“This is a way for alumni, faculty, staff and friends to provide financial support directly to areas within the university that they care about most.”
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has launched a crowdfunding website to give its alumni and friends a more immediate way to support targeted key initiatives at its Daytona Beach, Prescott and Worldwide campuses.
“This is a way for alumni, faculty, staff and friends to provide financial support directly to areas within the university that they care about most,” said Bill Hampton, senior vice president for external relations and chief marketing officer. “Many initiatives and projects have immediate and substantial needs, and this tool allows donors to make a difference with the click of a button.”
Located at crowdfunding.erau.edu, the site will not be limited to specific areas of the university. “Any great project or idea is up for consideration,” said Hampton. “The tool is powerful and nimble enough to be used to support a variety of areas.”
At its launch, the site is featuring ambitious projects and initiatives that go beyond the classroom, including creating a consumer guide for small unmanned aircraft systems, building a space habitat simulator out of a 1976 Airstream trailer and launching a student-built rocket into space.
“Crowdfunding enables faculty and students to push the boundaries of education and allows for the funding of hands-on student projects and experiential learning,” said Kenneth L. Witcher, dean of the College of Aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Worldwide Campus.
Many educational and research initiatives are short on time and money, two challenges that crowdfunding was specifically designed to help remedy. The platform allows students and faculty to promote their most critical fundraising needs to potential donors using the Internet and social media, getting real-time results for their efforts.
“Our team is extremely excited for this project, and every dollar we earn is precious to us,” said Bryce Chanes, a Prescott Campus student and project manager for the Eagle Space Flight Team.
The Embry-Riddle crowdfunding website debuted with seven projects that are seeking funds:
To find out more about Embry-Riddle’s crowdfunding efforts, go to crowdfunding.erau.edu.
Melanie Stawicki Azam