This article appeared in a March 2016 issue of the student newsletter.
From Kickstarter to GoFundMe, today's crowdfunding sites are a popular choice for fundraising. They allow people to raise monies — whether for a neighborhood park or a honeymoon vacation — through online collaboration.
Joining the national trend, DCCCD students and employees now have a crowdfunding platform to raise money for college clubs, groups or programs. It is called USEED.
In a partnership with the DCCCD Foundation, USEED is one of the top crowdfunding platforms for higher education. Unlike other crowdfunding sites, USEED allows fundraisers to keep all of their funds raised (even if the project doesn't meet its final goal). Also, USEED trains users on how to be an effective fundraiser.
"Statistically 90 percent of fundraising projects fail because groups don't do the legwork first," explains Suzanne Bristol, director of development for the DCCCD Foundation. "USEED trains fundraising teams so they have a strong launch. They go over what's needed to get their fundraising web page live and running, including web copy, a project video, etc."
Do you need to raise money for a college club, group or program?
USEED@DCCCD can help.
The fundraising platform has email templates, social media sharing capabilities, easy online payment options and team trainings. It also has a great success rate.
USEED@DCCCD project was 21-percent funded by 38 supporters in the first three days alone," says Bristol. "And it will continue for 30 days. It is a community-led project for a new garden at Brookhaven College, submitted by Sustainable Brookhaven"
Ready to fundraise? Visit DCCCDcrowdfunding.org to learn more and get started.
The entire process is broken down so you know what to expect: