Mercyhurst University recently launched a university crowdfunding platform, and the results of the initial fundraising drives show that the school’s supporters have been enthusiastic in their support of four projects to improve the school.
“Our office saw this as a way we could help
our faculty, staff and students bring important projects to fruition,” External Affairs and Advancement Vice President Caleb Pifer said. "Research
has shown us that millennials are more likely to support specific causes and
projects than they are to support a general, nonspecific donation."
Projects funded through the first round of
fundraising on the platform, seize.mercyhurst.edu, include a wakeless coaches
boat for the rowing team, an exhibit at the ExpeERIEnce Children’s Museum
developed by the archaeology and geology departments, and a service immersion
experience for students.
The platform was also able to raise $4,500 for a
MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer that will give graphic design students a
"Many of the donors responded with how
jealous they are that the students are going to be exposed to the technology
and have the opportunity to work with the Makerbot 3-D printer,” Art
Department Chair Jodi Hopper said. “Ultimately, the hours of emails and
phone calls paid off, and we will now be equipped to integrate the technology
into our foundation year 3-D course, computer illustration techniques and next
year in a special topics class. This was a major step in keeping up with the
technological advances happening in the K-12 grades -- and I can't thank our
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