Launched this past spring, Catalyzer, Northwestern’s official crowdfunding platform, has helped student organizations successfully reach their fundraising goals for projects ranging from support for the arts to global disaster relief. This fall, seven more student organizations bring their causes to the online platform.
Here’s a peek at Catalyzer’s diverse fall projects, which must reach their funding goals by November 6, 2015:
- Engineers Without Borders, a national nonprofit that pairs groups of engineering students with communities around the world, needs $6,000 to send members of Northwestern’s chapter to Kimuka, Kenya. During a trip over winter break, the students plan to assess ways to mitigate the community’s limited access to clean water.
- Northwestern Triathlon Club hopes to raise $10,000 to help defray training costs—including race fees, travel costs, equipment, and gear—for students who can’t otherwise afford to participate. These competition scholarships will help the team train for the national collegiate championships in April 2016.
- EPIC Labs believes in fostering innovation and entrepreneurship across Northwestern’s many schools and academic disciplines. The team of students would like $3,500 to build a library of essential books and other tools to train the next generation of entrepreneurs.
- Camp Kesem is a free, two-week summer camp program for Chicago-area children affected by a parent’s cancer illness. Undergraduate students work year-round to raise funds, train counselors, and create engaging programming for the participants. Camp Kesem aims to raise $5,000 to offset training and recruitment costs.
- Treblemakers is an award-winning a cappella group that blends the sounds of East Asia in multiple languages, such as Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, Korean, and English. This a cappella group, one of a kind at Northwestern, has launched a campaign for $8,000 to subsidize its first international tour. The group plans to visit South Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, among other counties, to share music while connecting with Northwestern alumni and prospective students.
- Northwestern University Dance Marathon is one of the largest student-run philanthropies in the U.S. with more than 1,000 committee members and participant dancers. Every year, NUDM chooses a new charity as its primary beneficiary, in addition to its annual support for the Evanston Community Foundation. NUDM would like $7,000 to upgrade its media production equipment. The new HD cameras, computer, and editing software will be used to produce the organization’s live webcast, watched by tens of thousands of donors around the world.
- The Dolphin Show, the largest student-produced musical in the U.S., annually produces a full-scale musical that attracts talent from across Northwestern’s diverse undergraduate schools. The $9,000 fundraising initiative will allow the organization to implement a sustainability plan for its set pieces and buy needed equipment, such as tablets and microphones.
All gifts made through Catalyzer are tax deductible and 100 percent of contributions directly benefit the student projects, regardless of whether they meet their fundraising goals. Gifts also count toward We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern.
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