It's time for #CSEdWeek!

On behalf of our entire team at Hacker Fund, we wanted to thank you for your support last week as we celebrated Giving Tuesday! With your help, we were able to raise over $15,000 collectively from all of the fundraisers that were created through Facebook!

So, what's next?!

We're now raising funds in honor of Computer Science Education Week! For the next week, our nation is celebrating a commitment to computer science education and the spread of resources nationwide.

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Since we were successfully admitted into Facebook's nonprofit program and now anyone can start a fundraiser through Facebook to support us year-round!

With your campaign, the goal will be to raise $250 by December 31st, 2016 in order to pay for the onboarding cost of 5 new mentors for Hacker Fund. For the last two years, we have been inspiring students nationwide via our mentors and now we are looking to onboard more.

It costs $50 to recruit, certify, and onboard one mentor to Hacker Fund. All mentors are vetted by industry professionals and receive a background check in order to ensure that they are suitable and safe to inspire kids.

Since 2014, the Hacker Fund team has served over 50 events in the United States and has inspired over 10,000 students to pursue education in STEM. Our mentor program as is now expanding nationwide and we cannot reach the kids without your help!

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Here's how you can help today!

I have outlined several steps you can take to set up your fundraiser below:

Step 1: Go to you "Home" tab on Facebook and scroll to the bottom of your left-hand Menu panel.

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If you do not see the button on your left-hand Menu panel, feel free to click here to be redirected.

Step 2: Click "Raise Money" and a smaller window will open.

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Step 3: Click "Browse All" on search for "Hacker Fund" and make sure to include the space between Hacker and Fund.

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Step 4: Once you have chosen Hacker Fund, you will be able to begin inputting your text.

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Step 5: Customize your content!

We'd love for you to add personality to your text and description. Here are the details we want to make sure you include:

  • Please use this format for the Fundraising Title: Help [your first name] raise $250 to bring on new STEM mentors for kids!

  • Set December 31, 2016 as your end date.

  • Your goal amount is $250.00.

  • If you would like a custom photo, please message us. If you have volunteered with us in the past, we most likely have a photo of you in action. We can send you those photos for you to include!

In regards to the section titled, "Tell Your Story" feel free to use your own words to describe your experiences with Hacker Fund but here is an excerpt to include:

In the spirit of Computer Science Education Week, I am helping Hacker Fund raise funds to bring on at least 5 new mentors to their team. It costs $50 to recruit, certify, and onboard one mentor to Hacker Fund. All mentors are vetted by industry professionals and receive a background check in order to ensure that they are suitable and safe to inspire kids. Since 2014, the Hacker Fund team has served over 50 events in the United States and has inspired over 10,000 students to pursue education in STEM. Our mentor program as is now expanding nationwide and we cannot reach the kids without your help!

If you’re a mentor/volunteer with us, insert a personal experience about mentoring/volunteer with Hacker Fund; if you're a support who has not participated in our Mentor Program yet, please insert your opinion about why mentorship in computer science is important!

Step 6: Publish and share!

Once you post the the fundraiser, please invite your friends to donate!

To see fundraisers in action that were published by your fellow Hacker Fund supporters, feel free to click here.

You can even send mass chat messages to your Facebook friends and they'll receive it as a 1:1 message through Messenger! This tool is amazing for opening conversations with new folks and also for thanking your donors. Simply click Contact People on your fundraiser home page and then you'll see the message tab pop up!

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You're all set!

Thank you so much for being with us today as we celebrate #CSEdWeek! We can't thank you enough for the support you've given us thus far! <3

If you have any questions or issues setting up your fundraiser, do not hesitate to reach out to me.