Andrea Wilkinson// Nevada Sagebrush
Geese looking at Manzanita Lake as of Monday, March 25. Swan Island is a project currently looking for funds using CrowdFund Nevada program

The University of Nevada, Reno’s new crowdfunding website, Crowdfund Nevada, will allow students and organizations to fundraise online and gain funds from other students, alumni, parents and others.

“We knew student organizations were in need of fundraising tools,” Associate Director of Development and Annual Giving Torrey Hood said. “Traditional fundraising mechanisms through the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation aren’t always a viable option, especially when the need is immediate or under $5,000. Crowdfund Nevada provides the giving platform, while still operating within the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation.”

Swan Island is a current project on CrowdFund Nevada. The university is looking to allocate funds in order to update Swan Island on Manzanita Lake. The funds would be used to remove the concrete tubes bordering the island, create better paths for the swans and update vegetation on and around the island. The university financial goal is $15,000. Since March 24, 127 donors have donated $9,900.

“We’re really excited about the Swan Island project, which is raising money for Facilities Services to renovate Swan Island,” Hood said. “The renovation will ensure the swans have a safe and permanent habitat for nesting and their future offspring.”

Hood discussed up other Crowdfund projects currently looking for funding.

The Mechanical Engineering is raising money for student seminars and programs like the Graduate Seminar Series, Leadership in Mechanical Engineering and the Student Professionalism Series. Hood believes these programs have a direct impact on students by preparing them for professional work.

The Women’s Basketball Team used the program to fund a trip to Spain and successfully raised its goal of $20,000.

Pack Provisions is also currently on CrowdFund Nevada to raise funds in order to obtain more food and basic necessities for all students on campus.

Crowdfund Nevada is open to all university students, faculty and staff wanting to allocate funds for projects and initiatives on campus. It’s now among the other crowdfunding websites like GoFundMe, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, but CrowdFund Nevada is unique to the university community members.

“Crowdfund Nevada is relatively new, and we are still working to build awareness that this type of platform is available to University affiliated organizations,” Hood said. “The CrowdFund Nevada platform combines the University’s tradition of excellence with an easy to use, interactive, online fundraising platform. Crowdfund Nevada highlights a variety of campus projects and initiatives, allowing donors to support areas on campus that means the most to them. Every gift to Nevada, no matter the size, makes a difference and through Crowdfund Nevada, the difference and impact is immediate.”

After a fundraiser’s application is accepted by CrowdFund Nevada, the potential fundraiser will be required to have a budget breakdown, project description and a project ambassador along with a project team. A project team requires at least three to five ambassadors.

Campaigns must have specific goals, whether monetary or participation based, and be convincing to potential donors. Fundraisers may not be redirected towards charity, non-profits or other third-party organization.

It is required for a project team to market their fundraisers themselves through social media and email. Crowdfund Nevada allows space for fundraisers to include pictures, videos, descriptions and updates. Fundraisers will remain live for approximately four to six weeks.

After the campaign is closed, all the funds the fundraiser gained will go to the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation. The organization will have access to their funds after they meet with the Foundation staff. There will be a three percent processing fee for all credit card transactions and will reduce an organization’s total funds for their fundraiser. All donors are qualified to receive tax deductibles for investing in an organization’s campaign on Crowdfund Nevada.

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