Campus & Culture

Student Leaders Launch SJU Crowdfunding Campaign

by Emmalee Eckstein

Students help build a home.

Among the programs that will benefit from crowdfunding is APEX, which sends hundreds of students to the Appalachian region to perform service during spring break.

With the launch of major online platforms like GoFundMe and Kickstarter, crowdfunding has easily become one of the most popular ways for individuals and organizations to raise funds for their passion projects. Saint Joseph’s University is now throwing its hat into the ring with the launch of SJU Crowdfunding, a five-week crowdfunding campaign driven by student leaders.

Starting on Monday, Oct. 28, four student projects will begin fundraising for the campus programs they value most by promoting crowdfunding campaigns to their SJU peers and personal networks. In partnership with the Office of University Advancement, students are raising funds for APEX (the Appalachian Experience), the #BeCivil inclusion and equality campaign run by student government, chemistry equipment for labs and a trip to the American Marketing Association conference.

“At St. Joe's, we have seen that crowdfunding is one of the most effective ways to engage alumni – particularly young alumni – who are passionate about supporting the efforts of their alma mater,” remarks Joe Kender, VP of University Relations at SJU. “Being able to amplify the grassroots activities of our students is exciting and is a connection that many of our donors feel is really powerful.”

Over the next five weeks, SJU News will be exploring each one of these projects to give the SJU community a better understanding of how important they are to our Hawks. SJU Crowdfunding will run from Monday, Oct. 28 – Tuesday, Dec. 3, or #GivingTuesday.

To learn more about SJU Crowdfunding projects, visit