Share the Love on Valentine’s Day with Campus Causes

Valentine’s Day 2018 has arrived and love is in the air. Whether you’re checking the clock every fifteen minutes in anticipation of a romantic dinner for two, or gearing up for a Galentine’s Day binge-watching session with Leslie Knope, we have great news. The perfect Valentine’s Day gift has never been easier to find—or more meaningful to purchase—thanks to Campus Causes, our college fundraising platform (even for our procrastinators out there: hint *eGift cards* hint).Read More »

And The Winner Is…

From November 1st through January 8th, Campus Causes invited college dance marathon participants from across the U.S. to submit short videos explaining why they’re passionate about raising awareness and funds “For The Kids”. With $10,000 in donations up for grabs, 28 groups heeded the call and entered The Campus Causes “Why I Dance” contest. After more than 30,000 votes were cast, 6 finalists rose to the top, hoping to clench the $5,000 Grand Prize donation, while five runner-ups would receive a $1,000 donation — all for their children’s hospital beneficiaries.

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$10,000 in donations up for grabs to college dance marathons in Campus Causes’ Why I Dance contest

Students to submit videos on why they dance ‘For The Kids’

November 1, 2017 – Dance marathons have become an exciting and meaningful tradition for students at hundreds of colleges and universities — and an invaluable fundraiser for deserving nonprofits. Over the past four decades, dance marathons have raised more than $350 million for organizations dedicated to fighting and preventing childhood diseases.

Now, Campus Causes, the platform that enables students to raise money for their causes by shopping with popular brands online, is giving dance marathon organizations across the country a chance to win up to $5,000 in donations for the nonprofits they support.Read More »

THON + Campus Causes Changing the way student groups raise funds For The Kids

THON at Penn State, the world’s largest student-run philanthropy, is expanding its relationship with Campus Causes for THON 2018 after a successful pilot program in 2017.  THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world with over $10,045,478 raised For The Kids in 2017. In their history, THON has raised more than $146 million for Four Diamonds at Penn State Children’s Hospital and their efforts to conquer childhood cancer. To support that effort this year, more than 90 new Campus Causes THON campaigns have already been created by Penn State students. “THON is excited to partner with Campus Causes again this year to continue to empower and provide innovative fundraising opportunities to the 400+ student organizations that fundraise on THON’s behalf,” THON 2018 Executive Director, Andrew Smith said. “Whether you are in State College or across the country, Campus Causes allows everyone to have an impact on the lives of children and families battling childhood cancer.”

After a successful pilot launch, Campus Causes, a division of Newbridge Marketing Group, is broadening its reach to campuses nationwide to help students raise money for their groups, clubs and teams by shopping online. Thanks to recent merchant signings, there are now more than 200 popular brands, including Nike, Apple, Target, Forever 21 and Buffalo Wild Wings, which give a percentage of every purchase made via a Campus Causes campaign to students’ designated causes.  New campaigns were started at more than 70 universities this summer with new launches accelerating during the back-to-school season.

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THON’s Crowning Achievement

From Brian Stickler’s perspective, the crowd was enormous. “Nerve-wracking,” as he put it.

In truth, most of Eisenhower Auditorium’s 2,500 seats were empty. Still, a crowd of several hundred cheering college students surely would be unnerving to a junior Marketing major unaccustomed to performing before an audience of any size.

Brian’s partner, however, was unfazed.

Najah Brown is a Lionette. Penn State’s dance team. They perform at sporting events of all sizes, from volleyball and wrestling to men’s and women’s basketball. And, of course, at Penn State football games.

“Performing at Beaver Stadium in front of 107,000 people helped me prepare for this,” said Brown, a junior Broadcast Journalism major.

This, in this case, was the Penn State Interfraternity Council/Panhellic Dance Marathon Pageant – a long name for an event with a single simple purpose: to crown Mr. and Mrs. THON 2017. Pairs of representatives from the 16 committees that plan, prepare and put on THON – Penn State’s annual fundraising dance marathon weekend to benefit Four Diamonds, which provides support for children battling pediatric cancer and their families – compete in front of judges, and a not insignificant crowd, for the honor of being named Mr. and Mrs. THON. It’s like being named Homecoming King and Queen, if that distinction were tied to an event that has raised more than $136 million since its inception in 1973.Read More »

All in a Day’s Work for THON

For many of the volunteers, working for THON is a year-round commitment. Holly Maitland-McKenna (pictured above) gave Penn State’s annual dance marathon fundraiser one day.

It was a full day. Twenty-four hours worth, from 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26th straight through to 8 p.m. on Friday the 27th. Virtually every second of it spent in the six-lane pool in the Aquatic Center on Penn State’s Harrisburg campus, swimming to raise money for THON 2017.Read More »