For Giving Tuesday, one community college decided to take a fundraising approach that, it hopes, will really strike a chord.
To convey the power of giving, Harper College created an original song and music video for Giving Tuesday, a global day of philanthropy. The 40,000-student college, located outside Chicago, has a big Giving Tuesday goal: to raise $20,000 for scholarships.
The video features students with dreams of being engineers, entrepreneurs and more—but, they sing, “we need your help.” Filmed on campus, the video features students, faculty and staff—plus a cameo from Harper College President Ken Ender.
Songwriter Kevin Prchal, digital content specialist at Harper and Chicago musician, says he appreciates being able to shine a light on how the college helps transform students’ lives.
“It’s been kind of surreal to have my life outside of work intersect with my life at Harper, but I really think ‘Believe’ captures the heart of this place,” says Prchal. “It’s a snapshot of what we’re all about and what we’re doing here.”
Giving Tuesday, this year on Nov. 28, 2017, falls on the Tuesday after the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. Since its inception in 2012, the day of giving has grown significantly: In 2016, Giving Tuesday drew a record $168 million in charitable donations, a 44 percent increase from 2015.
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