California-based San Marcos Middle School showed us how they put the crowd in crowdfunding, recently raising more than $4,000.00 to attend the prestigious Global Classrooms International Model UN Conference in Manhattan. Funds collected will cover everything from airfare and transfers to lodging, food and fun cultural experiences like museum visits relevant to the topics of the conference.
After first learning about the concept of online fundraising and Tilt from the Jamaican Bobsled Team’s victorious efforts to take them to Sochi nearly two years ago, San Marcos Middle School teacher and trip leader Lawrence Osen felt compelled to give it a try. He had noted striking similarities between the global, community-based efforts, and felt that the amplified reach of the Internet combined with a secure platform to accept contributions could help the school spread the word and collect money outside of their local school community.
“Like the Jamaican Bobsled Team,” he said, “we too are working to come together to do something that many people from around the world consider exciting and important.”