Student philanthropy meets public-service
The first ever student-led Give Back Class Challenge will resonate with Tulane University students hungry to make a difference. Through the Give Back Class Challenge, undergraduates can apply to fund their own original or existing public service projects.
Every year, Tulane students create meaningful service projects that support communities in New Orleans and around the world, says Katie Houck, assistant director of outreach and leadership development at the Tulane Center for Public Service
“The Give Back Class Challenge is a great way to support their efforts,” says Houck.
Four student-generated projects will be granted awards ranging from $250 to $2,000, made possible by a gift from two Tulane alumni and parents.
“Funding from USG (Undergraduate Student Government) can be very strict, so the Give Back Class Challenge introduces an alternative way to fund projects that get students to collaborate with the community and learn new skills,” says Samantha Gould, chair of the Community Action Council of Tulane University Students (CACTUS).
Once four projects are selected, the next phase of the Give Back Class Challenge will kick off a student philanthropy campaign.
Undergraduate classes will compete to bring in Tulane Fund
donors via the first major crowd-funding effort ever supported by the university. The class with the highest percentage of student donors will select which service project receives the maximum prize. And before the end of the fall semester, the winning class will enjoy a party thrown in its honor.
“Tulane students love the idea of getting involved,” says Gould. “This is a fun way to get your friends on board and also get behind something you care about.”
For more information and to submit your application, email the Give Back Class Challenge
Erika Herran is a writer in the Office of Development Communications.