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February 26, 2014

Crowding Around Campus Projects

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Paying the launch fee for the first made-in-Alberta satellite is one of the University of Alberta projects being supported through crowdfunding, a dynamic online way for large groups of grassroots supporters to chip in money to finance dream projects on campus.

The U of A is the first university in Canada to work with USEED, an organization dedicated to supporting post-secondary institutions with crowdfunding.

 “This is part of the University of Alberta’s commitment to growing its philanthropic outreach,” said O’Neil Outar, Vice-President of the Office of Advancement.

Crowdfunding “enhances the U of A’s traditional and existing sources of philanthropy, providing an additional, fun way to help student initiatives and campus projects achieve excellence,” said Outar.

“The power of crowdfunding is that no amount is too small, people can give whatever they feel they can afford, and with a big crowd of supporters, it all adds up to make a difference. By donating, you join a community in supporting a student, a research team, or a project exploring something new.”

U of A physics professor Ian Mann and his student research team want to raise up to $60,000 needed for the space weather satellite project and are mobilizing popular support through crowdfunding.

“We are looking for Albertans to help the U of A launch into the space race for the 21st century by donating to this project. This is a fantastic opportunity for science and engineering students to be involved in the hands-on design, building and operation of a space mission,” he said.

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