November 2020 Newsletter


  • Capital Internships with UCDC - Apply by Nov 13
  • UC Big Ideas Social Innovation Competition - Pre-proposals due Nov 20
  • Small Change, Better World grants - Apply by Nov 25


  • Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week - Nov 15 to Nov 22
  • The Surprising Power of Seeking a Daily Dose of Awe 

Get funded for your social project!

Now is your chance to change the world, one step at a time! Small Change, Better World provides seed grants for one-time, limited scope projects that address a specific need. Funded projects must require less than $3,000 and be achievable within a short period of time, such as a quarter or semester.

All kinds of social impact projects are welcome, although we are especially encouraging those addressing needs associated with COVID-19 and/or support communities of color.

Questions? Email us at
Apply by Nov 25th
"Thanks to SCBW, minority youth in Long Beach, California received free gardening education and cooking lessons from the nonprofit, Adventures to Dreams Enrichment (AtDE). SCBW funding provided youth with gardening supplies, cooking ingredients and equipment, and transportation, making it possible for AtDE to host their first summer culinary program."

-Vivianna Goh, Recipient (Spring 2019)
"The Small Change and Better World grant provided the Pittsburgh community resources that allowed for a multi-sector collaboration between UCI Ph.D. students, nonprofits, and local residents that aimed to raise awareness on the social impact [of freeway expansion]. The program resulted in a platform where people could establish meaningful relationships while also creating opportunities for a critical examination of the social implications of public governmental activities."

-Zayda Sorrell-Medina, Recipient (Fall 2018)
UCDC Capital Internship Program
Apply by November 13
UCDC participants earn UCI credit, maintain their financial aid eligibility, and gain valuable work experience while interning in Washington, D.C. Students of all majors from all UC campuses live together, which provides an intellectual and social community throughout the quarter.
Apply Here
UC Big Ideas- Applications Open
Apply by November 20
Believe in your big idea! Win up to $20K along with skill development resources, networks, and recognition by participating in Big Ideas with your social innovation! Schedule a 1-on-1 advising session and fill out the interest form for updates and resources that can help you with your application.
Learn More
Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week
November 15-22
This week-long series of events aims to raise consciousness of the ways in which the UCI community can get involved in addressing hunger and homelessness. The Blum Center is partnering with the FRESH Hub to offer resources and highlight campus efforts.
Get Involved

The Surprising Power of Seeking a
Daily Dose of Awe

What are the effects of awe on prosocial behavior and one's individual self?
Dr. Paul Piff from UC Irvine and Dr. Dacher Keltner from UC Berkeley conducted 5 studies with 2000+ participants focusing on how something "bigger than oneself" promotes awe and positive emotions.

"In the great balancing act of our social lives, between the gratification of self-interest and a concern for others, fleeting experiences of awe redefine the self in terms of the collective, and orient our actions toward the needs of those around us."
Read the Article
Additional News & Events:
  • Our SedRISE team helped identify the barriers to reusing sediment for coastal resilience and are pursuing solutions to mitigate them. Read the research report HERE.
  • UCI Student Social Survey through December 18 - Students who complete the MORE survey have the chance to win a gift card. Read the study details & participate HERE.
  • Want to help the community? Browse organizations in need of virtual volunteers HERE.
  • Interested in social enterprise? Find more resources to build your ideas HERE.
  • Join the Civic and Community Engagement Minor with the Poverty Track. More info HERE.

About the Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation

The UCI Blum Center’s mission is to promote social change and inspire the next generation of leaders to action with research on poverty alleviation. The Center’s innovative education programs, basic and applied research, and work in community development and policy-making engage future leaders to reduce the risks of poverty for vulnerable populations and improve humanity and its institutions.
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