Crowdfunding: Make a Direct Impact
Georgia State has long given supporters the opportunity to direct their gifts to specific schools, departments, and even individual scholarships and professorships. But a new web-based tool is now able to connect donors to worthy causes on a more personal level.
Impact Georgia State is a crowdfunding site, similar to Kickstarter and GoFundMe, devoted entirely to projects at Georgia State. Students, faculty and staff can use the Impact site to make appeals on behalf of individual, time-specific efforts, and Georgia State supporters can make direct, targeted contributions to those causes.
The site is already living up to its name. One of the first Impact projects was Fuel the GSU Band, an effort to help the Georgia State marching band cover the cost of traveling to New York for its appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. In just three weeks, the crowdfunding effort was halfway to its $10,000 goal; two weeks later the goal was met, and the band set a push-goal of $15,000, with the additional money providing meals for band members on the day of the parade. By the time band members boarded buses for the Big Apple, Fuel the Band had raised $13,073 from 92 donors.
Other crowdfunding initiatives on tap for the spring include:
- Road to Mt. Baker with President Becker — Alongside higher education, mountain climbing is one of Georgia State President Mark Becker’s biggest passions, and he’s invited 10 students to join him on a summit climb of Mt. Baker in Washington state this May. Including travel, equipment, training and food, the cost will be about $2,000 per student. The goal of this project is for all 10 students to be able to participate for free.
- GSU Turkey 2015 Study Abroad Think Tank — Turkey is a global crossroads for culture and commerce, and the departments of political science and religious studies are partnering to organize a Maymester study-abroad trip for 15 undergraduate and graduate students. With your support, the religious studies department hopes to offset each student’s cost by $500.
- Panther Breakaway Costa Rica — Panther Breakaway has been organizing alternative spring break service-learning trips since 2002, but this year it’s mounting its first international adventure. The Office of Civic Engagement is currently working on creating an endowed fund through the Georgia State University Foundation, and they’d like to debut that fund by helping 10-15 students offset the cost of the Costa Rica trip.
With each Impact project, organizers can set participation levels that show donors what gifts of different sizes can accomplish. If they like, those organizers can also offer specific rewards for various levels of participation.
Visit impact.gsu.edu today to find a project that matches one of your passions or interests. It’s a great way to watch your gift — large or small — make a direct impact right before your eyes.