Elevate, a crowdfunding platform, allows an opportunity for the community to support projects that are meaningful to them.
Elevate, a crowdfunding platform, allows an opportunity for the community to support projects that are meaningful to them.

Elevate, UofL’s official crowdfunding platform, will launch on Monday, April 24. 

Elevate will feature noteworthy initiatives from across campus and provide the opportunity for the community to engage with and give to projects meaningful to them. It will also provide an outlet to students, faculty and staff to use this platform to share their story and help impact their respective areas.

“Project pages help share the story of innovative and critical causes across campus,” said Will Holley, director of Annual Giving. “Donors will get to see the direct impact of their support almost immediately.”   

Each donation goes directly to the project chosen. Gifts made through Elevate are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

“Elevate will help take the passions of our campus and bring them to life through our community’s generosity and support,” said Holley. “Whether you are interested in utilizing Elevate to launch your project or find a project that inspires you to give, this platform and our office are here to help.”

Initial projects

Seven projects will run through the month of May, with causes ranging from ROTC equipment and service learning trips to holistic autism treatment and Parkinson’s Disease.

For example, donors can choose to support the “Bridging the Gap” project, which helps UofL’s steel bridge team compete nationally. For more than 70 years, UofL’s chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has evolved into one of the nation’s largest and most active student chapters. This year, our chapter aims to participate in 10 events which include the Steel Bridge Competition, Concrete Canoe, Water Quality, Environmental, Technical Papers, Surveying, Concrete Bat, Concrete Horseshoe, Civil Site Design, Balsa Wood Bridge, and Geotechnical. Donations go directly to providing civil engineering students practical hands-on training to better compete.

Donations can also help School of Medicine students provide critical medical services in Tanzania, Ecuador and Nicaragua; or help purchase books for the Reach Out and Read providers at UofL Pediatric Clinic, which encourages families to read aloud and engage with their young children every day in an effort to improve school readiness.

More information about Elevate and its projects is available online

Lindsay Wehr is the Director of Advancement Communication in the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. She helps manage the communication strategy for Alumni Relations, Annual Giving, the Advancement team as needed, and alumni-specific unit communication. Lindsay is a double alumnae of UofL and has been on staff for nearly 8 years. Past work experience includes the UofL Office of Admissions, Rosa Mosaic & Tile, General Electric, and K.O.R.T.