From the Nominator
As an urban research university serving the most diverse student population in the state, Portland State University and its student body have been deeply impacted by COVID-19. Requests for student emergency funding to help students meet their basic needs skyrocketed across campus this year. As we headed into winter 2020—arguably the darkest period of the pandemic—we knew we needed to replenish these critical funds, especially for those students who were not eligible for assistance under the CARES Act.
The 24-hour “Fill the Funds” crowdfunding campaign was our solution. In this campaign, we blew past our original goals, and successfully raised nearly $300,000 in a single day, more than doubling previous efforts. By the end of it, 100% of our 20+ campus emergency and hardship funds met or exceeded their individual goals, thanks to intentional outreach to our campus communities, and the generous support of donors.
From the Judges
Wow, what an incredible campaign, with almost NO money spent! We loved the breadth of opportunities provided to potential donors. A lot of work went into this campaign. Very well done!