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2019 Alliance Management Institute Ideas Forum

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Share your Ideas at the 2019 AMI Ideas Forum!

The 2019 Ideas Forum at the Alliance Management Institute (AMI) allows students to showcase what they are learning on campus with students and faculty from around the country.  You are invited to share your research, your Alliance student association or nonprofit sector best practices, and your BIG IDEAS to impact our world. This forum takes the previous Poster Presentation sessions and “What’s the Big Idea?” competition to the next level.  

Recognition will be awarded at AMI in five categories:

  1. What’s the Big Idea? Competition
  2. Undergraduate Student Research
  3. Graduate Student Research
  4. Best Practices in the Nonprofit Sector
  5. Best Practices in a Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association

Learn more about each of the five categories and their requirements by clicking the button below.


What to know about the “What’s the Big Idea?” Competition

Individuals and teams will have 7 minutes and up to 6 PowerPoint slides to present their ideas. Presentations will be followed by 5 minutes of questions from judges. Recognition for the 3 WTBI  finalist’s ideas is the opportunity to present ideas in front of the entire conference audience, with the intent of inspiring attendees to get involved and support their success. The WTBI finalist presentations will be at the keynote ceremony on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019. Conference attendees will be invited to vote via mobile app for the 2019 “What’s the Big Idea” “People’s Choice” award that will be announced at the award dinner on Friday, January 4th, 2019.

All “Big Ideas” are valued. The end goal of the competition is to provide a platform for students to voice their ideas in front of their fellow student peers, campus directors, and Alliance nonprofit workforce partners.  

Students who submit a “Big Idea” can also submit a research or best practices poster — but not on the same topic. Ideas (including content and presentations) should reflect student work.

Having trouble coming up with your “Big Idea” for the 2019 AMI “What’s the Big Idea?” competition?

Take a look at our recent webinar featuring Ann Mei Chang, Executive Director of Lean Impact.  

Ann Mei is a leading advocate for social innovation and describes the process of innovating for radically greater social good. This webinar a great starting point for groups who’re in the brainstorming stages of their “Big Idea” and who’re looking to take their idea to the next level!  

How to take action now

Applicants for any of the 5 categories must complete the Ideas Forum Intent Application for review. The application requests the Idea Category, Primary Contact Name, Names of Additional Idea Presenter(s), Campus, Working Title of Idea, Primary Contact Email, Primary Contact Phone Number, and abstract (500-word maximum) summarizing the idea. Please cut and paste text from a word document to track word count and spell check.

Intent applications for all ideas are due on Friday, October 19, 2018.


Questions? Contact Student Services Coordinator Alondra Ayala.


Important Dates

  • October 19Ideas Forum Intent Application due
  • October 26 – Application review completed and proposers notified
  • December 14 – PowerPoint slides submitted to Alondra Ayala
  • January 2, 2:00 – 5:00 PM – Ideas Forum Presentations
  • January 2, Midnight: WTBI Competition Finalists notified by email
  • January 4, 9:00 AM – WTBI Competition Finalist Presentations (Plenary Session)
  • January 4, 6:00 PM – Ideas Forum Awards