We're a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to making student ideas realities.
Just like the projects we work with, Sponsr.Us is a team of only high school and college students. We're students transforming how students across the nation make a difference within their communities.
Unlike other social fundraising platforms, our organization doesn't make a profit from our projects. We even cover transaction fees so that 100% of your donation goes to successfully funded student initiatives.
By connecting our students with volunteer adult and student mentors, we take the extra step in helping make our projects realities and go far beyond satisfying just financial needs.
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Students have unparalleled creativity and energy to start something new. Sponsr.Us enables students to tap into their own energy and leverage it to make a difference within their communities. Whether starting a school club, a community service project, or some other non-profit organization, we fill the gap to make it easier for student-run initiatives to get off the ground.
It's about the journey. It's challenging to make something from nothing. Sponsr.Us helps students learn valuable skills through the stages of planning, fundraising, launching, reiterating, and sustaining their projects. Every step taken teaches lessons that can't be learned from a textbook.
Our fundraising platform is the 21st century bake sale. Our student-first crowdfunding platform enables students to gather support for their projects by sharing their story and vision with the world. We think the social fundraising model is the most effective way for projects to get the financial support they need to make them realities.
We make each dollar count. Sponsr.Us works directly with our student projects to figure out their unique needs to make them realities. Those needs are listed on project profiles so donors know exactly what they are supporting. In addition, unlike most fundraising platforms, Sponsr.Us doesn't take a cut off of any donations to projects. In fact, we even cover transaction costs so that every penny of each donation goes to projects.
Students work closely with Sponsr.Us to craft a project profile, film a promotional video, determine fundraising needs, develop relationships with mentors, and set a target goal date.
After posting the project online, Sponsr.Us works side-by-side with students to gather pledges and meet the goal amount by the goal date. No funds are transferred during this period.
If the project has met the fundraising goal by the predetermined date, the pledges are automatically processed by our secure fundraising platform using a secure third-party payment processor.
Students launch project with the raised funds and work closely with the Sponsr.Us team and our mentors to take the next steps in making their project a reality. If desired, supporters can receive periodic updates from project members.
Money isn't everything. For student projects to succeed, they need to be supported holistically — financially and personally. Our formula for success combines these two so that Sponsr.Us Projects are best positioned for success. The Sponsr.Us Mentor Network is an extensive network of other students, teachers, and professionals that volunteer their time for Sponsr.Us projects.
We create clear channels for dialogue. We start by providing supporters with a detailed breakdown of each project's specific needs — what the students need to fundraise for in order to make their initiative happen. In addition, when making a pledge, donors have the option of providing encouragement and/or feedback to the students they're supporting. Donors who want to be in the loop will receive periodic updates directly from students about the progress they've made.
We're a fast growing organization looking for other passionate high school and college students to join our team. No technical or specific experience required — just time, spirit, and energy to make a difference in the world.
Interested? Send an email to join [at] sponsr.us