Auburn University’s online crowdfunding initiative, Tiger Giving Day, fully funded 22 projects for various schools, projects, and units across campus. Ending at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 21, the online fundraising event inspired gifts from nearly 3,000 Auburn alumni, friends, and fans, who raised more than $500,000.
Each project was showcased on the TigerGiving.org site and ranged from providing five job internships for student-athletes in Auburn Athletics to an upgraded nursery and portable ultrasound machine for Canine Performance Sciences detection dogs.
One of the projects featured included the Auburn Wheelchair Basketball team, who sought to raise funds for specialized equipment and exceeded their goal by 148 percent, raising $17,760.
“Thank you for all of the donations,” said Matt Jones, a student-athlete on the team. “We are at 148 percent of our goal. It’s going to be great for us. We’re going to get new weight equipment, new chairs, and a shooting gun [a machine which returns balls to players]. It’s just incredible.”
Hallie Nelson, a senior majoring in biosystems engineering, was the student ambassador for the Campus Kitchens project, an initiative that packages unused food from the campus dining halls and serves it to those in need locally. This project raised $6,380, exceeding its goal by 127 percent.
“We are so excited that we surpassed our goal for Tiger Giving Day,” Nelson said. “Each week, it costs about $100 to package and distribute over 400 meals to the community. Thanks to the donations that we received on Tiger Giving Day, we have enough funding for meals for a full year. Now, we can start to expand some of our other programs or purchase a new refrigerator and continue growing.”
In addition to the above projects, gifts from Tiger Giving Day donors enabled the following:
• High school students who aspire to learn more about the field of pharmacy will gain hands-on experience through the Harrison School of Pharmacy’s first-ever Pharmacy Summer Camp.
• Expressions of a Braveheart, a fine arts program for special needs youth, managed by the Social Work program in the College of Liberal Arts, now has needed supplies to continue offering new, engaging experiences for participants.
• The Veterans Success program raised needed scholarship funds to help student veterans complete their degrees.
• Improvements will be made to Lowder Hall to enhance the student experience, such as charging stations, seating area, and study benches.
• Auburn engineering students will travel to remote communities in Rwanda and Bolivia to help provide residents there with clean drinking water.
• The School of Nursing can conduct mobile health clinics for two semesters to residents in the community with limited or no access to healthcare.
• Urban Studio, part of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction, can purchase a new plotter, or drafting printer, to print better quality drawings and renderings to continue their innovative design work in Birmingham.
• The College of Education can create a makerspace equipped with 3D printer technology for students pursuing a degree in a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) field.
• Students applying for a prestigious scholarship (such as the Rhodes) will be able to receive assistance, such as resume advice to purchasing an interview suit to study abroad experience through the National Prestigious Scholarship program, housed in the Honors College.
• Students in the Harbert College of Business will be able to accept internships in major cities where the cost of living might otherwise be prohibitive.
• The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences will have a portable sawmill for educational, outreach, and research opportunities.
• Underprivileged or underrepresented children who are interested in learning about the veterinary field can attend Vet Camp through the College of Veterinary Medicine.
• Two small satellites that will study gamma rays originating from thunderstorms will be sent into space by students and faculty members in Auburn’s Student Space Program.
• Students reserving study rooms in the RBD Library will have continued access to the often overlooked resource of dry erase markers for the whiteboards.
• Passport fees will be covered for 38 first-generation students who would like to study abroad and need financial assistance.
• A student with financial need will be able to attend the first study abroad program for pre-medicine students, sponsored by the College of Sciences and Mathematics.
• More volunteers can be trained and receive water testing kits to monitor an increased number of Alabama rivers, lakes, bays, and bayous for bacterial and chemical pollution through the Alabama Water Watch project under the College of Agriculture.
• The outdoor sculpture, Self-Portrait as Bunnies (The Bathers), is now a permanent exhibit, rather than being on loan, at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art.
• Two full scholarships will be provided to incoming first-year students to attend Plainsman’s Prep, a program designed to help students with math skills before entering a STEM field.
• An amount of $30,347 was raised toward Auburn Club Scholarships by 486 members of the Auburn Alumni Association’s Auburn Clubs.
• Three prospective STEM graduate students from historically black colleges and universities will be able to attend the Future Summer Research Bridge Program, sponsored by the Graduate School.
• Funds were raised toward purchasing a 3D printer and supplies for apparel students in the College of Human Sciences.
• Safety equipment and free OSHA safety courses will be provided for all Auburn students who plan to work on construction-related service projects.
• A display case will be constructed for Auburn’s dinosaur egg, housed in the Auburn University Museum of Natural History.