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Ramfunder generates community support for student projects

With GoFundMe campaigns that raise money for lifesaving surgeries and Kickstarter projects that help fund small, creative projects, crowdfunding is an easy way to raise funds or donate. 

Created in 2013, Ramfunder is Colorado State University’s official crowdfunding platform, geared toward University-sponsored programs and student organizations.

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“It was mainly meant to give an opportunity for people to fundraise for smaller projects that typically weren’t very conducive to the different tools we have available,” said Doug Patmore, the assistant director of operations for the Office of Annual Giving. “We figured out this was a great way to overlay the crowdfunding concept on top of philanthropy, allowing people to support a project on campus.” 

Currently featured on Ramfunder’s homepage are campaigns for scholarships, club projects, research support and club travel expenses. 

Chandler Patterson, a CSU senior business administration major and president of the women’s club soccer team, said the soccer team uses Ramfunder to support their trip to nationals every year.

Despite not raising enough funds during Patterson’s freshman year and submitting their application too late her sophomore year, Patterson said their campaign this year was quite successful they surpassed their goal and raised $3,125.

We felt that this presented an opportunity not only to bring more alumni back into the fold to give back to the University, but to shine a spotlight on different projects that can be quite brilliant.” -Doug Patmore, assistant director of operations, Office of Annual Funding

Starting a project only requires one person from a club or organization to submit a form on the Ramfunder website. After the project is approved, a fundraising representative will work with the club to gather all campaign requirements and help with marketing. The basic requirements include a featured image, a brief video, a description of the club and a purpose behind the fundraiser. 

“We felt that this presented an opportunity not only to bring more alumni back into the fold to give back to the University, but to shine a spotlight on different projects that can be quite brilliant,” Patmore said. “They’ve just never had the right vehicle to generate support.”

Arianna Punzalan, an ecology graduate student, said although it took many months to put together the video for her project (which is not yet published), the process to get the project off the ground took only a few weeks. 

Punzalan is fundraising for the Front Range Student Ecology Symposium, an annual conference that allows students to present their research to their peers and gain professional skills and experience. Punzalan said their video took so long to put together because they wanted it to be high quality and usable for other projects.

“It’s an expensive process to put together the conference and keep it free for students participating, so the funding that is generated through Ramfunder will go toward the general FRSES fund,” Punzalan said.

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According to the Ramfunder website, since its conception, the platform has had 60 successful campaigns, 4,300 supporters and $301,000 raised. 

“I think there’s probably a lot more opportunity out there,” Patmore said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for students, faculty (and) staff to generate their own project support. We’re excited to try to grow the program.”

Serena Bettis can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @serenaroseb

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Serena Bettis, Editor in Chief
Serena Bettis is your 2022-23 editor in chief and is in her final year studying journalism and political science. In her three years at The Collegian, Bettis has also been a news reporter, copy editor, news editor and content managing editor, and she occasionally takes photos, too. When Bettis was 5, her family moved from Iowa to a tiny town northwest of Fort Collins called Livermore, Colorado, before eventually moving to Fort Collins proper. When she was 8 years old, her dad enrolled at Colorado State University as a nontraditional student veteran, where he found his life's passion in photojournalism. Although Bettis' own passion for journalism did not stem directly from her dad, his time at CSU and with The Collegian gave her the motivation to bite down on her fear of talking to strangers and find The Collegian newsroom on the second day of classes in 2019. She's never looked back since. Considering that aforementioned fear, Bettis is constantly surprised to be where she is today. However, thanks to the supportive learning environment at The Collegian and inspiring peers, Bettis has not stopped chasing her teenage dream of being a professional journalist. Between working with her section editors, coordinating news stories between Rocky Mountain Student Media departments and coaching new reporters, Bettis gets to live that dream every day. When she's not in the newsroom or almost falling asleep in class, you can find Bettis working in the Durrell Marketplace and Café or outside gazing at the beauty that is our campus (and running inside when bees are nearby). This year, Bettis' goals for The Collegian include continuing its trajectory as a unique alt-weekly newspaper, documenting the institutional memory of the paper to benefit students in years to come and fostering a sense of community and growth both inside the newsroom and through The Collegian's published work. Bettis would like to encourage anyone with story ideas, suggestions, questions, concerns or comments to reach out to her at editor@collegian.com.

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