Our Organization

The Spartan Global Development Fund was founded in 2009 by Michigan State University undergraduate, Michael Thelen, with the help of Paulette L. Stenzel - Professor of International Business Law and Sustainability. Soon thereafter, Spartan Global became a Registered Student Organization at Michigan State run entirely by students. Our first loans were made through Kiva on July 4, 2009.

In 2011, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization was established through the State of Michigan and the Internal Revenue Service under the same name, Spartan Global Development Fund. A Board of Directors was subsequently put together to oversee business transactions of the newly formed nonprofit. Today, the two companion branches of the Spartan Global Development Fund, the Registered Student Organization and 501(c)(3) nonprofit, operate hand-in-hand to effectively facilitate microloans to entrepreneurs around the globe. Click here to view our 2017-2018 Academic Year Overview to learn more. 


Spartan Global - the 501(c)(3) Nonprofit

2019 Board of Directors:

Nikolai Wasielewski

Paulette L. Stenzel

Scott Lyman

Kathryn Smith

Morgan Burns

To learn more about the Board of Directors, click here.

Spartan Global - the Michigan State Registered Student Organization

To see the current members of the Student Organization, please click here. 

Interested in becoming a general member of the Spartan Global Student Organization? Please click below.


Our Awards

  • 2017 Lewis Quality of Excellence Award | Eli Broad College of Business

  • 2013 Outstanding Service Organization | Michigan State University

  • 2012 Emerging Student Organization | Michigan State University

  • 2010 Lewis Quality of Excellence Award | Eli Broad College of Business