Philanthropy

Points for a Purpose

Overview

Points for a Purpose is a new initiative at Northwestern University that focuses on local food security issues. In partnership with dining services, Points for a Purpose organizes the drive that allows students to donate leftover meal points or munch money at the end of each quarter by swiping their Wildcard at any of the C-stores across campus. This money is then used to purchase food for distribution to people who would not be able to afford it otherwise.

Schedule/ Commitment


We volunteer a couple times a quarter. The commitment for members is to attend our once-a-week meeting, and all other events we have - particularly putting in a good amount of work for the quarterly points drive. Our volunteer schedule depends on the quarter and what organizations we reach out to have availability and need for volunteers on a particular date.

Community Partners


Campus Kitchens

Contact


Email: matthewfaden2018@u.northwestern.edu;
DanielSosnovsky2017@u.northwestern.edu
Wildcat Connection Page

Dance Marathon

Overview

Now in its 43rd year, NUDM is one of the largest entirely student-run philanthropies in the nation. Since 1975, NUDM has raised more than $17 million for more than 30 different charities. Last year, NUDM raised over $1 million dollars for its sixth consecutive year in support of Blessings in a Backpack — an organization that, through an all-volunteer network, mobilizes communities, individuals and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry — and the Evanston Community Foundation. To learn more, visit www.nudm.org


Schedule/ Commitment


Any Northwestern undergraduate can sign up to be a dancer and participate in our 30-hour marathon in early March. We also 10 committees with a total of 450 members who attend weekly meetings and help organize all the planning of DM throughout the year. There are also lots of special events from November through February that anyone in the NU community can attend. Similarly, this year any students had the opportunity to pack bags of food every week for food-insecure Evanston children on the free and reduced meal plan. We also had an Evanston Community Foundation Service Day where students could volunteer for a few hours at local Evanston organizations.

Community Partners


Our community partners vary annually depending on who is chosen as our primary beneficiary. This year GiGi’s Playhouse our primary beneficiary. GiGi's Playhouse is a nationwide network of Down syndrome achievement centers that impacts the lives of children and adults with Down syndrome through free educational and therapeutic programs. Through these programs, campaigns and community engagements, GiGi’s aims to change the world’s outdated perception of individuals with Down syndrome in a movement toward global acceptance for people of all abilities. To learn more, visit gigisplayhouse.org. The Evanston Community Foundation is NUDM's secondary beneficiary and has been for 19 years. 

Contact


Email: exec@nudm.org; engagement@nudm.org;
Wildcat Connection Page

Applause for a Cause

Overview

Applause for a Cause is a philanthropic film production company that makes a feature-length fim and donates all of the money raised to charity. Applause's 2010-2011 feature, RUSH, raised $1,500 for the Ronald McDonald House. Another film, Summer's Winter, raised $2,300 for Connections for the Homeless.


In order to join Applause, all you need is enthusiasm and a positive attitude! We highly encourage non-film majors to join the club as there are many positions outside of the filmmaking process such as the Publicity, Beneficiary Relations, and Fundraising teams. Put simply: if you want to get involved, this is the club for you!
We could use all the help we could get in making this movie! No prior experience is needed and there are many different positions that we are looking for. Just have prospective student volunteers reach out to me for more information!

Schedule/ Commitment


Our members help in making a movie every year in which the proceeds from the film premiere go towards charity. You could consider that a kind of volunteer work in which they participate weekly during winter quarter. However, more traditionally, we hope to get members involved with our beneficiary this year, Supplies for Dreams.

Community Partners


Supplies for Dreams

Contact


Email: KhoaTruong2018@u.northwestern.edu
Wildcat Connection Page

China Care

Overview

China Care is a cultural philanthropy group who helps to fund surgeries for Chinese orphans with disabilities and provides programming for adopted Chinese children who live in the Chicagoland area.

Schedule/ Commitment


For volunteers, our playgroup events are open, which means students can come to whichever events they would like. During playgroups, volunteers can help run the Chinese cultural activities we have and hang out with the kids. These events occur roughly every month.

Community Partners


Half the Sky, Chinese Adoption in the Chicagoland Area

Contact


Email: arleenli2016@u.northwestern.edu
Wildcat Connection Page