The NUsolar team


Catalyzer, Northwestern’s official crowdfunding platform, has helped student organizations successfully reach their fundraising goals for projects ranging from building an off-road car to improving access to drinking water in Kenya. This fall, eight student organizations bring their causes to Catalyzer and need your support.


Here’s a peek at the latest Catalyzer projects, which aim to meet their funding goals by November 1, 2016:


  • Applause for a Cause is a student-run philanthropic production organization that writes, produces, directs, edits, and premieres a feature-length film each year, and then donates the proceeds from the film’s screenings to a Chicago-based charity. Applause for a Cause needs to raise $4,000 to produce The Helsings, a film written by Northwestern student Taylor Beck.


  • Northwestern Mock Trial, an elite mock trial program, is seeking $5,000 to create a series of LSAT workshops for Northwestern students. The workshops, which will provide knowledgeable instructors, test prep materials, and study space, are aimed at making LSAT preparation accessible to students who otherwise could not afford it.


  • The Global Engagement Summit is a student-run social innovation conference that brings together young changemakers to develop and implement effective social ventures. The group is seeking $5,000 to secure an inspiring social change leader to speak at the upcoming Summit, which will be hosted at Northwestern in April 2016.


  • Northwestern Anubhav, Northwestern’s premier competitive Hindi film and fusion dance team, aims to raise $5,000 to choreograph and execute a new production showcasing South Asian American history, identity, and culture. Funds raised will cover costumes, makeup, a professional soundtrack, props, and other production costs.


  • The National Society of Black Engineers plans to host a speaker series in winter 2017. The series, free to Northwestern students, will address diversity in the workplace and also provide students with valuable professional development opportunities. The $2,500 in requested funds will cover transportation and accommodations for speakers as well as equipment and materials for each event.


  • The Northwestern University Solar Car Team, launched in 1997, is an undergraduate student organization that designs, builds, and races solar-powered vehicles. NUsolar has built six cars and competed in more than 10 races, and hopes to raise $12,000 to build and race its seventh solar-powered vehicle. NUsolar provides hands-on project management, design, and manufacturing experience to Northwestern students while promoting sustainability and raising awareness of alternative energy sources.


  • Northwestern Panhellenic Association, which oversees Northwestern’s sororities and is also the largest women’s organization on campus, aims to raise $5,000 to facilitate a series of wellness workshops on campus. These workshops will cover a number of health-related topics including eating disorders, sexual assault, and stress management.


  • Northwestern University Sailing Team The team has launched a campaign for $15,000 to expand its fleet with four to six new or lightly used sail boats, with the goal of staying competitive in its conference.


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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