In 2016, the St. Cloud State University Foundation launched a crowdfunding platform, designed to make it easier for campus partners to enrich their programs and student opportunities by fundraising for specific, immediate-need projects. The first project was for the Volleyball team, which was badly in need of a renovated locker room.
Coach Chad Braegelmann and the team set an aggressive goal of raising $5,000 in 30 days to fund the project, and through the support of the team, alumni, family members, coaches and other friends of the program they exceeded their initial goal, raising nearly $7,000, and allowing them to go forward with the project immediately. It had been over 25 years since the last updates to the locker room.
The team put together an impressive fundraising page, complete with a video featuring the coach and players talking about the importance of the project and what it could do for the program. Contributions ranged from $10 to $1000.
“The locker room is one of the biggest selling points in recruiting,” said Macy Weller ’17. “I think that’s one of the biggest parts of how a new locker room will help our program.” Congratulations to the Volleyball team in their successful use of the crowdfunding platform!