Welcome to the preliminary launch of SCHOLARgifts, an exciting new crowdfunding platform specifically designed to help fund diverse educational needs with no registration fee or complicated application process, no essay, and no recommendations. All that is needed is the desire to succeed and the ability to tell a story in a way that will inspire others to donate financial gifts to the Scholar’s campaign.
“Scholar” refers to anyone who has developed a campaign and is seeking financial gifts to fund a learning need. Scholars can include current and future students, from toddlers in pre-school to octogenarians learning to zumba! A “gifter” is an individual or organization who donates money (gifts) to a scholar’s campaign. Gifters can include friends, parents, grandparents and other relatives, teachers, mentors, school administrators, graduates, and anyone who wants to support and encourage people — young, older, or young at heart — to pursue their educational dreams and/or learn new skills and lessons. Scholars show appreciation to their gifters with customized perks, rewards or services, that can range from virtual hugs and kisses or an academic update each semester, to an invitation to a recital or photos from study abroad.
For those unfamiliar with crowdfunding, it is a type of online fundraising where people create leverage by pooling their money to support the efforts of others. Although expressed in a different era, the philosophy was best summed up by Helen Keller, “alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” With SCHOLARgifts, there is a “crowd” of people interested in a Scholar campaign that will invest by gifting donations, in exchange for customized appreciation rewards.
Crowdfunding is increasingly gaining in popularity and its successes mark it as the wave of the future. As financial resources dry up and educational loans become more scarce, SCHOLARgifts can provide the answer to scholastic funding as it is positioned to benefit from the market shift towards collective fundraising in a unique way. SCHOLARgifts is different from many of the other crowdfunding platforms, as it provides a targeted approach specifically dedicated to the funding of educational pursuits for people of all ages. Some fundraising platforms expressly exclude the raising of funds for tuition or scholarships; other platforms are overly broad, minimizing the chances of your campaign receiving attention from your targeted audience.
With SCHOLARgifts, your Scholar Campaign has the opportunity to be highlighted and stand out in the target market of those most interested in investing in life-long educational pursuits. Moreover as a promotional incentive, SCHOLARgifts adds an innovative feature to its platform — a periodic “Pooled Fund” drawing where eligible Scholars who have reached their fundraising goal have the chance to win a Gift Bonus from funds donated to a collective “pot.”
The SCHOLARgifts management team includes visionaries who are lawyers, professors and educators, finance and management professionals, web developers, social media enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, MBAs, musicians and authors, who recognized a pressing societal need and combined their talents and expertise to create a powerful vehicle that allows people to provide monetary gifts to support scholars to pursue their dreams.
Consider contributing to one or more of the Scholar Campaigns that are part of our Preliminary Launch. Consider creating your own campaign or encourage someone you know to do so. Consider contributing to the collective Pooled Fund. Peruse the website, kick the tires, become a gifter and as you do so, keep in mind the old wise saying, “What you give, you get, ten times over!”