and professional leaders on major problems and opportunities that are facing the City. Membership on the FC2 is highly selective and is limited to top business, professional and civic leaders.

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Kunde Social Cafe


The Kunde Social Cafe was founded to combat the social stigma and isolation facing individuals with mental disabilities, (LLC “Best For People Foundation”). The organization trains and employs adults with mental disabilities while fostering a positive space for interaction with the public, including university student volunteers and families of people with special needs.

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Mann Deshi Foundation and Mann Deshi Bank


Mann Deshi Foundation and Bank work together to develop women entrepreneurs in rural India by equipping them with knowledge, courage, and capital. Mann Deshi Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life of women and their families living in the rural areas of Maharashtra and Karnataka with the primary objective to empower rural women and fight injustices based on gender, caste, and class. Mann Deshi Foundation empowers female entrepreneurs, from management to accessing markets.

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