Here’s some news that Kristen sent my way last week.  I’ll let Jane Church, a Fletcher MALD student, explain:

Net ImpactWe recently found out that Fletcher’s Net Impact chapter earned Gold status this year (up from Silver status), which is a sign of Fletcher’s commitment to Net Impact and also that the issues we talk about are important to students.  A chapter’s standing is based on the level of engagement with students, the number and type of events held, and the engagement of the chapter’s leaders with the wider Net Impact organization.  As Fletcher Net Impact has grown in size and scope, we have become more embedded within the Fletcher community and  our achievement of Gold Status reflects that higher level of engagement with students.

And here are the complete details, in a media release from Net Impact.

Fletcher Net Impact Receives Gold Chapter Standing

(San Francisco, CA) – Net Impact has announced the 2012-2013 Gold and Silver standings for Net Impact chapters, awarding Fletcher the prestigious Gold standing. These standings, based on the chapter’s performance this past academic year, represent the most outstanding chapters in the Net Impact network.  This year, just 24% of over 300 Net Impact chapters worldwide achieved Gold standing.

“Through collaboration, dedication, and a willingness to push boundaries and explore new ideas, this year’s Gold and Silver chapters are leading the way for our global network of impact-makers,” says Net Impact CEO Liz Maw. “These chapters demonstrate just how much can be accomplished when committed individuals decide to make an impact through the work they do.”

Chapters achieve Gold or Silver standing by meeting a rigorous set of requirements based on their activities, programming, and membership reach. This year’s Gold and Silver chapters helped the Net Impact network provide over 2,566 local events worldwide and over 132 programs that allow members to positively impact their community. Gold and Silver chapters also strengthened the overall network by regional collaboration, mentoring other chapters, and sharing successful ideas with their peers. Fletcher Net Impact’s activities this year were led by Presidents Michael Reading and Sarah Ryan, and included the annual Impact Mixer with local Boston professionals and alumni and Mafia Madness, the first ever internal student impact networking event at Fletcher.

We were thrilled to learn of the achievement of Gold Chapter status. This is a great affirmation of highly engaged members, dedicated student Executive Board, and supportive faculty and staff. Fletcher Net Impact believes in using the power of business to make a more socially and environmentally sustainable world and this distinction as a Gold Chapter definitely confirms that commitment.

– Michael Reading, 2012-2013 Fletcher Net Impact Co-President

Gold and Silver chapters are recognized publicly within the Net Impact network through the Net Impact blog, at the Net Impact conference, and in the annual Business as UNusual guide, as well as receiving recognition in their local communities.

The Fletcher Net Impact chapter is already continuing its momentum for the coming year with a fall kick-off mixer planned for September 2013.

About Net Impact

Net Impact is a global community of over 40,000 student and professional leaders creating positive social and environmental change in the workplace and the world. Net Impact is San Francisco-based nonprofit with over 300 chapters worldwide that focuses on providing support, connections, and practical advice to help people in all sectors and job functions create a more just and sustainable future.


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