Facing a lofty budget of $30,000 our team is pursuing multiple fundraising opportunities. From working events, to applying for grants, we have done it all in this short, albeit busy year.
We have raised over $700 by putting on our own car washes and working concessions during a basketball game. We made over $800 from our first event of the semester, an all day festival called Kegs for Kids. Lastly, we received a $5,000 grant award from the Engineers Without Borders Fall Grant Cycle sponsored by SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers).
Although $6,500—the approximate total so far—might have been acceptable for an assessment trip, we are only a third of the way top our funding goal for next summer’s implementation.
This year, we are hoping to add corporate sponsorships to the list of fundraising approaches. Corporate sponsorship is a beneficial way to raise funds because of the mutually beneficial relationship we can establish with corporate companies. As a team, we can offer engineering minds (for internships and full time positions) with transformative experiences that come from working on a project of this magnitude; and corporate companies offer the sponsorship award that will make our project successful, and allow us to bring a sustainable source of potable water to the people of Khanalthok, Nepal. In addition, these companies can also advertise with us allowing them to spread the word of their humanitarian efforts. They can have their logo on our Facebook page, and even take out a full page ad in our newsletter that is sent out to hundreds of contacts our team has built since its founding.
With the money raised from corporate sponsorship, we can send additional students to Nepal to receive the hands on technical training that is so hard to come by through other organizations. With sponsorship can also afford to buy the best materials possible to ensure that our designed solution will be implemented correctly, and sustainable for multiple generations to come in Khanalthok.