The MAP Fellowship 2020 Cohort Case Studies

At the end of the six-month fellowship, the 2020 MAP Fellows crafted case studies to outline the challenge they set out to solve, their unique approach, any setbacks they faced, and the results of their work. Each case study offers an insightful look into solving organizational challenges during an unprecedented year. Find them at the links below.

Creating F(r)iction in the Classroom

by MAP Fellow Jessi Parra


The goal of F(r)iction, Brink Literacy’s literary anthology, is to raise unique voices, broaden readers’ understanding of topics, and to challenge the audience to think critically about what they read and the world around them; the goal of the new, accompanying curriculum, F(r)iction in the Classroom, is the same. The MAP Challenge was to create and write F(r)iction in the Classroom using the literary anthology as a close reading text for comprehension and critical thinking, a mentor text for writing skills and styles, as an exercise in editorial perspectives, and as inspiration for students’ own writing.

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Co-Creating With Your Community

by MAP Fellow Ash Gallegos


Imagine a world where everyone can connect with science and nature in ways that are meaningful to them. A world where human imagination and the enduring spirit of curiosity drives innovative solutions to our most complex problems. The Denver Museum of Nature & Science partners with people as they make sense of the world around them by co-creating experiences that ignite curiosity. As such, their Everyone, Everywhere strategic plan places significant emphasis on ensuring the community’s voice is the center of its initiatives. Our MAP challenge was designed to develop a process that would include the community in a rebrand refresh, should the Museum choose to rebrand.

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Building a Theory of Change and Strategic Plan to Propel the Global Conservation Corps into the Future

by MAP Fellow Ellie Milano


The impact of COVID on community-based outreach and education organizations has been vast, and in many cases, we’re only just beginning to understand the implications. As the Global Conservation Corps (GCC) looks to their future and long-term strategies to save critical wildlife species, they need to build a robust program that fosters resilience and sustainability in the communities with whom they partner to save critical wildlife species. Together, the MAP Fellowship team worked to build a programmatic theory of change and map a strategic plan for achieving the organization’s mission.

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Building Brand Awareness and Mobilizing the Impact100 Global Movement

by MAP Fellow Maggie Jackson


Impact100 is a global network of women empowered by collaborative philanthropy to identify and invest in solutions to their communities’ most pressing challenges. The Impact 100 model is simple.100 women give $1,000 each and invest it back in their community through a transformational grant of $100,000 to a local organization. 100% of donations go directly to the community. To date, 15,000 women through 60 global chapters have invested over $80 million. 

The Impact100 Global Council provides leadership, guidance, and support to each Impact100 chapter. The tools, resources and education provided enables more women to connect to an Impact100 chapter and experience the power of transformational philanthropy. 

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Developing a Strategic Plan for Global Professional Development for Educators

by MAP Fellow Samantha Case


I helped to reframe and outline the key areas in need of development for the Global Institute, a center of excellence that will broaden the TGR Foundation’s reach after 25 years of STEM education programming. The Global Institute will be a force for change in the international education space that includes a network of TGR Foundation staff, teachers, and educators working to implement interdisciplinary inquiry- and project-based learning. As a MAP Fellow, I contributed high-level analysis of the many programs offered by the TGR Foundation to guide the strategic planning process for the Global Institute.

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