Through the Do Good Challenge Booster Fund you can apply for up to $500 to jump-start your “do good” ideas! But what exactly can you do with $100-$500? Here are five ways teams used the booster fund last year.
1) Promote Your Project or Venture
Cause: Establish a network to reward individuals who do-good in their community.
Team: Glow for the Girls
Cause: promote awareness about Human Trafficking.
“Because of the booster fund, we were able to immediately make purchases that improved advertising and outreach on campus. We purchased over $100 of glowsticks and materials for the Social Enterprise Symposium, where we won ‘best presentation’ and fast-track to the Do Good Challenge semi-finals. “
2) Pilot your idea
Team: Terps Against Hunger
Cause: Provide healthy, nutritious meals to families experiencing hunger in the D.C. Metro area.
Cause: increase the recycling rate at the University of Maryland.
“We were able to purchase our first six bins, art supplies for decorating the bins, and gas for a few trips to and from the recycling center. This money allowed us to begin to collect aluminum from five fraternities, recycling around fifty pounds.”
3) Cover Your Startup Costs
Team: Building Tomorrow
Cause: Raise money to build schools in impoverished areas of Uganda
“We used our funding to book the mall and pay for the facilities employees to move the bikes. We also used it to get our tank tops…The tank tops we had were a huge selling point, as many people stopped just for a cool shirt.”
Team: Community Pipeline
Cause: Connect after school programs with college student volunteers.
4) Host an Event
Team: Start Up Shell
Cause: Increase women involvement in tech.
“We used the grant funds on t-shirts, business cards, and pizza for Female Founders events. These items enabled us to market professionally to students as well as attract students to our events.”
Team: Grow Your Impact
Cause: raise awareness about the benefit of living a sustainable lifestyle.
5) Expand your impact
Cause: Building a social network for people going through the coming out process.
Team: Terps for Happiness
Cause: Break the social norm of drinking and driving.
The Do Good Challenge Booster Fund can dramatically increase your impact during the Do Good Challenge. Of the six Do Good Challenge finalists last year, four were Booster Fund recipients. The best way to get funding for your idea is to be clear about what you’re going to use it for and how that will help you prepare for the Do Good Challenge in the Spring. Use last year’s recipients as inspiration and get to work on the Booster Fund application!