What is Campus Causes?

Since its initial launch in 2017, Newbridge Marketing Group’s Campus Causes has supported college students across the country by giving them a platform to raise money through donations and shopping. Unique from other popular fundraising platforms, CampusCauses.com, powered by FlipGive, the originator of “shop-to-raise” fundraising, allows supporters to shop brands, retailers, and restaurants online and in-store such as Apple, Nike, Target, Starbucks, Chipotle and hundreds more. Each transaction gives a percentage to a good cause headed by college students across the country.

When the virtual “doors” to Campus Causes first opened in 2017, Steve Schubert had a pretty good idea of how the platform would impact those who used it, especially college students. As the Co-Founder and Partner of Newbridge, Schubert had been working in the collegiate marketing business – helping brands connect with students – for 13 years when Campus Causes launched, so he already knew the target market fairly well. Nonetheless, one of the greatest parts of Campus Causes was the introduction to student organizations that he didn’t know existed. 

“It was great to be inspired by the people we met and the organizations that found us when we launched, whether it be a philanthropic group or a sports team,” Schubert said. “It made me want to go back to college.”

Something that really added to the excitement of launching Campus Causes for Newbridge was the partnership with THON, an organization started by students at Penn State and the largest student-led fundraising group in the world. THON has been using Campus Causes to raise funds since our launch, and other dance marathons and student organizations have followed suit. THON has a special place in the Campus Causes story. We were excited to have been able to do our part to support the organization’s total raise of over $10 million in 2019 and are looking forward to helping them reach their funding goals in 2020.

“Campus Causes has been an incredible partner to THON through student engagement, fundraising, and brand awareness,” said Regina Duesler, the 2019-20 Director of THON. “With hundreds of Penn State students enrolled in Campus Causes over the years, we have given student organizations a platform to shop their favorite brands, while supporting a cause they are passionate about.”

While the core of the platform is to help dance marathons, club sports teams, and other campus organizations raise money, Campus Causes also takes an integral role through social media and blogs that allow students to share their inspiring stories. Through the philosophy of “sharing the good,” we love to shine a spotlight on college students doing something they’re passionate about and helping others in a meaningful way. 

“We’re really tuned into student lifestyles, and we see this as something that not only provides an organic way for students to raise funds, but it also amplifies their voices and their stories,” Schubert said. “The press tends to pick up on a lot of negativity. Negative news sometimes carries the day, so Campus Causes is an opportunity to share the good. We welcome all to follow us on social media and send us some of the cool things your organization is doing.”

Director of Campus Causes Mark Marovich joined the team specifically for this special platform and really wanted to continue spreading the shop-to-raise concept, which he had been passionate about since his days working at FlipGive.

“What sealed the deal was the directive to bring this new type of fundraising to a digitally native generation whose DNA touts giving back and one who holds a collective expectation that brands need to play a part in this bettering of tomorrow,” Marovich said. “The ability to shop with hundreds of brands online and in-store to raise money is our secret sauce. Combining this with easy donations gives us an edge”.

So how does shop-to-raise + donations fundraising work? Student groups create a campaign for their cause and share it with friends, families, alumni, and other members of their campus communities. From there, anyone can shop or donate directly all year long to help college students reach their fundraising goals. 

So whether you’re a student leader looking for a new way to fundraise or collect donations for your cause or are looking for a unique way to support college students doing meaningful things, Campus Causes is the place to be.

You can learn more and start raising by visiting campuscauses.com.

Five acts of kindness to “share the good” at any time

At Campus Causes, we like to always think about “sharing the good” in any way we can. Whether it be a motivational quote, a shout out to some college students doing something amazing in their community, and, most importantly, providing a platform to let anyone help meaningful causes. While we love sharing the good in these ways, we think it’s important for everyone to be sharing the good in their everyday lives. In that spirit, here are five nice, unexpected things you can do for someone at any time.

Pay it forward at your favorite coffee shop

Offer to purchase coffee for the person behind you in line or in the drive thru. This can not only shine a bright spot on someone’s day, but it only costs a few dollars and is completely unexpected.

Put up some positive sticky notes

Write a note of appreciation and stick it on your roommate’s door or put some of your favorite motivational quotes on stickies throughout your office. This is an unexpected way to switch up the day-to-day grind and maybe even make someone smile while you’re at it.

Bake cookies for your roommate or neighbor

Not only are cookies delicious and easy to make, but who doesn’t love a sweet treat to liven up their day? This simple and unexpected act can bring a whole lot of sweetness to someone close to you.

Recognize a coworker for a job well done

Sometimes, we just need a little extra affirmation to let us know we are doing something right in our jobs or day-to-day lives. Taking five minutes to thank a coworker for helping you with a project or rocking a presentation at a business meeting can seriously put a smile on someone’s face and motivate them to keep it up.

Share something cute or funny on your social media

Social media these days is nearly at full capacity with information, photos, and news. Why not unexpectedly change up someone’s feed by sharing a cute video of a dog or some jokes that made you laugh. They will probably thank you for it.

If everyone went out of their way to do one nice thing for someone each day, we think the world would be a much better place.

SHOP. DONATE. DODGE. The NCDA + Campus Causes

October 1, 2018 – To kick off the 2018-2019 season, the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association (NCDA), the official governing body for competitive collegiate dodgeball in the United States, is launching a partnership with Campus Causes to help their 38 active member teams raise more money to assist with their travel, equipment, and gym expenses. Students, coaching staff, friends, family, and alumni can now donate and “shop-to-raise” hundreds of brands with a portion of each purchase going back to their favorite team.

“I am very excited about this partnership with Campus Causes because it takes some of the financial burden off of our members, who are the cliche poor college students. This simple platform which allows teams to take advantage of something they already do, online shopping, is an excellent way to help our members play more dodgeball without the added stress of paying for everything out-of-pocket”, said Felix Perrone, President of the NCDA.

“We are thrilled to provide the NCDA with a platform to enhance their fundraising and make dodgeball more affordable for students nationwide,” said Steve Schubert, partner and co-founder of Newbridge Marketing Group, the owner of Campus Causes. “Campus Causes provides the NCDA with an online donations platform which also helps them organically raise funds all year long via shopping. The stories we’ve heard from Felix and clubs – see our blog with Bowling Green’s Dodgeball Club – about the sport and the diverse athletes that are out to compete and have fun make us happy to help support their mission while also bringing our brand partners valuable new consumers. Furthermore, we’re humbled to be able to assist the NCDA’s efforts to raise awareness and money for their nonprofit partner, Save The Children, through the teams’ funding efforts. It is a true win-win-win-win.”

To support a NCDA team, visit CampusCauses.com/NCDA and donate or shop with Nike, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart, Apple, Buffalo Wild Wings, Starbucks, Levi’s and over 500 more brands, retailers and restaurants.

About National Collegiate Dodgeball Association (NCDA)

The National Collegiate Dodgeball Association, Inc. (NCDA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of dodgeball clubs and student organizations of North American colleges and universities, a governing body for competitive collegiate dodgeball. The NCDA was founded on April 9, 2005, when Nationals was first hosted. The NCDA’s brand of dodgeball is a large scale 12-on-12 fifty-minute contest held on a basketball-sized court, played with ten 8.5” rubber dodgeballs and a competitive ruleset which includes an exciting neutral zone. Slightly underinflated rubber playground balls (while still retaining their ability to bounce) allow the collegiate student-athletes to grip and squeeze the ball, in order to introduce significant spin and speed to the throw. Many teams are proudly coed. The end of the 2018 season proudly boasted a membership of 914 student-athletes from 33 different states, representing 41 different universities coast-to-coast. Joining the NCDA is free and easy, please reach out to us at ncdadodgeball@gmail.com or visit our website to learn more!

About Campus Causes

Campus Causes was founded by Newbridge Marketing Group to present students with a better way to raise more for their causes without the hassle or expense that comes with organizing and running fundraisers. Inspired and driven by those who are making positive impacts on their campus communities, Newbridge Marketing Group is proud to partner with FlipGive, the leader in Shop to Give fundraising, to provide a platform that will increase efficiency and success of campus fundraising across North America. Campus Causes is designed to be the go-to solution for campus groups, teams, clubs and individuals who are making a meaningful difference on their campuses through fundraising efforts and for brands who want to support good causes and give back to college communities.

About FlipGive

Based in Toronto, FlipGive is an online marketplace that connects millions of shoppers and brands through an innovative group fundraising platform. FlipGive’s shop-and-raise marketplace has revolutionized both grassroots fundraising and brand building opportunities by helping groups raise money with everyday shopping while driving sales, loyalty and positive social impact for brands.

 

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