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New UK Crowdfunding Platform to Provide Philanthropic Opportunities for UK Community

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 10, 2017) — University of Kentucky students, student organizations, faculty and staff may now raise funds for innovative UK programs and initiatives through a new, convenient, university-wide crowdfunding platform — Big Blue Crowdfunding.

Set to go live Jan. 11, the crowdfunding service was developed by UK Philanthropy, in partnership with its online giving service, Network for Good.

According to Mike Richey, vice president for philanthropy, Big Blue Crowdfunding will allow donors to give directly to projects they find compelling.

“As Kentucky’s flagship university, UK is ‘dedicated to improving people's lives through excellence in education, research and creative work, service and health care.’ While utilizing social media, Big Blue Crowdfunding will advance UK’s mission by supporting programs and initiatives that are meaningful and inspirational to our alumni and friends.”

For members of the UK community, Big Blue Crowdfunding allows them to create and share online fundraising campaigns with engaged supporters.

“Featured projects must support UK programs and initiatives, have specific goals and be driven by tangible accomplishments,” said Sarah Fitzgerald, associate director of annual giving. “Each project will be hosted on the crowdfunding platform for a pre-determined amount of time, no more than four to six weeks, though some exceptions may apply.”

To apply, interested parties are asked to review the crowdfunding policy and complete the Big Blue Crowdfunding application located at https://uky.networkforgood.com/causes/4699-big-blue-crowdfunding. Please allow up to 10 business days for a response. The Office of Philanthropy will review the crowdfunding applications on a first-come, case-by-case basis. For additional details, please contact Sarah Fitzgerald at sarah.fitzgerald@uky.edu.

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue